ER Academy is a premiere, 1-Year emergency medicine focused internship designed for new graduates who desire to become emergency veterinarians. Our goal is to provide training encompassing high quality emergency care and client communication, in addition to providing the tools needed for longevity in emergency medicine. ER Academy is hosted by Pathway hospitals in these locations.
• Emergency Pet Clinic, San Antonio, TX • Fort Collins Veterinary Emergency and Rehabilitation Hospital, Fort Collins, CO and PETS Emergency Hospital, Evans, CO • South Carolina Veterinary Specialists, Columbia, SC • Tampa Bay Veterinary Specialists and Emergency Care Center, Tampa, FL
A day in the life of an ER Academy Intern… You will be scheduled with a senior veterinarian, committed to your mentorship. This allows for presentation of cases and feedback as you are seeing patients. You will also have primary case responsibility within the 1st month and will be allowed to cut surgical cases as your experience develops. The interns across all 4 locations will join for orientation, surgical training, and weekly didactic rounds. This collaboration allows for improved continuing education through journal clubs, grand rounds, case rounds as well as a larger community of interns.
By the end of the internship year, we expect you will be well-versed in most emergency medicine presentations, and be proficient in typical ER skills, procedures, and surgeries. At completion of the internship, you will be highly marketable and capable of comfortably going into any emergency veterinary facility with the tools needed to succeed.
If that sounds like the perfect fit for you, we are looking for Doctors who: Are passionate about emergency medicine and motivated to learn Understand the benefit of a structured mentorship that will you set you up to form excellent habits and strengthen your veterinary education.
While each hospital follows the same program model for ER Academy, there are differences in both the offerings of each hospital and the culture. We invite candidates who are interested in this internship model to apply to all locations to maximize their acceptance to the program and to truly find the best personal fit.
Local Hospital Information: Colorado program
The Fort Collins Veterinary Emergency and Rehabilitation Hospital (FCVERH) and PETS Emergency Hospital are sister clinics located in the beautiful Front Range of Colorado. Both facilities are open 24/7/365 to provide emergency and critical care to the small animal companions of the local communities. Our DVM internship program has been established for more than 10 years, and FCVERH was one of the founding members of ER Academy. We have collaborated with other Pathway hospitals offering a similar program in emergency medicine to provide the framework for what the ER Academy is today. With very high rates of completion paired with a high quality of medicine, this internship will set you up for success in your career of veterinary medicine.
Interns spend 2/3 of their time at the Fort Collins location and 1/3 of their time at the Evans location in order to work with a variety of cases, clientele, and mentors. Both hospitals are AAHA and VECCS certified, fully equipped including digital radiography, ultrasound, and endoscopy, and provide a spectrum of care for their patients and clients. PETS offers a low-cost spay/neuter program to the public, which provides interns with surgical experience on a stable patient in a supervised setting. Our staff doctors collectively have hundreds of years of ER experience and enjoy mentoring interns who are motivated to learn.
The ER Academy provides a structured program to develop competent emergency veterinary clinicians who are learning both clinical and interpersonal skills. Starting your first day on the clinic floor, ER Academy allows you to be immersed in emergency medicine as the primary clinician seeing a wide range of cases. Interns are an integral part of the hospital team and can expect to work most weekends and holidays to maximize their internship experience. You are scheduled on shift with a senior clinician dedicated to mentoring and ensuring your success while allowing you to be an independent doctor. The program features phased (diminishing) oversight, with no shifts working alone for the first 6 months.
You will be supervised in surgery with the goal to be competent in emergency soft tissue surgeries such as:
Unlike most internships, our scheduled clinical hours are set at a limit of no more than 50 hours per week. While interns are expected to be driven and industrious when on shift, their schedule also provides free time to relax and enjoy all that Colorado has to offer. We take pride in delivering a training program that provides ample hands-on case experience while endowing intern doctors with the skillset they need to have a long and satisfying career in veterinary medicine.