Externship Application Form


Creston Veterinary Hospital Externship Application Form

Position Description:

Depending on your location, you may choose to complete an externship for credit or take the opportunity to meet our team of doctors and support staff, immerse yourself in our clinic culture, and explore the beautiful West Kootenays. We’ve had students from across Canada and as far away as Scotland participate in our comprehensive externship program, designed to provide veterinary students in their clinical year(s) with experience working in the Creston Valley’s only emergency mixed animal practice. We welcome your visit and are enthusiastic about helping you maximize your learning opportunities.

Whether you already have an inclination for mixed animal medicine or you’re unsure of what area you’d like to practice in, this is the perfect opportunity to gain first-hand experience in all aspects of veterinary medicine. From pocket pets to companion animals, livestock and wildlife, veterinary students will be exposed to a wide range of species and working environments. Students will work closely with veterinarians and support staff to monitor cases, participate in daily rounds, assist nursing personnel, assist with laboratory work, develop treatment options, communicate with clients, join in diagnostic and surgical procedures as required, and participate in necropsies. Students will also have the opportunity to ride along during farm and house calls and gain critical exposure to emergency calls during regular and out-of-office hours.


Successful Applicants should be:

  • Currently enrolled in a veterinary program and in their clinical year(s) of veterinary studies at the time of their stay in Creston, British Columbia
  • In good academic standing
  • In good physical shape (able to lift 25kg with ease) and be comfortable working both indoors and outdoors in all weather conditions

Externship Dates: 

  • Externships are available year-round
  • Students should expect to spend between one to twelve weeks at Creston Veterinary Hospital
  • Priority for choosing time slots is according to rank during the selection process
  • Priority is given to Canadian Applicants
  • A brief interview is required
Education and Career Goals:

  • Please enclose a Letter of Interest. It should include:
    1. Your previous veterinary work experience (including any research experience and/or publications)
    2. Any extracurricular activities you have participated in while attending vet school
    3. What you hope to gain from this placement
    4. Special disciplinary interests and career goals
    5. How you heard about the placement
    6. Indicate the dates you are available for externship
  • Please include a current copy of your CV
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Submit via email: 2 Letters of Recommendation (NOTE: Please have your referees send their letters of reference directly to our Recruitment Coordinator, Matthew Verwey, at [email protected]).
**Incomplete applications will not be considered**
Questions? Inquiries? Email: [email protected]
Compassionate veterinary care in the heart of the Kootenays.
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1605 Dogwood Street
Creston, BC V0B 1G0


Mon: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tues: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wed: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thurs: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun: Closed



Thursday, April 18, 2019 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday, April 19, 2019 Closed
Saturday, April 20, 2019 9:00am – 12:00pm
Sunday, April 21, 2019 Closed
Monday, April 22, 2019 9:00am – 5:00pm
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