Internships should be designed to prepare veterinarians for high-quality service in practice or advanced specialty training. The primary purpose of an internship is to provide a sound educational program for the intern rather than a service benefit to the hospital. This guideline is intended to establish reasonable expectations for internship providers as well as participants. The key to providing or completing a successful internship experience is establishing a clear, mutual understanding of what is being provided and what is expected in return.
Current medical textbooks, a computer with access to online search engines for scientific literature and online journals should be available on-site. Secondary training sites should meet similar facility standards.