Become an Extern

It’s more than just an interest in federal politics that drives an AVMA Governmental Relations Extern. It’s the desire to experience something completely different and accelerate their capacity for flexibility and increased self-confidence.

This program is designed for you to build momentum each and every week. In just four weeks, you’ll go from being a bright-eyed visitor to actually lobbying for your future profession with legislators and staffers on Capitol Hill. You will also have the opportunity to meet veterinarians currently serving in a variety of roles for the United States government.

As a veterinary student, you spend a lot of time on the details. This externship will help you gain a better understanding of the bigger picture.

The 2015 Externship Blocks are:

March 2-27

March 30- April 24

April 27-May 22

June 1 -26

September 8-October 2

October 5 -30

Application Deadline: October 17, 2014



Late Spring and Summer blocks are the most popular. Applicants must select a first choice and second choice block when applying. We ask that applicants interested in this timeframe select either the April 28 block or the June 2 block, but not both when listing their first and second choices

What Does An AVMA Governmental Relations Extern Do?

Externs learn about both the federal legislative and regulatory processes and are then actively involved in advancing the AVMA’s agenda in Washington.

Work firsthand on issues that affect the veterinary profession such as the National Veterinary Medical Service Act, animal welfare, funding for veterinary education, small business, and tax issues. In the process, you have the opportunity to meet with Members of Congress and Congressional staffers.

Why Be An Extern?

As a veterinary student, you only have one chance to explore many of the career opportunities available to you. Putting yourself in unique situations helps to

prepare you for the real world where flexibility and the ability to influence others will be useful in everything from academia and residencies to private clinical practice.

Along with other perks, externs get a chance to meet national newsmakers face-to-face in Washington, D.C

You can be an applicant, if you:

  • Are a member of SAVMA
  • Have completed two years of a professional program at an AVMA accredited school before the beginning of the externship
  • Are interested in public policy
  • Have a desire to advance the AVMA Legislative and Regulatory Agenda
  • Think clearly and stay focused under pressure
  • Are result-oriented, with a high drive to meet goals
  • Show excellent writing and verbal communications skills
  • Relate well to people from diverse backgrounds in various social situations

The Externship Application

The application deadline for this year has passed.  Look for 2015 dates soon.

Send Completed Applications To:

AVMA Governmental Relations Externship

1910 Sunderland Place NW

Washington, D.C. 20036