Internships & Externships

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“One of the most valuable career decisions I made was pursuing my internship at AESC. The program provided the opportunity to take my procedural skill set to another level by allowing hands-on training in surgery, endoscopy, and countless other procedures. In addition, I was exposed to a high case load that allowed me to expand my knowledge base by working through diverse cases under the direction of top-level mentorship. At the end of the year, I was a completely different doctor – more confident, more knowledgeable, and equipped with a much stronger foundation for my career.”

– Nikki Branam, DVM

“The hands on training and primary case experience I received while doing my internship at Animal Emergency and Specialty Center was invaluable. I would not have the knowledge base and clinical skills I have today without the guidance of experienced ER doctors and specialists.”

– DeAnne Fanta, DVM, MPH


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About Animal Emergency & Specialty Center

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Animal Emergency & Specialty Center is East Tennessee’s premier veterinary emergency & specialty hospital. With hospitals in Knoxville and Chattanooga, we provide veterinary specialty services to pet owners throughout Tennessee and neighboring states. Our Knoxville hospital is home to our internship and externship program, though participants may rotate through our Chattanooga practice. Our oncology, surgery, and internal medicine residents all take part in educating students and leading them through cases. Interns and externs spend a substantial amount of time working in our 24-hour emergency department with our experienced emergency clinicians. Click here to learn more about our veterinary and specialty team.
Animal Emergency & Specialty Center uses state-of-the-art medical technology and equipment including an on-site CT scanner, digital x-ray, ultrasound, endoscopy, complete lab, radiation therapy system, fully-equipped surgical suites, and much more. The depth and breadth of services we provide allow a robust learning experience. Students should expect to work a variety of shifts that include night and weekend hours. The learning experience extends beyond case management and patient management to dedicated learning opportunities including rounds and journal club. If you would like to speak with a staff member or learn more about our practice, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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Internships & Externships

A core part of our mission

Animal Emergency & Specialty Center is committed to innovation and excellence in veterinary medicine. We are equally committed to the education and development of the veterinarians of tomorrow. We hope you’ll take some time to learn about AESC and what we can offer to veterinarians expanding and refining their knowledge base and skill set.

Veterinary students interested in an internship at Animal Emergency & Specialty Center should apply online at Please direct any questions to Intern Director Dr. Sarah Duncan.

Dr. Sarah Duncan at AESC

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Email: • Phone: 865.693.4440