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Nashville Veterinary Specialists

DVM New Graduates

Nashville Veterinary Specialists (NVS) offers a dynamic emergency mentorship program designed for recent DVM graduates. Begin your career training alongside the best emergency and critical care veterinary team!

ER Mentorship

Why do an Emergency Mentorship at NVS?

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  • Our experienced ER doctors are focused on developing your skill set as an emergency clinician

  • Earn $80,000 annual salary during the mentorship

  • Protected quality of life -work no more than 15 shifts per month during the mentorship

  • We hope you’ll stay with us afterward, but we don’t require a commitment. This encourages all of us to invest in each other.

Our location will provide you with a dedicated mentor and the opportunity to work with multiple ER doctors, our criticalist, anesthesiologist, surgeons, internists, cardiologists, neurologists, and oncologists. We have on-site CT, MRI, endoscopy, ultrasound, in-house lab, online access to any journal article and Plumbs. You will be attending weekly rounds with our rotating interns during the mentorship. We provide CE, a book allowance, moving allowance, and ample vacation time


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Nashville Veterinary Specialists (NVS) is offering rotating internship positions to adaptable, hardworking, and highly motivated veterinary graduates to fill our intern class.

Nashville Veterinary Specialists is a veterinary specialty and 24/7 animal emergency hospital. Our primary focus is to honor the human-animal bond in all we do, by focusing on patient care, client experience, and the health of our team. We believe we can never stop improving and strive to improve in all we do. NVS is an actively growing practice and additional specialists may be added prior to the commencement of the internship.

Interns will rotate through each of the specialty services and assist in the management of cases under the direct supervision of our specialists. Interns will have primary case responsibility in ER with oversight from experienced ER doctors. Interns will have on-call duty on certain services. Interns will also be expected to participate in weekly teaching rounds and journal club.

Nashville Veterinary Specialists is conveniently located near the Nashville Zoo and Veterinary Ophthalmology Services (VOS) where external rotations can be done if interested in those specialties. NVS also has a sister hospital in nearby Clarksville, TN that has surgery, internal medicine, and emergency services.

Benefits include group plan health insurance, allowances for uniforms (scrubs and lab coats), and reimbursement for liability insurance and Tennessee state licensure. One week of vacation is included, as well as one week of sick or personal time that can be used for interview days for those pursuing additional internships or residencies.

ER Immerse Program

Get Immersed in Emergency Medicine with ER Immerse

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NVS is participating in a unique mentorship program!

With a network of over 100 Specialty + ER hospitals located from coast-to-coast in the US and in Canada, NVA Compassion-First hospitals offer unmatched advanced mentoring opportunities designed to prepare you for a rewarding career in Emergency Practice.

From early entry all the way to AVMA recognized board certification, the ER Immerse training tracks provide the ultimate career paths for veterinarians with a passion for emergency medicine –at any stage of their career. Rolling admission dates and 40+ participating hospitals means flexibility to choose where and when you want to start this fulfilling journey.

Overall Program Highlights

The Experience We Offer

  • Non-residency path to diplomate status (ABVP Canine and Feline Board Certification); no internship needed

  • Great fit for all emergency practitioners interestedin becoming careerists in emergency practice

  • Autonomous with resources, mentorship and support provided as needed to facilitate board certification

  • Remain in the home hospital

  • 2 to 3 years while working full or part-time at full wage with benefits

Salary and Benefits

  • Immediate associate status with full salary and benefits

  • Personal development and wellbeing resources and training

  • Access to over 30 leading medical journals and recorded CE Lectures

Mentorship and Training Support

  • Online learning platform

  • Full immersion into an ER setting with mentorship from emergency doctors and nursing staff and specialists

  • Opportunities for hands-on surgical and endoscopytraining, cadaver labs, radiology rounds, and more

  • Didactic training in basic and advanced emergency topics

  • Advanced training in communication skills, leadership, efficiency, and other non-technical skills

Our Commitments

What sets NVS apart from any other veterinary specialty practice? Not only do we focus on patient care, but core to our hospital culture is also a focus on the health of our team, our community, and the environment.