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Food Animal Internship Program
The Department of Clinical Sciences at Colorado State University offers two internship positions in food animal medicine, surgery, and field practice. The internship is designed to provide a broadly based clinical experience that will prepare the intern for food animal practice, residency in a large animal clinical program, or further graduate studies.

 Information and Contact


​Additional inquires regarding the CSU Food Animal Internship program should be directed to Dr. Rob Callan, or Dr. Frank Garry.

Training in both referral level ruminant and camelid clinical case management and ambulatory field practice are provided in this program. The clinical caseload incorporates approximately 50% dairy, 20% beef cattle, and 30% small ruminants including camelids. Fieldwork incorporates large dairies, range beef cattle, range and feedlot sheep.

​Program Details

Colorado State University offers two Food Animal Internship positions through the American Association of Veterinary Clinicians Internship and Residency Matching Program (VIRMP). The official announcement of this internship program is provided below. We hope that you will feel free to pass this information on to any students or practitioners who may be interested in this program.

The CSU Food Animal Hospital has been offering the Food Animal Internship program since 1995 as part of the Integrated Livestock Management (ILM) Program. The internship is a broad based food animal program that includes training in individual animal medicine and herd production medicine for dairy, beef, small ruminant, and camelids. The internship is divided between hospital and field services. In addition to time spent on hospital service and ambulatory service, interns have options to participate in lambing management, some specialty beef rotations, other CSU VTH services, and student teaching laboratories.

The intern will work closely with faculty clinicians that will provide supervision and training in ruminant medicine, surgery, herd health, and production medicine. The intern will assist in the instruction and supervision of veterinary students in clinical rotations. The program is divided into approximately 50% in-hospital case management and 50% ambulatory field service. Clinical duties will include night and weekend emergency duty for food animal cases. Additional participation in equine emergency service and up to two weeks in equine elective rotations is available but not required. As part of the overall training, the intern will be expected to participate in case rounds, graduate seminars, and teaching laboratories. In addition, intern with interest in research can develop and complete an investigational project, the results of which will be presented to the food animal section at the end of the internship. This internship training provides the first phase of the Integrated Livestock Management program, a multidisciplinary graduate training program at CSU that may be pursued by some interns.

The caseload of the CSU Food Animal Hospital varies between 700 and 900 cases per year and consists of about 50% dairy cattle, 20% beef cattle, 30% camelid, small ruminant, pigs and exotic ruminants. The dairy ambulatory service provides reproductive, herd health, and production management programs for three local dairies ranging in size from 500 to 1500 milking cows. Other ambulatory service activities include a diverse range of non-dairy cases.  One of the faculty members, Dr. Tim Holt is a nationally recognized authority on pulmonary arterial pressure (PAP) testing and breeding management for the control of high mountain disease in beef cattle and incorporates this expertise into the services provided by the hospital.

Teaching Laboratories

The Interns participate in teaching the Junior Veterinary Practicum Laboratories. These include the core Livestock Physical Exam and Procedures Laboratory (LAPE) and an elective Food Animal Diagnostics and Surgery Laboratory (FAX). The LAPE laboratory includes Physical Exams, Restraint and Procedures i.e.; blood collection, urine collection, stomach tube passage, CMT, and milk culture sampling. FAD/X laboratory is an intense two week laboratory concentrating on Ruminant procedures i.e. Breeding soundness examination, dairy epidemiology, hematology, anesthesiology, and surgical procedures

Investigational Project

Interns can work with faculty members to develop and complete an Intern Project. This may be a clinically oriented project or a specific research project. The goal is to provide exposure and experience in performing clinically relevant research. At the end of the internship, the interns prepare an intern project paper and present their project in a seminar to the faculty and students.