Interns and Residents
Our Passion to Teach
As one of the oldest private specialty veterinary practices in the country, Veterinary Specialty Center has been a leader and innovator. Our compassion for our patients is matched by our passion to share our expertise as we train the next generation of veterinarians and specialists.
What is a Veterinary Intern?
When students graduate from veterinary school and become licensed, they go one of two routes – either into private practice or they seek more training through internship programs. These internship programs give young, licensed veterinarians the opportunity to work closely with board-certified specialists and experienced emergency veterinarians to get more extensive training. After an internship, veterinarians may choose to join a primary care practice, move into emergency veterinary medicine or enroll in a residency program as they pursue the path of becoming a board-certified specialist. Veterinarians selected into an internship program participate in a competitive match program based on academic achievements and clinical experience.
Veterinarians in our internship programs are trained, mentored and work closely with our specialists. As part of our program, interns attend didactic lectures taught by our specialists, join our daily case rounds and participate in journal discussions. Interns start with minimal responsibility at the beginning of the program and their responsibilities increase with their skills and ability to handle cases. As they progress, interns have case responsibility for patients. However, those patients are always managed by a team of professionals, overseen by an experienced doctor.
We have two internship programs at VSC – rotating and surgical. Our rotating interns work closely with our emergency team while also spending time rotating through each of our specialties. Surgical interns have already completed a rotating internship and are now receiving additional training in surgery. Many of the residents that have worked at VSC through the years have been graduates of our internship program.
Jean Acuna, DVM, Rotating Intern
Jenna Epstein, DVM, Rotating Intern
Briana McConnell, DVM, Rotating Intern
Melissa De Lombaert, DVM, Surgical Intern
Sierra Edelsohn, DVM, Surgical Intern
Alyssa Matos, DVM, Surgical Intern
Avery Ortiz, DVM, Surgical Intern
What is a Veterinary Resident?
Residents are licensed veterinarians that have completed at least one internship program. They are selected though a highly competitive pool of candidates and only a small fraction of those applying for residencies are selected.
VSC is home to surgical and internal medicine residency programs. Our residents receive intense training and manage complex cases under the guidance of our board-certified specialists. They also play a large role in the training and supervising of our surgical and rotating interns, participate in daily rounds with our specialists and emergency doctors and assist with journal discussions for our interns.
As part of the program, residents must complete a research project and publish an article in a respected journal. After their three-year residency, they will take the certifying exam for the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) or the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. Once they pass that exam and complete necessary requirements, they become a board-certified surgeon or a board-certified internist.
Gabrielle Hybki, DVM, Surgical Resident
Julia Kahn, DVM, Internal Medicine Resident