Important Pender 2021 COVID-19 Update: 

Our Fairfax and Chantilly hospitals will be open for Curbside services and Hands-Free care for the foreseeable future. Our veterinarians are available for Telemedicine consultations  Monday- Friday 8am-6pm. We look forward to seeing you and your pet soon!


Internships at Pender Vet

Calling All Soon-to-be and Recent Vet School Grads!

Are you interested in gaining experience in general practice, emergency, surgery, exotics, and/or shelter medicine under the mentorship of 26 experienced clinicians?  Pender Veterinary Centre, in Fairfax, Virginia is offering a matching internship for new/recent grads the opportunity for a year of mentorship to learn these disciplines in a state-of-the-art, team-based environment in preparation for their veterinary careers. This wonderful opportunity for professional growth is accompanied with a generous internship salary, housing, and robust benefits package.  Because we offer a matching program you must apply with the American Association of Veterinary Clinicians’ Veterinary Internship and Residency Matching Program (

Imagine yourself:

  • Seeing appointments with experienced veterinarians and staff by your side.
  • Handling emergencies with dedicated emergency technicians and state of the art equipment.
  • Mastering spay, neuter, and other surgical procedures.
  • Building confidence in treating exotics species and wildlife in the largest exotics practice in the DC Metro area.
  • Getting exposure to shelter medicine, including extensive shelter animal and feral cat colony surgery.

Pender Veterinary Centre is located in Fairfax Virginia, 16 miles outside of Washington DC.  Northern Virginia and the D.C. Metro area offer residents exciting nightlife, top restaurants, many local arts and entertainment venues, historical sites, museums, over 20 National Parks within an hour’s drive.

The practice is a veterinarian-owned, 24-hour, full-service small animal hospital. It offers a well-established caseload with 26 doctors and a 20,000 ft² custom veterinary facility housing state-of-the-art equipment.  The doctors and staff at Pender have been serving the DC metropolitan area for over 45 years.  Pender Veterinary Centre includes a dedicated 3-doctor exotics department, a 17-doctor small animal practice, and a 6-doctor emergency practice located in the same building. The facility includes 15 exam rooms, modern surgical suites, reference-grade lab equipment, digital radiology, ultrasonography, laser therapy, and endoscopy.  There is also easy access to outsourced advanced imagine services.

As an intern with Pender Veterinary Centre, you will get a year of primary case care responsibility for first-opinion and emergency/critical care cases, the opportunity to be the primary surgeon on both elective and entry-level procedures as well as the secondary surgeon on complex procedures, and exposure to exotics medicine. Pender Veterinary Centre sees over 70,000 cases each year, over 8,000 of which are exotics species and over 6,000 of which are emergency cases. We are a very busy private practice, and this internship is best suited for a candidate who learns well by immersion in a fast-paced environment. Our hospital culture is set up for hands-on learning and mentorship in an environment that emphasizes team work, positivity, approachability and flexibility. In your letter of interest, please be sure to include your level of interest in each of the areas we offer.


  • Housing provided (utilities included)
  • Competitive Salary
  • Paid Vacation
  • Paid Health Insurance with Dental, Vision, Disability, and Life Insurance available (1st of the month following start date)
  • State licensing fees
  • DEA licensing fees for the year
  • AVMA Membership dues
  • AVMA PLIT coverage
  • VIN Membership dues
  • Local CE membership provided
  • Regular in-house RACE approved CE programs
  • Uniform allowance
  • Pet Care Discount

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