VEG Externship Program

Veterinary Emergency Group has one mission: help people and their pets when they need it most. VEG is a fast-growing group of hospitals that has completely overhauled pet emergency and urgent care with a progressive and client-centered approach, rapid response times, and a highly-focused emergency-only team.


Our Externship Program gives students intensive hands-on emergency medicine experience and the chance to work alongside skilled emergency doctors. Students will focus on learning how to communicate effectively with our clients, diagnose a variety of emergency conditions, develop emergency treatment plans, and collaborate with support staff in a fast-paced environment.


Accepting students currently enrolled in 3rd or 4th year DVM program at an AVMA accredited university.

Our externship gives you the advantage of:

  • Flexibility: You can choose how long your externship is going to be.
  • Location: Our group of VEG practices is rapidly growing, which means you have multiple locations to choose from
  • Mentorship: You’ll get to partner with a senior ER doctor for the duration of your externship
  • Focus: Emergency medicine is all we do—so you’ll be fully immersed in what that truly entails
  • Housing: Housing assistance is available to students on an as-needed basis. More information on the requirements to qualify for housing and how to apply for it can be found on the externship application.

Externship FAQs

How far in advance must I apply to an externship?

If you would like to complete an externship between the months of January 2022 and June 2022 please submit an application before the deadline of December 1, 2021. If you would like to complete an externship between the months of July 2022 - December 2022 please submit an application before the deadline of May 1, 2022.

Are the externships paid?

VEG externships are not paid experiences. VEG externships provide one on one hands-on learning experiences to students, you can’t put a price on knowledge!

How long can I do an externship?

VEG externships can be anywhere from 1-2 weeks in length. VEG recognizes that some externships will need to be longer; these externships are available on a limited first come first serve basis.

What year of vet school am I able to do an externship?

Currently externships are available to 3rd and 4th year students as well as 2nd year students in July after they have completed their 2nd year of school.

Can I do an externship between multiple VEG locations?

We require that students completing externships with VEG be fully vaccinated as well as receive a negative COVID test 48 hours before entering a VEG hospital. At this time VEG is not allowing students to complete an externship between multiple locations to lower the risk for not only the students but staff within our hospitals as well.

If you are interested in completing another externship with VEG, we allow students to complete up to 2 externships with VEG.


“VEG is the company that makes me feel like we are taking Veterinary Medicine in the right direction. I feel at home when I talk with current VEGgies.”

“I had an amazing time at VEG Fort Worth! The doctors at Fort Worth included me in all of their cases; discussed physical exams and treatment plans with me on both hospitalized patients and on new cases. I participated in numerous procedures where they allowed me to perform suturing, as well as allowed me to assist them in surgeries. The techs at VEG Fort Worth were also very welcoming and helped teach me new and helpful technical skills.”

“This week at VEG has honestly exceeded my expectations by far. The doctors and staff are all so knowledgeable and willing to teach me. I've learned so much so far in just a few days and really am excited for all that I am going to learn.”

“You have an incredibly talented team of doctors and support staff at South Brooklyn; it’s been a pleasure working with and learning from them.”

“I have really enjoyed my time at San Ramon. I really enjoy emergency medicine and absolutely love how VEG does it differently and better! It is such a welcoming and positive environment to be in.”

“I am so appreciative that I was able to make this last minute change to my clinical schedule for this externship. It has definitely confirmed my desire to work for VEG after graduation!”

“I had an absolutely spectacular time at the VEG Tampa location with Dr. Elizabeth Moses! I wanted to reiterate how valuable the experience was for me professionally from the interactions with the nurses, to the reception and customer experience advocates; everyone was truly top-notch!”

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