WHAT IS AN INTERN?
A veterinary internship is usually completed within the first few years following completion of the DVM degree. Most internships are one year in length and all facets of clinical and academic practice are available. Internships can be offered with private practices or academic settings. Internships provide a new graduate with the skills and experience to qualify for residency programs, improve clinical judgment, and provide mentorship.
WHAT IS A RESIDENT?
Upon graduation from veterinary school, the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree is granted, and after national and state board exams are passed, a veterinarian can practice medicine. For those veterinarians who wish to gain more experience or become board-certified in a specific field of medicine or surgery, they complete a one-year internship and go on to a residency program in their chosen area of interest.