Each year, dozens of veterinary students from universities across the globe apply for veterinary externship positions in the United States through the International Veterinary Students' Association Hosting Program. The SAVMA fields applications and places foreign students at U.S. veterinary clinics and hospitals that have expressed interest in serving as host practices, matching foreign students with participating veterinarians on file. Once a practitioner accepts a student, the SAVMA international exchange officer gives the host veterinarian's contact information to the student. The student and host veterinarian arrange the details of the exchange and create an experience that is educational yet comfortable for both participants.
A veterinarian who wishes to become a host can fill out a practitioner participation form at https://www.avma.org/About/SAVMA/Events/InternationalExchange/pages/become-an-ivsa-host.aspx. Additional information is available through the SAVMA Web pages at www.avma.org/savma. For access to SAVMA members-only sections, AVMA members may enter their AVMA identification number and password.