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Pre-Veterinary Internship

Looking to pursue a career as a veterinarian? Puget Sound WildCare is unique in that our wildlife center is adjoined to Sawyer Lake Veterinary Hospital (SLVH). Those who are interested in becoming licensed veterinarians have an opportunity to intern with us and receive hands-on training that most clinics don't offer. Dr. White is not only our center's director, but owner of SLVH. With 40+ years experience working in the service of exotic animals, domestic animals, and wildlife Dr. White has worked with 130 species of animals (often per year) since 1975.

At the end of your time here, interns will have the training to complete any task that a veterinary assistant can perform in Washington State. This includes (but is not limited to) gaining proficiency in:

  • Basic nursing care (TPRs, working with clients)

  • Animal Handling & Restraint

  • Lab Work

  • Charting

  • Placing IV catheters

  • Administering medication

  • Administering inoculations

  • Monitoring anesthesia in surgeries

  • Dental cleanings

  • Ear cleanings

  • Nail Care

  • And more!


Abilities and experience required:

  • Possess creativity, flexibility, variety, and growth potential

  • Should be open-minded, a fast learner, enthusiastic, and adaptable

  • Requires self-confidence and ability to interact on a professional level

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Ability to work diligently and complete tasks on time

  • Ability to work in small teams

  • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills

  • Time management 

  • English — Multilingual skills are welcome! However, we mainly speak English so that is a necessity.

  • Pursuing a career in veterinary medicine

Terms of Internship:

  • We offer both part time and full time positions.

  • We understand that many of our interns are also students so we offer flexible scheduling around academic commitments during the school year.

  • Flexible scheduling with other interns at the center allows for days off or illness.

  • We make monthly schedules so you become a pillar of our efforts. Interns are not “extra help” at our office. 

  • Interns need to be able to provide transportation to get to our site.

  • Interns need to have a place to live. We presently do not have housing.

  • Minimum age is 18, generally a little older is better.

  • Interns complete 12 weeks of hands on animal work.


Post-graduate Internship Perks:

  • You will never forget all the intimate things you learned working with patients

  • If you give us your all, we will give you a letter of recommendation that reflects that effort. We enjoy seeing where our interns matriculate. 

  • You become an alum of a special group of people who have access to animals in a way not possible interning elsewhere. These internships involve total contact.  

Number of positions available

10 to 12

Application Process:

Please email or mail us:


  1. Your resume.

  2. Copy of your college coursework (transcripts). 

  3. A letter stating your present goals for your career and your expectations for the internship (i.e., how it will help you reach your goals). 

  4. Please detail any abilities you may have in the field of medicine, animal handling, and husbandry. 

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