Externships are completely optional and not required for a student to graduate. However, these experiences provide great opportunities for students to gain insight into working in private practices, specialty clinics and various locations.
Approved Externship Practices
We have developed the externship database to help you find approved extramural opportunities. You must be on campus using your GatorLink credentials to log on the database.
- Academic and Government institutions are pre-approved sites and therefore may not be listed in the database.
Externship Practice Approval
While the college maintains a database of many available externships, additional locations can be approved by submitting the required Application Request for Practice Approval.
- This form must be submitted by the practice, not the student.
- Domestic externship requests need to be submitted at least 2 months before your planned visit.
- International externship requests need to be submitted 6-12 months before your planned visit (*see additional details on international externships below).
Checklist for Students
Please carefully read the details and instructions below regarding externships.
- Log into Curriculum Map and review your schedule. Where you have a vacation block scheduled you may request an externship.
- You must edit your schedule in Curriculum Map BEFORE your externship. This provides ASA with information on where you will be and whom you will be working with; while you may have already given this information to the externship coordinator, we also require this information to maintain consistent record
- UF students enroll through ONE.UF for academic credit during the semseter in which you will be receiving credit, before drop/add ends (Offshore Students, see Dot). The exeternship class number will be provided to you in Curriculum Map once your externship has been approved.
- Externships cannot be substituted for clinical rotations; while scheduled in clinics, UF students may only complete an externship during an approved vacation period.
- Only third and fourth-year students are eligible to receive credit for externships.
- Retroactive credit will not be awarded, you must be registered for the externship before attending.
- Externships must be supervised by a licensed veterinarian or doctoral level research scientist.
- Students are not permitted to completed an externship under the supervision of a family member.
- Upon completing the externship, provide the Externship Supervisor with the Evaluation of Student by Supervising Veterinarian grade form so they may evaluate your performance and so that you may receive a grade.
Students are covered by the university’s malpractice insurance while they learn at UF CVM and attend rotations such as ECC Ocala, Miami-Dade Shelter, PBEC (Practice Based Equine Clerkship) and PBSA (Practice Based Small Animal Clerkship). Any hands-on experience outside of UF CVM, such as Externships, is not covered.
Students are advised to purchase liability insurance through the AVMA Professional Liability Insurance Application. They have sponsored it for free for members of SAVMA. Please discuss liability insurance with the practice location at some point before beginning the externship; it is a good conversation to have in order to ensure everyone has the same understanding of how you are covered! Should you be completing your externship(s) at an academic institution, then you will remain covered by UF’s insurance.
- Students are permitted to complete a total of 3 externship experiences at approved locations.
- The maximum number of externship credits a student may accumulate towards graduation is eight.
- The eight maximum credits are achieved by attending a one-month long externship (eligible for 4 credits and then 2 two-week externships for 2 credits each).
- Each externship you attend must be at a different location.
- Each externship experience must be completed in consecutive two or four week intervals.
- Students will not receive additional credit for completing more than three externships.
- Examples of earning externship credit:
- Earn 2 credits: Complete two consecutive weeks at one practice location.
- Earn 4 credits: Complete a one month long externship at one practice location. This time must be consecutive, can’t be broken into two separate experiences.
- Earn 6 credits: Complete three individual two week externships, earning 2 credits per experience.
- Earn 8 credits: Complete a one month long externship (must be consecutive, can’t be broken into two separate experiences) to earn 4 credits. Plus, complete two more externships at two different locations for two consecutive weeks each, earning 2 credits per experience. This totals 8 credits and gives the maximum allowed externship credit hours.
- Any odd number of weeks spent at an externship site will still be given either 2 or 4 credits (i.e. 3 weeks = 2 credits, 5 weeks = 4 credits).
Register for Externship and Grading
- You must request externship enrollment by reviewing your schedule in Curriculum Map. This must be done before you leave for your externship. Any time you have a vacation block scheduled, you may request an externship
- You must also register yourself in One.UF to receive academic credit for externships! This must be done during the registration period for the semester in question in order to avoid a late registration fee (assessed by the University). The externship class number for registration purposes will be provided in Curriculum Map.
- You must provide your externship supervisor with a grade form so that you can receive a grade for your experience. The completed grade form must be sent to Dot McColskey by the externship supervisor.
- Once the student’s grade is recorded, a copy of the grade form will be sent to you for review.
- Additionally, we ask that you evaluate your experience at this location.
Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the college is not permitted to approve international travel for university credit. International Externships for credit are suspended until further notice.
- All policy outlines for domestic externships also apply to international externships, including registration, credit awarding and grading.
- The c/o 2022 will be the first class eligible to complete international externships for credit; all classes thereafter will also be eligible.
International externship approvals:
- Students must observe UF International Center guidelines for international travel (i.e., online travel registration, travelers’ health insurance, travel warnings, visas).
- Externships for credit must be approved by the Dean of Academic and Student Affairs 6-12 months before the externship starting date (to allow travel preparations)
- In general, externships at AVMA accredited colleges of veterinary medicine will be approved. All other externship requests should provide information about the planned site, expected hours of work, and reveal minimum veterinary care standards (medical, surgical, animal welfare and well-being) of the proposed externship opportunity.
- Student safety, health and security is a top priority for the UF CVM, and any travel advisories that may be in place for countries outside of the US will need to be considered. Please include an additional page (with your externship request form) detailing if you speak the language of the country you are traveling to, and any other pertinent information that you are able to share.
Before attending the externship:
- Have the externship location request practice approval, at least 6 months in advance.
- Review your schedule in Curriculum Map and edit your existing vacation block to make it an externship.
- Register yourself for course credit in One.UF.
- Contact the UF International Center and register for your international travel during the time you will be completing the externship
As you complete the externship:
- Provide your supervising veterinarian with the grading form, which should be emailed directly to Dot McColskey upon completion. Please make every attempt to ensure this is completed and sent before you leave.
- Complete the Student Evaluation of Externship Experience form and email to Dot McColskey upon completion