The goal of the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine's Small Animal Rotating Internship is to provide the intern with a broad educational experience that will prepare them for higher training programs (i.e., residency) or serve as an excellent base for entry into the general practice setting.

The program consists of required rotations through specialty areas including:

  • Soft Tissue Surgery
  • Internal Medicine
  • Emergency and Critical Care Medicine
  • Anesthesia
  • Neurology
  • Interns are also required to rotate through the Primary Care service.

Elective rotations (approximately 9 weeks) are available to allow the intern to gain additional valuable experience in areas of interest, including:

  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Cardiology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Additional rotations through the required services listed above


Programs are tailored to meet the resident’s specific goals, and board-certified faculty supervise and work with residents, preparing them for specialty board examinations.

In all specialties, residents develop clinical expertise, gain teaching experience, and develop skills in research methodology. During clinical rotations, residents participate with faculty and veterinary students in diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of animal diseases. In some cases, residency programs may be combined with a master of science degree program.

Residency programs are typically completed in three years. One-year appointments are renewable annually up to a total of three years.

Our internship program provides advanced clinical training in medicine and surgery. It is a one-year rotating program designed to prepare graduate veterinarians for residency programs. In addition, specialty internship opportunities may be available on a limited basis.

Interested students may check the Veterinary Internship and Residency Matching Program for appointment options, which depend on availability.