Master Your Profession
VCA has several programs to help team members become experts in their fields.
VCA’s externship program allows you to gain valuable real-world experience by taking what you’ve learned in the classroom and bringing it to the clinic.
New Graduate Mentorship
New veterinary school graduates hired at any VCA location are automatically enrolled the new Graduate Mentorship Program through VCA Academy. There are tracks for GP and ER. Each new veterinarian is assigned a mentor who will walk them through their first 90 days in practice, assisting with the transition from student to doctor.
Internship Program and Sponsored Residency Program
VCA is the largest provider of post-graduate veterinary education in North America with our internship program and our sponsored residency program. VCA hosts intern classes at 35 hospitals in multiple states with a wide variety of programs to develop veterinarians in either specialty or GP/ER training.
As a VCA intern, you will see a large number of different medical and surgical cases and have the support of specialists to hone your diagnostic skills and treatment plans. An internship is a great start to a successful career. VCA has specialty internships that are created every year depending on the needs of our interns. Our success rate in placing our interns into advanced training is over 80%, with a staff member dedicated to fueling the success of our interns.
VCA was the first company to create sponsored residencies at veterinary universities and we currently have over 50 sponsored residents working at veterinary teaching hospitals or in VCA specialty practices.
Technician and Assistant Development Program
VCA is committed to elevating the technicians within our hospitals and within the industry. With this commitment in mind, VCA created the Technician and Assistant Development Program. The goal of this program is to allow technicians and assistants to advance their medical,communication, and leadership skills. This program offers opportunity like tech school scholarships for assistants and paths to VTS for technicians. Whether you are a new grad or have 20+ years of experience, the Development Program will bring your career to the next level.
Every year since 2003, VCA has awarded worthy recipients North American Veterinary Conference Institute scholarships, which cover all expenses for travel and training in Orlando, Florida. That’s 273 scholarships and counting! In 2019, there were 29 scholarship winners recognized for clinical excellence, dedication to lifetime learning and leadership.