Externship Application

An Update on Penn’s Plans for the Fall Semester
It is the University's expectation to return to an in-person teaching, research, and residential environment for the fall of 2021. This includes allowing visitors onto campus.

COVID-19 and Flu Vaccination Requirement for Student Externs
Student externs must be fully vaccinated (i.e., two weeks after the last dose of the vaccine) against COVID-19 before they participate in an externship at Penn Vet and offer proof of a flu vaccine within the last 12 months. Externs must upload their proof of vaccination for COVID and flu in addition to rabies vaccine. Student externs MUST submit proof of a negative COVID-19 test result one week prior to their arrival at Penn Vet.

The School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania is pleased to offer externship opportunities in the Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital to senior students at other veterinary institutions. Whenever possible, we recommend that extern students complete the equivalent "core" material at their own institution prior to the Penn Rotation(s). Externships are only available in the summer and fall semesters, rotations 1 –16 of our School’s schedule. The exception to this is The Working Dog Center and Large Animal Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Giving us some flexibility in scheduling (dates and/or desired rotations) will increase the likelihood that we can schedule you. Your rotation(s) must correspond exactly to our schedule. No Exceptions. When requesting a rotation - list first, second, third choices if possible. Clearly indicate whether you are requesting two weeks or four weeks. We will accept students for no more than two (2), two-week rotations. We will schedule extern students after we know the clinical scheduling needs for the Penn Vet clinical students.

Please be aware that these are participatory externships and not merely “shadowing” experiences. You will be responsible for many aspects of patient care and will be required to provide treatments for hospitalized patients, including weekends. You will be expected to honor and complete your externship commitment as well as have the ability to read, write and speak in English. Preference is given to students from AVMA Accredited Veterinary Colleges.

Application Requirements

  • A letter from the Office of the Dean that you are a full time student, in good academic standing, eligible to enter your senior year.
  • Proof of Health Insurance, either through your University or through Private Health Insurance at least one month prior to your scheduled rotation. You are financially responsible for any medical costs you may incur during your externship.
  • Proof of Liability Insurance, through your home institution, at least one month prior to your scheduled rotation
  • Proof of pre - exposure rabies vaccination.
  • Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination.
  • Proof of Flu Vaccine.
  • $90 Application fee.

We are unable to offer visa sponsorship to foreign national participants in these externships. ESTA, B-1, and J-1 prohibit clinical contact with patients. F-1 requires the equivalent of full-time course enrollment. These restrictions are not compatible with the requirements of the PennVet externship program.

How to submit an externship application