About Veterinary Sciences Internships Abroad
A World Endeavors internship in veterinary science gives interns the chance to experience the variety of veterinary work around the world and to get hands-on experience working with animals. Interns work alongside medical professionals, some in practices that treat domestic livestock and some working with exotic species. Depending on where they work, interns may assist with visits to local farms, provide counseling for the care of domestic and wild animals, assist with surgeries and medical procedures, and prescribe medicines based on doctors’ recommendations. Some administrative support work may also be part of interns’ responsibilities.
With any internship, specific daily responsibilities may vary based on the requirements of the host company or organization, as well as on the location or timeframe of the internship. The qualifications, skills, and experience of the intern may also influence the type and complexity of work assigned.
The Value of Interning Abroad
Many students spend hours in the classroom, only to graduate with no practical experience. Completing an international internship can give you the experience and confidence you need to pursue your chosen career after college. An international internship stands out on your resume, gives you an edge in a tough job market, and affords you a valuable global perspective. Interning abroad can also introduce you to different ways of working, giving you more flexibility and greater comfort with diverse points of view as you enter the workforce. Plus, interning in a non-English speaking country gives you the opportunity to greatly improve your foreign language proficiency, another skill that is highly valued by employers.
In the Spotlight: Veterinary Sciences Abroad
Few fields are as varied as veterinary medicine, and an internship abroad offers the opportunity to learn how vets around the world meet the challenges of their environments and communities. Interns gain valuable experience working directly with animals and their caretakers, and the experience of living and working abroad teaches interns the adaptability that is crucial to veterinary work.
Eligibility for Internships Abroad
Successful international interns have a strong desire to learn more about their chosen field, as well as to immerse themselves in a new culture and environment. World Endeavors looks for applicants who are hard working, adaptable, and able to work both independently and as part of a team. Previous professional work experience, academic coursework in the chosen field, or international experience is helpful but is not a requirement to participate in a World Endeavors international internship. In addition, foreign language proficiency is not a requirement for participation; even in non-English speaking countries, many English-language internships are available.
World Endeavors’ minimum age for participation is 18. There is no maximum age for participation. Due to the customized nature of our internship placements, interns at all stages of their careers are welcome on the program. If you have further questions about program eligibility, please contact a World Endeavors advisor.
Other Considerations for Veterinary Sciences Internships
Veterinary interns should have a strong interest in working with animals, and they must be willing to adapt to unfamiliar working situations and to different cultural practices regarding animal care. Good communication and interpersonal skills are very important. Interns should be motivated, self-directed, and eager to learn more about their chosen field.
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