The Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences provides graduate professional training to interns and residents through the Veterinary Teaching Hospital.  Recruitment and selection for this program are through the Veterinary Intern and Resident Matching Program (VIRMP)

Internships are one-year, non-degree programs that provide advanced training for practice in medicine and surgery, experience in clinical instruction and preparation for residency and graduate study.  Most programs offer opportunities to rotate through a variety of specialties within the LSU SVM and can be tailored to the specific interests of individual interns.  Internship programs include Anesthesia & Analgesia, Cardiology, Dermatology, Food Animal Medicine & Surgery, Small Animal Integrative Medicine & RehabilitationSmall Animal Medicine & Surgery, Small Animal Surgery, Diagnostic Imaging, Emergency & Critical CareEquine Medicine & Surgery, Medical Oncology, Ophthalmology and Zoological Medicine.  Availability of internship programs vary.  To view current internship opportunities please visit

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the prerequisites for an internship?

Candidates must possess a DVM or equivalent degree prior to their start date.  Some internships may have additional requirements, see specific program descriptions above for more details.  Employment is contingent on successful background check.

Do you accept foreign applicants for internships?

Please see the specific position listing on for details.  United States citizens, permanent residents, and, if accepted by the specific position listing, those who would be eligible for a TN visa will be considered for internship programs. Foreign employees are responsible for maintaining a valid visa status throughout their employment. 

Do you accept foreign graduates that meet your visa requirements?

LSU SVM accepts foreign graduates of both AVMA listed and AVMA accredited veterinary schools as long as the visa requirements mentioned above are met.  Please keep in mind that LSU requires a credential evaluation performed by a NACES member for a DVM or equivalent degree that was earned outside of the United States.

Do interns receive any benefits?

Louisiana State University classifies interns as University employees.  As such, they (and their eligible dependents) qualify for the Louisiana State University employee benefits.  The School of Veterinary Medicine also provides workers compensation and malpractice insurance coverage.  Salary is payable in monthly increments on the last working business day of each month.  Retirement contributions are withheld from each paycheck.  No social security tax is withheld.  Federal and state income tax is withheld.  The University offers accrual of annual time off following either the University accrual rate (14 hours per month with a maximum accumulation of 176 hours) or the Civil Service Schedule rate (8 hours per month with no maximum accumulation).  Sick time off accrual is 8 hours per month.

The Zoological Medicine Intern also receives free housing (apartment) at the Greater Baton Rouge Zoo Hospital.  The intern MUST reside in the apartment at the Baton Rouge Zoo.  Keep in mind that no personal pets are allowed at the apartment.

May I schedule a visit to LSU SVM?

If you are interested in a particular internship and would like inquire regarding a possible visit, please first make sure that the position is available by checking on, and then you can contact the Program Director of that position.  Keep in mind that some services cannot accommodate visitors and may only schedule a skype interview if necessary.

Internship Program Program Director
Anesthesia Dr. Patricia Queiroz-WIlliams
Cardiology Dr. Aliya Magee
Dermatology Dr. Michelle Woodward
Food Animal Medicine & Surgery Dr. Clare Scully
Small Animal Integrative Medicine & Rehabilitation Dr. Lorri Hale Mitchell
Small Animal Medicine & Surgery Dr. Virginie Wurlod
Small Animal Surgery Dr. Karanvir Aulakh
Diagnostic Imaging Dr. Nathalie Rademacher
Emergency & Critical Care Dr. Virginie Wurlod
Equine Medicine & Surgery Dr. Frank Andrews
Medical Oncology Dr. Bonnie Boudreaux
Ophthalmology Dr. Renee Carter
Zoological Medicine Dr. Javier Nevarez


After Match Day: I matched with LSU SVM! Now what?

Congratulations!  You will be receiving email correspondence from the VCS House Officer Contact in regards to your next steps.  If your email address on your VIRMP application packet has changed, please email the VCS House Officer Contact with your updated information. 

To view current House Officers (VCS Interns, Fellows & Residents) check out our House Officer Composite.