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Please read carefully below, for details and instructions regarding externships. Should you have any questions, please contact: Melissa Cox at (352) 294-4262 or via e-mail at

Externship Database Search

Externship opportunities are considered valuable in our curriculum. Students are eligible to complete approved externships once they have begun their third-year clerkships. During the spring semester of the fourth-year, (UF students) may only complete an externship during a period when they have been granted vacation.   The vacation can’t be substituted for a clinical rotation. The maximum number of externship credits a student may accumulate towards graduation is eight. Students are permitted to complete three externships, one of which can be for a month in duration and will be eligible for four credits; the remaining two externships will only be eligible for two credits per two-week experience. Students are not permitted to complete international externships for academic credit. Only students currently enrolled in the Certificate of International Veterinary Medicine may pursue international externships to fulfill the International Veterinary Medicine certificate requirements. The International Veterinary Medicine Program is not enrolling new students, and will retire this program at the end of 2015 academic year.

Important Facts and Regulations for Students about Completing Externships

  • Externships are optional and are not required to graduate.
  • Externships are pass/fail.
  • All externships must be approved in advance by members of the curriculum committee. While the college maintains a data base of many available externships, additional externships can be approved if planned for in advance by submitting the required Externship Site Approval Form
  • Mandated by the college, UF students must remain on campus during the last term of the fourth-year. Thus, all externships must be completed by the end of the fall term of the 4th-year.
  • Only Third and Fourth year students are eligible to register for externships.
  • Students cannot earn academic credit for externships taken abroad.
  • Liability Insurance: Students are advised to purchase liability insurance through the AVMA. The cost is around $10. However, before purchasing, you need to ensure that the practice you desire to complete your externship at is a member of the AVMA. If they are not a member with the AVMA then your AVMA insurance will not work there in the event you should need it. If the practice(s) you desire to go to is not a member of the AVMA, then we suggest you select a different practice. Should you be completing your externship(s) at an academic institution, then you do not need to purchase this insurance.

Externship Forms

You will receive an e-mail seven (7) days before you leave for your externship, together with a form informing OSI of the practice name, location, phone number, email and supervising veterinarian.  One day (1) before the end your Externship you will receive an e-mail with instructions and an evaluation of your experience at this location together with a grade form which you will forward to your Externship supervisor for evaluating your performance.

Earning Credit(s)

  • You may complete up-to 3 externships meaning, at three different locations. If you decide to do more than three externships you will not receive additional credit.
  • There are several ways to earn credit for externships:
  • To earn 2 to 4 credits: Complete a month long externship at one practice or, complete two, 2 week externships at different locations.
  • To earn 6 credits: Complete three, 2 week externships.
  • To earn 8 credits: Stay at any practice or academic institution for 4 weeks and earn 4 credits plus, complete two more externships at two different locations and stay at each one for two weeks and earn your additional 4 credits totaling you with 8 full externship credit hours.

**Any externships completed after already having completed three full externships or earning 8 credits, will not receive any additional credit.

Protocol for Externship Planning

  • Check to see if the practice(s) you would like to complete an externship at is approved. (See “Externship Search” and “Externship Approval” below, for further detail).
  • If and/or when approved, meet with or contact Melissa Cox at or (352) 294-4262 to see when your schedule will allow you to fit in the externship(s) you desire to complete. This is essential in order for you to provide valid dates of when you are available to the practice(s).
  • NOTE OF IMPORTANCE – If you do not complete the Externship Location Form that you receive seven (7) days before leaving for the externship you will not be granted academic credit for said Externship.  OSI must know at all times where students are when enrolled for academic credit.  Credit will not be given to any student who completed an externship say, while on vacation, and then tells us. We do not give out credit for externships retroactively.
  • Complete a ‘Externship Location’ form.This form simply tells us where you will be, your start and end date at this location and a few other details. You will receive via e-mail (7) days before leaving for said Externship.
  • One (1) day before the end of your Externship you will receive via e-mail an ‘Evaluation of Student by Supervising Veterinarian’ form which will need to given to your Externship Supervisor so they can assess your performance.  You will also receive a form evaluating your experience at this site.  We require students to provide us with feedback of each externship experience for future students to review when planning their externship opportunities.
  • Externship Approval

Have a practice or location in mind that is not listed in our ‘Externship Search’ database? Remember, the practice(s) you choose to complete an externship at must be approved by our Curriculum Committee which meets once a month. Send the link to the Application Request for Practice Approval to that location and have them fill it out with requested information.

***Please note that all academic institutions are automatically approved even if they are not listed in our ‘Externship Search’ database.