Veterinary School Preparation - Experience
The majority of veterinary schools have a minimum number of animal contact hours you must meet prior to applying. It is preferred that you obtain experience in different settings and are supervised by a Veterinarian, e.g. animal shelter or different veterinary clinics.
Most students are encouraged to do one or more of the following to gain exposure to veterinary medicine and the healthcare field.
- Shadow or observe a veterinarian.
- Apply for an Externship with a Cal Alum through the Career Center's Externship program
Search for veterinarians through Veterinary related Professional Organizations such as the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
- Join the Cal Pre-Vet Club and also here.
- Here are some animal-related organizations where students have gained experience in the past.
- Lindsay Wildlife (Volunteer)
- Lindsay Wildlife (Internships)
- Oakland Zoo (Animal Care Internships)
- Oakland Zoo (Animal Care Volunteer)
- Oakland Zoo (Conservation Volunteer)
- Aquarium of the Bay
- Marine Mammal Center
- California Wolf Center
- Bay Area Puma Project
- Things That Creep
- Animal Place
- California Academy of Sciences
- Find a healthcare-related Internship:
Getting exposure to the veterinary profession can make you a competitive applicant and help you begin to identify what skills, values, and interests you enjoy in this profession.