Each June, Angell welcomes a select group of veterinarians into Angell’s Rotating Internship Program in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery who have applied through the Veterinary Internship and Residency Matching Program (VIRMP). Details about the application process and deadlines are available at www.virmp.org. Angell’s veterinary internship program is a 13 month program. If you are interested in applying, please visit www.virmp.org.
Overview of the Angell Internship
Our average number of interns each year is 20, and from 2012-2020, 100% of our interns graduated from the program. Of this group, 52 interns applied for a residency/specialty internship (not necessarily at Angell), and 32 of them accepted a residency. The 2022-2023 internship program begins June 6, 2022 and ends on June 26, 2023. Applicants will be considered on the basis of their academic record, letter of intent and letters of recommendation. An in-person or Zoom interview is VERY STRONGLY recommended. Interview dates are available for during December 2022/January 2023; please email Lisa Mattuchio to schedule an appointment once you have submitted an application through VIRMP. The Angell internship is a challenging and exciting opportunity with an emphasis on mentoring and teaching.
The goal of the Angell internship is to provide the new graduate with a foundation in general and specialty referral medical practice on which to build a future of strong clinical skills, critical thinking, ethics, continued learning and teaching. The interns are expected to learn all aspects of hospital procedures, including management of a wide variety of cases, generating appropriate estimates and communicating with owners and primary care veterinarians. Angell’s program has an excellent record of graduates continuing on to residencies in all veterinary specialties. Interns have the added benefit and support provided by a double boarded clinical and anatomical pathologist, a full in-house pathology laboratory, one certified veterinary acupuncturists, three pharmacists, an 80-slice Canon Aquilon Lightning CT scanner, a 1.5 Tesla MRI, a dentistry service with three boarded dentists, two board eligible dermatologists, and four experienced, board-certified Emergency/Critical Care (E/CC) doctors to help with emergencies. In addition, Angell has the unique benefit of having a licensed social worker on staff to provide support both to clients and staff, particularly for those facing end of life decisions with pets.
The internship begins with 2.5 weeks of orientation; an overlap period with the graduating class of interns aids in adjustment. The program includes 3 weeks in surgery as well as 8 weeks of electives, 2 weeks vacation, and 1 professional development week. Approximately 60% of the year is spent with the Internal Medicine and E/CC services, with clinical responsibility comprised primarily of emergency receiving. Overnights are included in that 60% and there are routinely two doctors in the building (overnight), and receiving is scheduled in blocks. The critical care service manages admitted cases during the daytime, providing excellent continuity in patient care and client communication. A resident or staff clinician supervises most emergency shifts, and staff and residents are readily available on an emergency basis during the overnight. There is an E/CC resident in the building every night until at least 1am (in the summer months until 7am), and there is a boarded criticalist in the building often 7 days a week from at least 7am-5pm. Daily patient rounds occur on all services, during which all hospitalized patients and some outpatients are discussed. Each intern is supported by an advisor, and is evaluated regularly by the staff on his or her professional performance, communication skills and progress in the pursuit of knowledge and clinical aptitude. The clinical services at Angell work as teams, therefore good group interaction and communication skills are essential for the intern’s success. Interns must be able to work efficiently and effectively with a heavy caseload.
The demanding caseload at Angell requires the intern to perform many minor medical and surgical procedures under staff supervision. Interns can expect to be directly involved with more major procedures as assistants. Opportunities for continuing education include, but are not limited to: daily patient rounds, daily diagnostic imaging rounds, and a mandatory weekly lecture series designed specifically for the interns. Most of the clinical services have regular didactic sessions during which they may review the current literature, discuss particular topics, and/or review cases in depth. Time permitting, interns are welcome at these sessions. There is also a weekly continuing education program for the veterinary staff and area veterinarians; these lectures are presented by the staff, residents, and guest lecturers, and the topics cover a wide range of interests related to veterinary medicine. Each intern is required to prepare one lecture, with the assistance of a staff member, which will be presented during this weekly series. A library with access to over 43 periodicals (hard copy and online versions), and current texts in house which are available 24 hours a day.
Interns are required to be fully licensed in the state of Massachusetts at the start date. Interns participate in the MSPCA-Angell’s benefits package.
Prerequisites other than being a graduate of a college of veterinary medicine
Full licensure in the state of Massachusetts, CSR, and a DEA license