accelERate program

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Veterinary Specialty Center is excited to offer a unique advanced training and career opportunity.

If you have a strong interest in emergency medicine, want to work alongside an incredible team of doctors, technicians, and support staff, crave individualized mentorship, make a significant dent in your debt, work in a brand-new facility with state-of-the-art equipment, and drastically improve your confidence and skill sets, then the accelERate program at Veterinary Specialty Center (VSC) is exactly what you are looking for. Unlike a typical internship, the accelERate program takes only 6 months and is designed for individuals that are interested in a career in emergency medicine or to advance your skills as a general practitioner with advanced emergency training. During the 3-year commitment, make $70,000 your first year and then bask in a generous six-figure salary the following two years. If interested in general practice after fulfilling your commitment, we can offer job placement assistance through our extensive referral network. accelERate your career today!


*includes our comprehensive benefits package

Enrollment every March, July and November.

Program highlights:

  • AccelERate is a 6-month, abridged internship training program
  • Designed for individuals that are interested in a career in emergency medicine or to advance your skills as a general practitioner with advanced emergency training
  • Drastically improve your skillsets and confidence
  • If interested in general practice, make yourself more competitive and confident
  • 3-year commitment at a generous salary to help combat your student debt
  • Salary starts at $70k for year 1
  • Salary increases to six figures for years 2 and 3
  • After 3 years and if interested in general practice, we offer job placement assistance through our extensive referral network
  • Surgical proficiency through our Shelter Animal Surgical Services program and partnership with Chicago Animal Care and Control
  • One-on-one mentorship with our critical care specialists and senior emergency clinicians
  • Shadow and learning opportunities with every specialty
  • Daily didactic opportunities to expand your knowledge
  • Extensive training with and access to our on-site Social Worker (mental health, compassion fatigue, depression, grief, stress management, etc.)
  • Benefits include health, dental, vision, 401k match, pet insurance, life insurance, generous CE allowance, free on-site gym, overtime opportunities, on-site bistro, HSA, FSA, long and short term disability
  • Advanced CPR training
  • Point of care ultrasound training
  • Wet labs and emergency procedures training
  • Optional lectures and training focusing on general practice topics

For questions about our accelERate program, please email

To apply, please complete the following application:



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Official Transcripts and Letters of Recommendation

A copy of your official transcripts and two (2) letters of recommendation are required. Please have them mailed to:

Jayme Richardson
Veterinary Specialty Center
1515 Busch Parkway
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089

Letters may be emailed to:

Jayme Richardson

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Starting Monday, April 8th through the end of September, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will begin their road resurfacing project along Waukegan Road from Lake Cook Road to Half Day Road (IL 22). Please allow additional travel time to our hospital during the construction. Learn More: Waukegan Road Resurfacing Project