Perfect Your Technical and Client Skills

We provide externships, internships, and summer employment opportunities for veterinary students attending AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) accredited schools. We participate in the AAEP Avenues program which is designed to encourage current veterinary students and new graduates to take advantage of the practical training in medicine and practice management offered by AAEP-member practices. Externships and internships allow students and new veterinarians to learn and perfect technical and client skills. Practices benefit from the enthusiastic participation of the extern or intern, as well as their access to recent clinical information and new ideas. Students get opportunities to work with our doctors on a variety of cases.

Nicholas Kiefer

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I chose to do an externship at SWTVMC during my fourth year of veterinary school on the recommendation of my classmate, Brenda. She raved about her time here, and I quickly found that it was everything I was hoping for and more. I only wish I could spend more than just two weeks here!

The entire staff of veterinarians, technicians, and receptionists are committed to providing high quality medical care to their community. They welcomed me with open arms and were so willing to teach but also so willing to listen when I had ideas, as well. Their commitment to staying current and up to date on all the latest advances in veterinary medicine is one thing I believe truly sets this practice apart.

I am forever grateful for the time I spent in Uvalde – I learned so much and experienced a practice that truly cared about the animals (and people) it served.  I highly recommend it to any student seeking a mixed animal externship, and to anyone looking for an outstanding clinic for their pet!

Thank you for everything, SWTVMC!  I’ll miss y’all.

Erica Holcomb


My name is Erica Holcomb! I am a 3rd year veterinary student at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine. I graduated from East Central High School, then went on to get a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science at Texas A&M University. My experiences in the National FFA Organization and Animal Science classes peeked my interested in large animal medicine. I was given the opportunity to come to this amazing clinic in hopes to get some more experience in mixed animal medicine and to help better prepare me for a career in this field. I am excited for all there is to learn here this summer.

Since I have the opportunity to say it! Thank you so much for this opportunity!! I have already learned so much!!! 🙂

Shari A. Mahoney

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My externship at Southwest Texas Veterinary Medical Center was my last clinical rotation before I entered the “real world” of veterinary medicine. I found this mixed animal practice in a small town online and have realized this was a great decision to come here! I was treated like I was one of the doctors, with supervision. The mentorship from all the doctors at the practice was invaluable, and I loved that I was encouraged to ask questions. The staff was very welcoming and helpful. I encourage any veterinary student that is looking to learn a lot and does not mind working hard to do an externship at SWTVMC.” Shari A. Mahoney, Class of 2016, Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine.

Brenda Canalichio


“This summer, I have been interning at Southwest Texas Veterinary Medical Center. I chose this vet clinic because it is a true mixed animal practice with an outstanding reputation. My goal is to gain experience on veterinary cases in a different part of Texas and SWTVMC is a place where I can accomplish that. I am fortunate to be working with such wonderful doctors and staff learning what my heart desires. Every morning, I go to work eager to find out what I will learn next and what kind of animal will walk in the door. I have seen many new cases and gained invaluable information that will help my future veterinary career. I am thankful for working at this great place and fulfilling my passion for helping animals. I highly recommend SWTVMC to veterinary students wanting to work in a rural area or with a variety of animals.” Brenda Canalichio, Class of 2017, Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine

Kristen Boone


“With graduation approaching, I have been very nervous about going out on my own into the ‘real world’ of veterinary medicine and general practice. However, I could not be happier about choosing to do my fourth year clinical externship at SWTVMC! Everyone at the clinic is incredibly kind and welcoming, and they truly want you to succeed. All of my questions were answered thoroughly, and I received nothing but strong mentorship and encouragement. I have learned so much in the past two weeks, and I will be able to apply the knowledge and skills I have acquired here throughout my veterinary career. I encourage everyone interested in small and mixed animal medicine to consider externing here. Thank you for everything, SWTVMC!” Kristen Boone, Class of 2015, Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine

Jaclyn Long

jaclyn_long_picMy externship at Southwest Texas Veterinary Medical Center was an all-around great experience! All of the doctors and staff were friendly and welcomed me in to their tight knit practice. The doctors were great at explaining their thought process as we worked through cases and related past experiences to help me understand. They always made time to answer my many questions about the medical side of things, as well as all of the challenges that come along with being a new veterinarian. They helped give me confidence that I would succeed after graduation. This is such a great practice in the medicine they practice, the teamwork of the staff, and the care given to every patient and client. Thank you SWTVMC for showing me the type of practice I hope to work in and teaching me so much!