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Rehabilitation and sports medicine internship

Position from: June 26, 2023, to June 30, 2024

Clinical internship at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM), University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

The WCVM is accepting applications for a one-year small animal sports medicine and rehabilitation internship. This is a graduate certificate program. Intern applicants must have a DVM (or equivalent). Experience in rehabilitation is desirable. This individual is expected to be highly motivated and have an interest in pursuing a sports medicine and rehabilitation residency or rehabilitation certification.

The goals of this internship are to develop advanced skills in sports medicine and rehabilitation. The rehabilitation service is a busy service with two veterinarians and one technician seeing appointments concurrently. The caseload is very diverse and includes cases such as:

  • post-operative orthopedics
  • geriatrics
  • neurological patients
  • sporting and working dogs
  • a small percentage of cats and exotic animals

The intern will participate in clinical examination of patients with additional emphasis on examination of soft tissues, case workups and treatments. Treatment may include manual therapy as well as modalities such as laser, shockwave, electrotherapy and therapeutic ultrasound, therapeutic exercises, underwater treadmill and acupuncture. A Tekscan pressure-sensitive walkway is regularly used, and the intern will learn to interpret kinetic gait data.  

Additional information

A salary of $28,000.00 CAD is offered, and the intern receives professional liability insurance and a student health and dental plan. Saskatchewan Veterinary Medical Association licensing fees and tuition and student fees are covered by a WCVM bursary. The intern receives three weeks of vacation organized with the rehabilitation clinicians. Unused vacation time will not be paid out and can’t be taken during the last week of the program.

Some after-hours coverage of the emergency service is required. Residents and/or faculty are available for consultation and assistance at all times. The option to spend some weeks rotating through other services is also possible. The intern will participate in the teaching and supervision of final year veterinary students. Presentation of a seminar to an audience of faculty, staff and students is also required.

About the VMC

The WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre is a state-of-the-art facility serving Western Canada as a busy AVMA- and AAHA-accredited veterinary teaching hospital and referral centre. There are specialists in surgery, internal medicine, anesthesia, medical imaging, ophthalmology, dentistry, dermatology, medical oncology, radiation oncology, exotics, emergency and critical care, sports medicine and rehabilitation, and nutrition.

The veterinary teaching hospital has large, modern surgical suites, a CT scanner, an MRI unit, ultrasound, nuclear scintigraphy, linear accelerator and PET-CT.

The WCVM is located in the vibrant and economically booming city of Saskatoon — Saskatchewan’s largest city and one of the sunniest cities in Canada. For more information, visit the Tourism Saskatoon web page

Applicants from countries where English is not the first language must provide proof of English proficiency. Click here to view acceptable tests of English proficiency for the University of Saskatchewan. Applicants must provide proof of acceptable English language scores at the time of application to be considered.

Application process

Applications accepted until May 15, 2023, or until a suitable person is identified.

Interested individuals should send the following to Dr. Romany Pinto (  

  • a letter of intent
  • current CV
  • copies (unofficial) of ALL post-secondary transcripts
  • English language scores (if required) 

As well, please arrange for three letters of reference be submitted to

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