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Atlantic Veterinary College University of Prince Edward Island
Charlottetown, PE, Canada
15 days ago
Atlantic Veterinary College University of Prince Edward Island
Charlottetown, Prince Ed. Is., Canada
15 days ago


The DEPARTMENT OF COMPANION ANIMALS at the ATLANTIC VETERINARY COLLEGE offers a one-year, combined rotating small animal medicine & surgery and companion animal exotic/wildlife Postgraduate Clinical Certificate in Veterinary Medicine program.

This program will be split 50:50 between small animal core clinical disciplines (50%) and companion animal exotics and wildlife (50%). Small animal core clinical disciplines include internal medicine, surgery and emergency. When assigned to emergency duties this will consist of one week (7 consecutive days) of day shifts and one week (7 consecutive days) of night shifts. During rotating through the exotic and wildlife service duties will include on-call hours shared with a PGC student specializing in zoo, exotics and wildlife.

During the program, each student will spend 5 weeks rotating through specialty services which may include anaesthesia, diagnostic imaging, cardiology and dermatology. Four (4) additional weeks are allotted for elective rotations of their choosing either within or external to the AVC. Internal electives include but are not limited to, wildlife pathology with the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative, large animal medicine and surgery, and wildlife health. During the one-year program, five (5) days may be used towards professional development.

Students will have primary case responsibility under direct supervision of senior clinicians in the Department of Companion Animals. Supervision and instruction of fourth-year veterinary students will occur daily. 

Didactic aspects of the program include daily case rounds, a structured seminar series, journal clubs and client communication rounds. Each student in the program is expected to make two (2) oral presentations during the year and submit a piece of scientific writing. Presentations include a clinical case presentation and a formal seminar on a topic of their choosing. Scientific writing may include a case report, case-series, retrospective study, literature review etc. The scientific writing piece is not required to be submitted for publication; however, this is encouraged when feasible.

Successful applicants must be eligible for licensure in the Prince Edward Island Veterinary Medical Association; a license to practice is required and will be paid for by the Atlantic Veterinary College.  The candidate must fulfill all requirements for acceptance as a graduate student of UPEI (see for more details), including English language proficiency (TOEFL score of 100 or greater, or equivalent; The program will begin on June 20th with a scheduled orientation program that will include clinical shadowing and skills sessions.

Prince Edward Island is located on the Gulf of St. Lawrence, east of New Brunswick and north of Nova Scotia.  The University of Prince Edward Island is a 5000-student, single-campus institution in the heart of Charlottetown.  The Atlantic Veterinary College is part of UPEI and we benefit from the schedule of activities at the music recital hall, theater, large swimming pool and gym complex, two indoor hockey arenas, athletic fields, and other facilities on campus.  Charlottetown is a university town and the provincial capital.  Its small population of 50 000 people has an exceptionally strong cultural life thanks to the Confederation Centre for the Arts, several playhouses, museums and galleries, City Cinema, The Guild, and many coffeehouses and pubs.  Minutes from campus are two national parks, gateways to hundreds of miles of white sand beaches with surprisingly warm, Gulf-stream-generated “warmest waters north of the Carolinas”, a 250-mile tip-to-tip walking/cycling/horseback riding trail, world-class golf courses, the home of childhood heroine Anne of Green Gables, and ample opportunities for kayaking, canoeing, deep-sea fishing, trout fishing, and virtually any other outdoor activity on sea or shore.


DVM degree or equivalent

IF NOT A GRADUATE from a CMVA/AVMA accredited college, a passing score on the North American Veterinary Licensing Exam (NAVLE) and the Clinical Proficiency Exam (CPE) IS DESIRABLE.

Proof of English language proficiency -

Job Information

  • Job ID: 63111071
  • Location:
    Charlottetown, Prince Ed. Is., Canada
  • Position Title: Companion Animal / Zoo Exotics Wildlife Internship
  • Company Name For Job: Atlantic Veterinary College University of Prince Edward Island
  • Job Function: Internship
  • Job Type: Internship
  • Job Duration: 1-2 Years
  • Min Education: BA/BS/Undergraduate
  • Min Experience: None
  • Required Travel: None
  • Salary: $24,000.00 (Yearly Salary)
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