Veterinary Training

Education is one of San Antonio Humane Society’s top priorities. Opportunity for spay/neuter training as well as shelter medicine education is offered for veterinary students in their clinical rotations. We also offer internships and/or volunteer hours for veterinary technician students. Licensed Texas veterinarians are also welcome to experience HQHVSN, or “High Quality High Volume Spay Neuter” here at SAHS.

Veterinary Students – We are FULLY booked until May of 2024
SAHS is one of 181 NSNRT Certified locations trained by ASPCA in the US. We are happy to host veterinary students in their clinical rotations at an accredited veterinary school. We recommend externship lengths of at least 3 – 6 weeks, with 2 weeks being the minimum time recommended for a good quality experience. Students actively participate in high quality/high volume spay and neuter surgeries supervised by our shelter veterinarians, who will teach you techniques in HQHVSN. Shelter medicine will also be taught “hands on” as an integral part of the externship in our brand new medical building.

To be considered for an externship, please email proof of enrollment, student liability insurance, and why you desire an externship with the San Antonio Humane Society to our Chief Veterinarian, Dr. Kristine Hawkins at To maintain the highest quality externship experience, we will only accept one extern at a time.

Veterinary Technician Students
Contact the San Antonio Humane Society Medical Director, Natasha Hernandez, at for more information.

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The San Antonio Humane Society (SAHS) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, no-kill organization that has served Bexar County and its surrounding areas since 1952. The SAHS shelters, medically treats, and rehabilitates thousands of dogs and cats every year.

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