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International Veterinary Career Opportunities

Why Think Globally?

Have you thought about pursuing an international career in veterinary medicine? Increased travel, communication and trade, disease prevention efforts, and advances in science and technology have made it necessary to bring veterinarians to all parts of the world. What happens in one country has an impact worldwide, therefore it is important to have veterinarians serving globally, "educating others, and creating unity within the global ecosystem," (Dr. Beth Sabin).

Important Attributes for Success in International Veterinary Medicine:

  • Professional knowledge and skill base
  • Language fluency
  • Resiliency
  • Organized, flexible, and detail-oriented
  • Culture competency
  • Knowledge of different cultural practices and worldviews.

​International Opportunities

International opportunities exist in a variety of fields and industries. If working internationally is something that you are truly passionate about, we encourage you to think broadly when seeking positions.

  • Development
  • Public and Environmental Health
  • Clinical practice
  • Research
  • Education
  • Diagnostics
  • Governmental and NGO positions
  • Professional Associations
  • Academia
  • Industry
  • Advocacy

Finding Opportunities

Besides utilizing your contacts, such as your professors and the veterinary career liaisons, there are other ways to search for international opportunities online:

  • The AVMA International allows you to search jobs, externships, and exchange opportunities. The site also has important resources where you can read about current issues in international veterinary medicine. The AVMA also has a Veterinary Career Center that can be filtered by country.
  • Dr. Beth Sabin, Associate Director of International and Diversity Initiatives at the AVMA, is willing to connect and provide advice. Email:
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