Small Animal Rotating Internship

Brief program description: 
Evolution Veterinary Specialists in Lakewood, Colorado is looking for a motivated intern in a busy emergency and specialty practice outside of Denver, ColoradoThis one-year position has been constructed to provide both direct mentoring in the ER/ICU, rotations on specialty services, structured didactic rounds, and laboratoriesVarious specialties are now available in the hospital, including anesthesiology, cardiology, critical care, emergency, internal medicine, medical oncology, ophthalmology, surgery, and zoo companion animals. 

Number of positions: 5 

Start date: 6/17/2024 and end of 7/5/2025

About the area:
Lakewood is a western suburb of Denver, so it is close to the mountains, allowing the outdoor enthusiast to enjoy all that Colorado has to offer. With this, there are tons of lower elevation hikes within a 30-minute drive of the hospital, with more intensive hiking/backpacking as well as great ski/snowboarding venues available within 2-3 hour drive. Denver is a vibrant city with numerous craft breweries and distilleries, and there are free or cost-conscious activities available most weekends to enjoy in your free time. If you enjoy concerts, Red Rocks Amphitheater is also 20 minutes from the hospital. You will not be lacking in things to do in your downtime in this wonderful city. 

About the hospital: 

Evolution Veterinary Specialists is a privately owned veterinary hospital, founded with dedication to patient care and providing all team members with opportunities for growth and job fulfillment. Our core values are BRITE: Best Medicine, Respect, Integrity, Teamwork, and Empathy. Unlike most corporate-owned hospitals, you will work daily with the hospital owners and management who are committed to the hospital as well as your professional success. Our mission is to constantly evolve to the needs of our patients and staff with a tireless focus on promoting a culture of teamwork and elevated medicine with CE opportunities for all staff and regular hospital and staff meetings and team-building events. Our practice has an excellent team of Emergency doctors as well as Cardiology, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Radiology, Exotics, Surgery, Critical Care, and Anesthesia specialists to support them. We recently completed a 10,000-square-foot expansion to add a dedicated 2,500-square-foot ICU with Snyder oxygen and hi-flow oxygen therapy, 4 suite surgery, endoscopy, and special procedures suite, specialty procedures center and imaging center with CT, and oncology suite. 

The hospital receives an average of 22400 cases per year, with an average of 17 emergency cases per day. The caseload is a mixture of first-opinion emergency and referral cases. The emergency caseload involves zoo companion animal (ZCA) species, as we are one of the few hospitals in the area that sees them. The closest 24/7 facility that sees ZCA patients is CSU, 2.5 hours away. Case load is dependent on service and schedule.

The new 26,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility features an on-site blood bank, 4-D transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiography, laser therapy, digital radiography, dentistry, multiple endoscopy towers, laparoscopy, fluoroscopy, and CT. Additionally, we have multiple point-of-care ultrasound machines, high-flow oxygen therapy, and the ability to perform more specialized nerve blocks.  

Rotation allocation (weeks): 

Anesthesia: 1 

Cardiology: 2 

Internal Medicine: 4 

Oncology: 2 

Ophthalmology: 2 

Surgery: 4 

Zoo Companion Animal: 1 

ICU: 2 

Daytime emergency: 6 

Overnight emergency: 8 

Overnight ICU: 8 

Swing emergency: 6 

Electives: 4 

Vacation/sick leave: 2 

Electives can be performed outside of the hospital ONLY for specialties not found in-house (eg. Neurology). However, the cost of such rotations is to be covered by the intern. 

Didactics: This program will have a required didactic and laboratory component of the internship. The initial three months of the program will be more intensive, with daily lectures and/or labs with mandatory attendance. After the initial training period, the intern lecture series will occur once weekly, with the expectation for attendance with the exception of vacation/sick time. 

Licensure and other requirements: It is a requirement of the program that the candidate have a license to practice veterinary medicine in the state of Colorado, as well as carry liability insurance and obtain DEA licensure.  

Are you interested?
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Would you like more information or to schedule an interview?
If you are interested in setting up a virtual or in-person interview, or with any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out. All inquiries should be directed to Dr. Laura Barnes at