Veterinary Technician Students

As a teaching hospital, Upstate Veterinary Specialties (UVS) is pleased to offer preceptorships and internships for veterinary technician students.  UVS is committed to providing an ideal learning environment and giving students exposure to various aspects of veterinary medicine in both specialty and emergency medicine. All students will be paired with a mentor who will work directly with you to help achieve your education goals.


Preceptor opportunities can be scheduled throughout the year, with placements typically ranging from two to four weeks. Preceptorships focus on shadowing and practicing technician skills for the student. Your mentor will work with you to help you accomplish your pre-determined skills list from your AVMA-accredited program.


Internships for bachelor’s programs are available for both medical and administrative programs. They are typically 16 weeks long and include a rotation through each department within the hospital. The schedule for the medical rotation will include days, nights, and weekends to provide the most comprehensive look at the field of emergency and specialty veterinary medicine. Students will have an opportunity to work alongside our teams and experience first-hand how a growing and successful emergency and specialty practice operates.

The services of Upstate Veterinary Specialties are as follows:

  • Cardiology – Monday through Friday
  • Emergency and Critical Care – 24/7
  • Internal Medicine – Monday through Friday
  • Management and Administration – Monday through Friday
  • Neurology – Monday through Friday
  • Oncology – Tuesday through Friday
  • Rehabilitation – Tuesday through Thursday
  • Surgery – Monday through Friday

Currently, radiology is not offering veterinary technician student preceptorships or internships.

There are no fees associated with participating in our veterinary technician student program. However, students are responsible for all personal arrangements and expenses related to their visits.

Proof of a rabies vaccination or titer within the past three years from the date of your visit is required.

Apply by completing our veterinary technician student application and submitting a copy of your CV.

For additional information, please contact our Human Resources team at