Welcome to your ​new classroom
Make the real world your classroom and learn from ​​​the best in a supportive culture where you can grow and thrive.

Get Your Feet Wet

DVM Summer Experiences
Work side by side with experienced veterinary professionals to provide the best medical care to owners and pets. Expand your medical skills and technical knowledge while learning about the veterinary profession. The program is active from May to September.
Student Ambassadors
Serve as the primary liaison between the student body and VCA by providing answers and resources to students about VCA's programs and assisting in planning campus events.

Become a better doctor faster with
VCA internships.

90% of interns who applied for advanced
​​​​​​​training in 2021 were accepted to the program of their choice.

Dive Deep

When you join...​​​​​​​

Paws First Year Veterinarian Package

A helping hand to start your career on the right foot.
​​​​​​​Learn and build confidence
Receive personalized mentorship for your area of interest and paid continuing education with an annual $3,000 stipend for opportunities of your choice and 40 hours of additional PTO.
Reduce financial stress $1,000 monthly direct student debt contributions and ProSal - receive your salary or a % of your production, whichever is greater, with no negative accrual, plus a $2,500 bonus for each completed program (externship or Summer Experience) up to $10,000.


The VCA Academy mentorship program is just the beginning of a dynamic career path. Available at all Primary Care locations and select Specialty and ER locations, new and recent veterinary graduates receive one-on-one mentorship with experienced, engaged veterinarians. Mentorship is customized to your interests and progression is based on your pace and skill development.
  • The 6-month Primary Care program has three areas of focus – surgery, dentistry, and medical appointments.
  • The 6-month ER program includes didactic training and a 2-day hands-on ER Skills workshop.

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Learning at Your Own Pace

Weekly check-ins with your mentoring team help you decide the best next steps and tailored phases of mentorship are based on your interests and needs.
One-On-One Mentorship
With engaged doctors and staff focused on your area(s) of interest
Competitive Compensation
Along with a comprehensive benefits package, 401(k), and generous Associate discounts
Personalized Structured Mentorship Program
For the first 90 days + continued support with increased autonomy and mutual feedback
Interactive and Collaborative Learning Environments
With access to diverse medical expertise and a vast network of veterinary specialists
Online University
With extensive educational resources in advanced clinical medicine and business education
Continued Learning and Professional Growth
Through leading-edge education, real-life work experience and focused career-path building
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"The program's design is truly focused on guiding new graduates on the best trajectory to begin their careers. You can appreciate the immense effort that VCA devoted to the development of this opportunity for new doctors."

Amanda Tabone

DVM, VCA Angel Animal Hospital