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Veterinary Technician Training Programs

Program highlights:

  • Up to six positions available per year
  • Positions are available year-round depending on your school’s schedule
  • Multiple specialty sections are available for rotations

Depending on the hours required by your program, you may not have enough time to visit all of the areas. Choose the areas of greatest interest and we will schedule your rotations. If you have an area of special interest and would like to spend additional time there, or an area that you would like to visit, but for a shorter time, let us know. If time allows, we also try to leave the last week open, allowing you to revisit an area that you found interesting or an area not originally on your schedule that you now would like to explore. We will not limit your experience; you may choose to stay longer to complete all rotations.

Work hours may vary depending on  rotations.

Our goal is to make this a valuable learning experience and expose you to many different avenues of veterinary technology.

If you have any questions, contact:

Jennifer Polkow, RVT (anesthesia) at
Anastasia Glahn, BS, RVT, VTS (oncology) at

Housing, insurance and appropriate attire are the responsibility of the applicant.

Sections available for rotation:

Anesthesia — IV sedation, induction and monitoring patients, catheter placement, control drug inventory, machine maintenance and patient protocols.

Cardiology — Auscultations, cardiac ultrasounds, blood pressures and the possibility of surgical procedures. This area could be visited in one to two days.

Clinical Pathology — Blood work, fecals, review slides of blood work and parasites. Observe necropsies and many different procedures performed at the Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory.

Community Practice —  Dental prophies, routine vaccinations, dermatology and wellness exams.

Emergency Medicine and Critical Care — Rotation is in the afternoon and evening. The section treats all of the emergencies that come into the hospital from simple to serious conditions. Wound care, radiographs, blood work, fluid therapies and fractures.

Equine — Observe surgery and endoscopy. Assist with anesthesia, lameness exams, foal care, sample collections and treatments.

Food Animal/Theriogenology — Species include bovine, porcine, caprine, ovine and camelids.  Food animal: Routine herd work, sample collection, catheter placement and ambulatory calls. Theriogenology sections: Breeding soundness exams, pregnancy exams and canine reproduction. You may stay in clinics or go on calls. If time allows, we visit university farms.

Intensive Care Unit — Monitor and treat critically ill patients. This area is staffed 24 hours per day. Hours may be in the late afternoon or evening.

Internal Medicine —Endoscopy, blood donor draws, bone marrow aspirates and routine sample collections.

Oncology — Observe and possibly help with treatments. You will be able to observe many different protocols and research projects being conducted to treat patients with cancer, as well as radiation therapy. This area could be visited in one to two days.

Ophthalmology — Complete eye exam in all species. Some surgeries. This area can be visited in one to two days.

Shelter Medicine — Spays, castrations, dentals, wellness exams, vaccinations of shelter animals. We have a mobile unit to travel to other areas of the state to provide services. Not located within the VHC. Interns will travel 15 minutes south of Columbia to the Shelter Medicine facility.

Small Animal Surgery — Orthopedics, soft tissue surgery and neurology. Surgical preps of  animals, sterile scrubs, bandage changes, wound care, receiving patients, physical therapy (including a water treadmill), diagnostic workups, instrument care and sterilization, preparing surgery room and possibility of scrubbing in on a surgery.


University of Missouri Department of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery