Practice your passion. At Heart + Paw, we provide the mentorship, guidance and support you need to explore what you love about veterinary medicine with confidence.
Heart + Paw offers externship opportunities at many of our 28 (and counting) locations and can customize your externship to your interests, skills that you would like to develop, and geographic preferences. We offer 1 to 3-week hands-on externships that can extend beyond that if you desire. We will work with you to determine your learning objectives and preferences, creating a meaningful learning experience.
Build your resume with our hands-on, 4- to 6-week summer job opportunities. You will work on the floor as a veterinary assistant part-time or full-time during your summer break. We will help you determine which center is the best fit to reach your goals and ensure you have the positive learning experience you are looking for over the summer.
Our Student Ambassador Program is our on–campus representative. You will help us identify opportunities for Heart + Paw to interact with your fellow students and assist with coordination of events. As a Heart + Paw Student Ambassador, you will be provided with special leadership opportunities, swag, resume review and mock interviews, career advice, and an annual financial scholarship.
Post Graduation – Support and Development VITAL to Your Success Transitioning from School to Practice
Transitioning from veterinary school to the real world of practice can be tough without a supportive network of peers advising you and the confidence that comes with experience. Heart + Paw is invested in helping you succeed and will guarantee you have a dedicated coach and a large community of peer veterinarians working around you to offer guidance, knowledge, and collaboration.
VITALS, which stands for Veterinarian Initiation Together to Achieve Lasting Success, is a 16-week focused, coach-led onboarding program. The goal of this program is to:
- Help you deepen your practical knowledge of general practice and establish your relationship with your coach.
- Ensure you are accompanied and supported during every one of your shifts for the first 6 months to help lessen your anxiety and maximize teaching moments.
- Give you a safe space to collaborate and ask any questions you have, and not worry about having the wrong answer or no answer.
- Provide you with the skills you need to transition successfully into the role of full-time practitioner.
Through VITALS, you’ll receive individualized learning objectives based on self-selected areas of focus, along with regular feedback to challenge you and help you improve your skills. A collaborative team atmosphere and access to the latest veterinary equipment and technology will give you an amazing opportunity to learn and practice medicine in a low-stress, pet-centric environment. You will have additional continuing education opportunities in surgery, dentistry, and ultrasound and regular rounds with our Directors of Operations.