Veterinary Technician Internship

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Veterinary Technician Internship Program 2024-2025

Summary of Program

CARE | Charlotte Animal Referral and Emergency is offering a one-year rotating internship for new veterinary technician graduates and experienced RVT’s. Founded by three prominent specialists in 2015, CARE is a state-of-the-art veterinary facility with 24/7 emergency care and board-certified specialists. Our focus is on pets’ more advanced medical needs.

Our staff includes board-certified specialists in surgery, internal medicine, oncology, cardiology, neurology and ophthalmology, along with 10 emergency veterinarians.

Please note: Though the dates referenced in the video are for the 2020-2021 internships, the other information is correct for the 2024-2025 program.

The internship, structured similarly to the one-year rotation offered to veterinarians upon their graduation, includes month-long core and elective rotations, didactic experiences (e.g., weekly rounds with doctors and lead technicians).

Interns will receive direct supervision while gaining technical skills and hands-on experience. In fact, during this year of rotation, interns will gain the equivalent of 5 years of regular work experience. More specifically, to list a few accomplishments, the technicians will be proficient in small animal anesthesia, small animal orthopedic and soft tissue surgeries, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, cytology, transfusion medicine, emergency, dentistry, radiographic techniques and knowledge of many disease processes and treatments.

Our interns are exposed to a wide range of specialty services, empowering them to make an educated decision about the line of work they choose to pursue. It’s not all work at CARE, however. Recognizing that veterinary medicine is very demanding, both physically and mentally, our Wellness Team plans team-building activities, potluck lunches, holiday parties and employee outings. Further, leadership sends staff members to emotional intelligence seminars, continued education classes and offers an Employee Assistance Program for financial guidance.

The internship is located in Charlotte, NC. Charlotte is the second fastest growing city in the U.S. and offers big-city amenities with small-town charm.

Eligible Candidates

Candidates must be a graduate of an AVMA accredited Veterinary Technology program. Experienced technicians that are credentialed (certified, registered or licensed) will also be considered.

Number of Candidates

We are currently accepting 10 interns.


The internship includes month-long rotations at CARE in surgery, internal medicine, neurology emergency, cardiology and 3 elective rotations of the intern’s choice (oncology, ophthalmology, ICU, rehab, dentistry, feline, exotics or large animal). Interns will be scheduled for a variety of shifts, which will include days, overnights, weekends and holidays.

Salary, Benefits and Vacation

Interns receive an hourly wage with benefits that include medical, dental, vision, short term disability, EAP, 401K with match, $25,000 group term life insurance and AD&D policy, a $750 HRA allowance and an additional $750 HRA for mental health. CARE also provides a $500 CE allowance and a $70 scrub allowance for the year. Interns will receive 40 hours of PTO and 30 hours of sick leave during the program.


The technician will be notified of acceptance by April 1, 2024. The internship begins July 1, 2024.

Application Process and Deadline

Interested candidates must submit their application package to [email protected] by February 16, 2024.

Applications that are incomplete will not be considered. Your application package should include a letter of intent, application form and resume. Please have 3 letters of recommendation and official transcript mailed to CARE directly or emailed to to [email protected]. All letters of recommendation must be on the referring organization’s letterhead.

Before You Apply

Please note: Before you begin the application process, please complete the following:

  1. Request all transcripts from your veterinary program(s)
  2. Update your resume and have it ready to send with your application
  3. Secure three (3) letters of recommendation (preferably from veterinary professionals)
  4. Have the name and contact information of three (3) references
  5. Write a letter of intent describing why you'd be a good candidate for the program and be ready to attach it to your application