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Currently, the Veterinary Student Internship Program is not supported by the CFIA.

What is the Veterinary Student Internship Program?

The Veterinary Student Internship Program (VSIP) is a specialized training program offered by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to students enrolled in a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree program at a Canadian veterinary college.

The VSIP will:

  • expose you to new and challenging assignments,
  • provide you with skills and experiences that will broaden your veterinary training, and
  • prepare you for a successful career in the fields of animal and public health

Who is eligible?

It is recommended you apply to the VSIP program during your first or second year of veterinary studies (second or third year for students at FMV in Quebec). You will then begin your VSIP program following the successful completion of that school year. You may be enrolled in the program for up to three years of your veterinary education.

How does the program work?

You will undertake your internship in a specific program area of the CFIA under the supervision of a sponsoring manager.

The basic program components include the following:

  • Intern Development Plan

At the beginning of the program you and your sponsoring manager will establish an Intern Develop Plan that will be the basis for your activities throughout the internship.

  • Financial relief

Each year you are enrolled in the program you will be reimbursed 75-80% of your annual tuition and eligible education costs (books) as long as you meet certain basic criteria (note: Canadian tuition fees only)

  • Paid work experience

You will be provided a minimum of 12 weeks of paid work experience for each year you are enrolled in the program.

  • Annual assignment

Each year you will be asked to complete an assignment during the academic year to keep you engaged in the program while you are back in school.

  • Ambassadorial activities

You will have the opportunity to act as a program ambassador through participating in awareness activities, providing information and support to potential applicants and acting as a mentor to new students entering the program.

  • Employment with the CFIA upon graduation

You will, upon graduating, be considered for a position with the CFIA, if a suitable position is available. Your employment commitment will range from 12-27 months depending on the total amount of tuition reimbursement you receive throughout the program.

What are the benefits?

  • Financial support
    • competitive salary provided for your work at the CFIA
    • tuition relief (75 to 80 percent)
  • Annual employment with these advantages
    • a work environment that is dynamic and flexible
    • responsibilities that are progressively more demanding
    • learning and development opportunities that go beyond the ordinary student placement (such as job shadowing and exposure to a variety of Agency work sites)
    • opportunities to develop skills and experiences beyond the core DVM training that are applicable to a range of future careers in the fields of veterinary medicine, ecosystem health and public health
    • opportunities to broaden your horizons and make important contacts for your future
    • ability to gain a greater understanding of national and international issues that affect animal and public health, food safety and societal values in Canada
    • possible employment with the CFIA upon graduation

Any questions may also be directed to Marlene Longtin, Office of the Chief Veterinary Officer.

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