The ASPCA Adoption Center serves animals who need us the most. We provide care to dogs and cats coming in through the NYPD or our community engagement team, those with high medical or behavioral needs, and animals like neonatal kittens who take a bit more time before being adopted. Join the ASPCA Adoption Center's team of skilled medical, behavior, and other professionals to gain hands-on shelter medicine experience. Externs will learn how to provide holistic care for individual animals and the overall shelter population. You'll also discover how shelter medicine supports animal health in the community.
Perform examinations and provide medical care for ASPCA shelter animals. Learn hands-on in a real-world clinical setting.
Learn holistic care through cross-team population rounds and by spending time with the Adoption Center behavior team.
Spend time with teams across the ASPCA like our Kitten Nursery, Forensics, Animal Hospital, and Community Medicine staff.
Across the US, the ASPCA® employs hundreds of veterinarians and veterinary technicians at stationary and mobile clinics, temporary shelters, forensic labs, and remotely in consultative roles with animal shelters and veterinary practices.In fact, 1 out of every 10 staff members at the ASPCA is a licensed veterinarian, making the ASPCA the ideal training ground for veterinary and veterinary technician students and DVMs seeking continuing education. We invite you to explore the wide range of opportunities.