Date Posted:February 10, 2014
Contact Person:Dr. Meredith Murtagh
Practice Name:Friendship Hospital for Animals
Address:4105 Brandywine Street
NW Washington, DC 20016
Practice Type:Small
Job Type:Internship
For approximately 30 years Friendship Hospital for Animals has provided veterinary graduates with an outstanding opportunity to develop their clinical skills in a quality practice environment. Friendship has the resources, experience, and knowledge to provide interns with a solid foundation in both specialty medicine and progressive general veterinary practice. The internship is geared towards interns that would like to continue their education through to a residency and those that would like to solidify their education to be an innovative, well-rounded general practitioner or emergency clinician. Graduates of our internship program have advanced into many different areas of veterinary medicine including residency programs and practice ownership. Friendship's professional support includes a staff of 26 veterinarians, including full time board and board eligible members of the ACVS, ACVECC, ACVIM (Cardiology), ACVIM (Internal Medicine), ACVIM (Neurology), ACVR, ACVA, and consultants in Oncology (in-house). The majority of our specialists have finished their academic residency and joined our practice within the past five years and maintain a healthy relationship with their peers in academia. The support staff at Friendship includes a well-trained team of 150+ full time personnel. Friendship, newly renovated, resides in a state-of-the-art facility located in affluent Northwest Washington, and is the only 24 hour care facility within the District of Columbia. Our full-service laboratory provides test results for many area veterinary facilities; the hospital is also equipped with digital radiology and high-tech surgery and dentistry suites. In addition to its cutting edge facilities, Friendship is a leader in veterinary information technology and progressive veterinary business management techniques. All records are maintained electronically using an easy to master program. The internship begins with a three week orientation period in which there is a significant period of overlap shadowing with the outgoing class. Interns then rotate through hospitalized case management, general surgery and dentistry, emergency, primary care, and specialty services. Specialty service rotations are spent training with our in-house boarded surgeon, criticalists, internist, cardiologist, radiologist, neurologist, and anesthesiologist, and our consulting specialists in oncology. The internship is distinguished by the relative autonomy and concurrent level of responsibility afforded interns, and after orientation, interns are responsible for the in hospital and out of hospital care of their patients. The autonomy is balanced by continual guidance and support from our large network of specialists and primary care veterinarians, all of whom are enthusiastic about the experienced in the process of intern education. Each intern is assigned a staff veterinarian or specialist as a mentor depending on the intern's interests. Interns have access to a large online library as well as many textbooks and journals. In addition to in-depth cage side rounds twice daily, further educational opportunities include bi-weekly rounds in surgery, dentistry, primary care, and critical care. Monthly grand rounds are presented by the interns. We also encourage interns to attend local CE seminars when possible, and offer a stipend to participate in the DC Academy lectures. Friendship recognizes that supporting our interns through didactic rounds, daily rounds, and primary case responsibility is paramount in developing veterinarians for their future. Friendship recognizes the important role that pets play within the family and the stress that a sick pet can cause family members. In addition to self-motivated and professionally well-prepared candidates, Friendship seeks interns who understand that importance of the human-animal bond and the critical role that the veterinarian plays in its support. Friendship is dedicated to client service and nurturing client communication - skills that are vital for a successful veterinarian to master. Successful candidates will also be mature, articulate, and capable of conveying how much they care to pet owners. The Friendship vision revolves around respect for animals, owners, and fellow team members. The successful candidate will share this philosophy and commit to the Friendship vision. Benefits include health and liability insurance, DC Veterinary License and DEA fees, AVMA dues, VIN account, five personal/vacation days, pet employee health care discount, and discounted gym membership. For more information or to set up a personal interview, please contact Dr. Meredith Murtagh at Please visit www.friendshiphospital,com and our Facebook page for more information about the hospital!