New Bolton Center Kennett Square, PA
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Ryan Hospital Philadelphia, PA


The School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania is pleased to offer externship opportunities in the Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital to senior students at other veterinary institutions. Whenever possible, we recommend that extern students complete the equivalent "core" material at their own institution prior to the Penn Rotation(s). Externships are only available in the summer and fall semesters, rotations 1 –16 of our School’s schedule. Exceptions include the externships for the Working Dog Center and the Large Animal Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Giving us some flexibility in scheduling (dates and/or desired rotations) will increase the likelihood that we can schedule you. Your rotation(s) must correspond exactly to our schedule. No Exceptions. When requesting a rotation - list first, second, third choices if possible. Clearly indicate whether you are requesting two weeks or four weeks. We will accept students for no more than two (2), two-week rotations. We will schedule extern students after we know the clinical scheduling needs for the Penn Vet clinical students.

Please be aware that these are participatory externships and not merely “shadowing” experiences. You will be responsible for many aspects of patient care and will be required to provide treatments for hospitalized patients, including weekends. You will be expected to honor and complete your externship commitment as well as have the ability to read, write and speak in English. Preference is given to students from AVMA Accredited Veterinary Colleges.

What You Need to Know

If you need further information, please email

If you are interested in an externship with the Penn Vet Working Dog Center, please email Dr. Cynthia Otto at

  • Be certain that you select the correct application type as well as the correct application date.
  • Your dates must match our exactly and your application must include all required documents.

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