*Please read before filling out the form!*
The field of veterinary medicine is one that is
strenuous but rewarding. Many people have
contemplated the idea of working with animals or
becoming a veterinarian, but few know where to
begin. The answer: internships.
Most people will not know if this is the right field for
them until they see for themselves; this is where
practical internships come in, and that is what we
provide here at Ridgefield Park Animal Hospital. We
give the ability to see how an animal hospital
functions behind the front desk, as well as let you be
a part of it. You will be able to shadow the veterinarian
and technicians throughout a typical day and see
exactly what this profession consists of. From
appointments to surgeries to laboratory work to
keeping records and communicating with clients, you
will have a primary perspective into the animal
Veterinary hours, such as those accrued in our
internships, can be logged to be implemented
for practical hours for applicable veterinary assistant
and veterinary technician academic programs. These
hours also have value if a student chooses to apply
for veterinary school.
We have worked with many partnerships for
internships in the past, including Animal Behavior
College (ABC), Penn Foster, Rutgers Unviersity, and
many local high schools with externship
We consider all applicants that are at least 16 years
of age and who have a willingness to learn. No prior
veterinary experience is required for our internships.
If you have a disability, please inform us when applying
and we will do our best to accommodate you.
All applicants that meet minimum qualifications will be asked to interview with either one of our veterinarians, our office manager, or our head technician. There will also be a a tour of the hospital. Please make sure to check your email or phone for correspondence from us.
Interns will be given learning objectives as a guideline for an idea of what they should be learning during their time at our hospital. Such tasks and information will be taught in a practical setting, integrated through the normal day, in order to facilitate the realities of the veterinary field with the advantage of a learning perspective.
Like most other animal hospitals and veterinary clinics, the Ridgefield Park Animal Hospital provides its interns with a wealth of information and hours that can be then utilized in pursuit of a veterinary-related career. As such, we do not offer paid internships. The Ridgefield Park Animal Hospital recognizes the commitment exemplified by our interns and, in return, provide lunch each day, along with a 30 minute break.
Availability and scheduling for internships are based on the current number of interns we currently have, which changes based on the time of year. Providing your availability in the form allows us to more appropriately place you so that the staff are able to give you the appropriate time and education.
The Ridgefield Park Animal Hospital runs Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 7:00pm, and Saturday, 8:30am to 2:00pm. Surgeries are scheduled every day but Saturday and usually happen before 3:00pm. Appointments are scheduled at any time. As an intern, you are not required to be present the entire day; we can work with your availability as you list in your application. Any further questions/concerns can be addressed in the final box of the application form.
*We are currently accepting internship applications for all those interested in weekday assignments!*