Emergency and Critical Care Undergraduate Internship

The NCSU Veterinary Hospital is looking to offer upperclassmen the chance to have exposure to Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. Students will have the opportunity to shadow and work in the Emergency Department, Intermediate Care Unit, and Intensive Care Unit. They will also have exposure to academic level medicine and advanced referral medicine. Students will have the opportunity to sit in on doctor rounds, review pharmacology, access to continuing education, develop treatment plans, and care for hospitalized in and out-patients. Upon completion students will have a better appreciation and understanding of veterinary emergency and critical care at NC State. Students will also need to either SOAP a case or give a short presentation on a topic that interested them during their time at the Veterinary Hospital. Students will also receive a certificate of completion post internship.

Intern Tasks and Responsibilities


Emergencies occur at all hours of the day, therefore the Emergency and Critical Care Department is open and staffed 24/7/365. The ER is always staffed by at least one veterinarian and the ICU has a minimum of two veterinarians on shift at all times. This means that we are very accommodating to all schedules. All wards are staffed by Veterinary Technicians in addition to Veterinary Technician Specialists (ECC) who are all eager to teach and love interacting with students. 

Minimum Weekly Hours: 10

Students who complete the program, will be eligible and encouraged to apply for assistant positions in the Terry Center.

Basic Care

In all areas of the ECC department, interns will

  • Help obtain Vitals (Temperature, Heart Rate/Pulse, Respiratory Rate/Effort, Mucus Membranes, Capillary Refill Time, Pain Assessment Score, Noninvasive Blood Pressure)
  • Practice restraint: help with physical exams, blood draws and catheter placement 
  • Assist with room stocking and tidiness
  • Walk and weigh patients

ER (40 hours) 

  • Help obtain and complete Packed Cell Volume, Total Solids, Blood Glucose, Lactate, Ketones, and other point of care blood tests.

IMC and ICU (60 hours) 

  • Basic Nursing Care and Continuous Monitoring
  • Basic Medication Administration (PO, IV, IM)
  • Help set up pumps and make basic fluids.
  • Continuous/Serial Monitoring including ECG, Blood Pressure and temperature 
  • Medical Math – Constant Rate Infusions and fluid additive calculations
  • Advanced patient care including: tube feedings, maintain JP drains, maintain urinary catheters, etc.
  • Help restrain for Serial Point of Care Ultrasounds

Rounds (Minimum 3 hours of observation and participation)

  • Interns will attend at least 4 group rounds sessions with the 4th year students OR 3 hours of in depth rounds with the doctors moving patients into ICU or IMC. 

Physical Requirements:

Several sections of the program can be physically demanding such as husbandry, dog walking, restraint of animals, etc. Any student with concerns should consult their doctor prior to beginning the program. Any student that has any allergies to dogs, cats, rabbits, etc. should consult their doctor prior to beginning the program.

Program Outcomes:

Interns will have the opportunity to rotate through the different services within the Emergency and Critical Care Department for a total of 100-120 hours. Each ward plays an important role in the functioning of the department as a whole. As students navigate through the program they will be exposed to: 


  • The Art of Triage at a Tertiary Referral Center.
  • Point of Care Ultrasound and Radiology
  • A wide array of Veterinary Emergencies including: Cardiac Arrest, Polytrauma, Bloat, Collapse, Respiratory Distress, Urinary Obstruction, Hit by Car, Toxin Ingestion, and more.  
  • End-of-Life Discussions and Euthanasia


  • Neurologic and Seizure Cases, Post-op and anesthesia recovery, Transfusion Medicine, and Bone Marrow Transplant Cases
  • Feeding Tube Management


  • Opportunities for further education and training on Peripheral and Central Venous Catheters, Nasogastric Tubes, Urinary Catheters, Nasal Oxygen, Draining Tubes and Continuous Suction Devices.
  • Mechanical Ventilation, High Flow Oxygen, Cardiopulmonary Cerebral Resuscitation, Basic and Advanced Life Support, Vasopressors, Transfusion Medicine.  
  • Cases including Sepsis, Diabetic Ketoacidosis, Polytrauma, Wound Management, and much more.
  • Patient care associated with Internal Medicine, Neurology, Oncology, Cardiology, Soft Tissue and Orthopedic Surgery, Exotics, and much more.
  • Work alongside Boarded Specialists, Residents, and Interns as well as 4th year Vet students.

Attainment of Certificate:
The certification program will be overseen by the CVM NCSU Staff and VetPAC Director. The certificate will be awarded to the student upon completion by VetPAC.

Application Requirements

The application for the Spring 2023 Emergency and Critical Care Internship will open October 31st, 2022 and close November 11th, 2022 .

This program has 3 internship opportunities per year: spring, summer, and fall.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Students must be available for the mandatory orientation on Saturday in January. Date TBA.
  • The student must be a current NCSU student with at least a 3.30 GPA. The program is open to all students who are committed to the program. 
  • Students must have completed at minimum of 100 hours of Documented Veterinary Hours in Small Animal General Practice. 
  • Students must have completed ANS 205/206 Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals or ZO 250.
  • Strong applicants must have appropriate availability (minimum 10 hours per week), a willingness to learn, and a passion for veterinary medicine.

Application Materials

Students can apply to the program by completing the application here. Questions can be sent to vetpac_office@ncsu.edu.

  • Letter of Intent (maximum 1 page)
  • Contact information for two references (at least one must be from a small animal DVM) 
  • Current Resume (maximum 2 pages) 
  • Unofficial copy of your most recent transcript (transfer students must provide copies of their NCSU transcript and unofficial transcripts from all previous institutions)
  • VetPAC-Student-Code-of-Conduct-ECC

Interviews will be conducted between November 28th – December 1st, 2022. All interviews will occur in-person at the Terry Center. Selected participants are required to attend the mandatory, in-person orientation – Date TBA.