What is the deadline for applications?
Applications for the next intern class will be open from May 2, 2023, until June 1, 2023.
Acceptance emails will be sent June 30, 2023.
Your reply with intent to participate in the internship must be received by July 31, 2023.
The internship will begin September 6, 2023.
What are some of the reasons why someone would not get accepted into the program?
The Virtual Veterinary Internship aims to be inclusive, and it is available to everyone, everywhere. However, the following criteria are important for selection:
It is required that you have sufficient competence in English to be able to communicate with your peers and mentors.
It is required that you have completed your veterinary degree before the internship start date.
It is required that you will (soon) be in a clinical environment with firsthand cases so that you can get the most out of the internship.
- It is required that you have a current paid VIN membership at the time of the application and the start of the internship. Academic or student memberships are not compatible with being a VVI intern.
How do clinical rotations work?
Clinical rotations mainly consist of interacting with specialists and other VIN members on the VIN message boards, with your group of fellow interns, and mentor. Each rotation lasts 4 weeks. There are reading lists and self-assessment sections in each rotation, as well as a monthly seminar with clinical and non-clinical skills that should be useful for the rest of your career. More detailed instructions will follow once the intern class has been selected.
How much time will this take? Will I be able to combine it with a busy job in clinical practice?
For this to be beneficial to you, you should be planning a minimum of 30 minutes a day. This is considered an average, so some days you might not be active at all, other days you will be more active. The program is built to be compatible with a busy clinical job and you may choose when you participate in the virtual internship activities. The only “live” sessions you are expected to attend are the sessions with your mentor every 3 months and at least one of the weekly interactive Cage-side round sessions each month. You agree on a date and time with your mentor for the mentor sessions.
- Are there scheduled events when everyone meets virtually in person or is most of it through message boards/recordings?
Most of the interactions happen on the VIN message boards. You can access the monthly webinar recordings and reading lists on your own time. Slack, a chat and messaging program, will help you keep in touch with your intern classmates and mentor.
There will be a few live scheduled and un-scheduled sessions with mentors and classmates (approximately once every 3 months). The Zoom conferencing platform is likely what will be used for these meetings, though some might prefer to use the video function of Slack. You will be taught how to use these tools, should you not (yet) be comfortable using them.
Does the program count towards annual CE requirements I might have?
Parts of the internship program are RACE approved, and interns are provided with certificates when successfully completed. In addition, you should check with your regulating body because some allow credits for following structured online programs such as the VVI.