The Bel-Rea curriculum offers expert training and hands-on learning that sets our graduates apart. Part of that curriculum is our comprehensive internship program where students get to apply what they’ve learned in the classroom and labs in real world vet tech settings. As a Bel-Rea student, or perspective student, you may have some questions about the internship program. Check out the internship FAQ answers below.
When are the internships?
Internships take place during the final academic quarter, and are 10 weeks long.
Where can I intern?
Students will intern at one of the 100+ approved veterinary facilities that partner with our internship program. Working alongside accredited experts, students put to work everything they’ve learned at Bel-Rea in a meaningful way.
Among our internship partner sites are small/large/or mixed animal veterinary hospitals, emergency/trauma facilities, zoos/wildlife sanctuaries, specialty veterinary hospitals, university veterinary teaching hospitals, and research facilities. No matter the site, credentialed vets and vet techs mentor and train the interns to ensure quality hands-on experiences.
What can I expect to do as a vet tech intern?
In the same spirit of the Bel-Rea education model, interns in the field can expect hands-on, technical experience as vet techs. While tasks and work vary depending on the internship site, the internships focus on gaining experience in essential tasks to help you transition into your career in veterinary medicine.
Internship training experiences can include prepping for and assisting in surgery and dentals, assessing patient history and client concerns, administering medications and vaccines, processing laboratory samples, drawing blood, bandaging injuries, monitoring behavior concerns, taking and developing x-rays, helping with emergencies or traumas, and providing excellent care to patients that woof, meow, neigh, chirp, moo, roar, squeak, or ribbit!
The internship program is an important step in the journey toward a career in vet tech. If you have further questions, click HERE to request more info!