BluePearl Internships Require ER Rotations

June 2, 2023

At BluePearl, we take pride in our numerous training programs including our rotating internships, specialty internships, residencies and our emERge mentorship program. We are proud that many of our current specialty interns and residents completed their rotating internships at BluePearl. Our specialty internships and residencies are competitive, and we feel the high number of BluePearl rotating interns filling those positions reflects highly on the quality of the training provided by our rotating internships.

To this end, the leadership of BluePearl, including the Director of House Officer Programs, the Vice President of Clinical Affairs, the Vice President of Medicine and our Chief Medical Officer, state that the emergency rotation is an integral part of a rotating internship. The emergency rotation is unique in that it affords interns the opportunity to have primary case responsibility in a specialty hospital setting. These doctors may oversee the management of complex cases such as diabetic ketoacidosis and septic peritonitis with support and mentorship while still being the primary decision maker. Doing so fulfills our responsibility to the intern to provide an outstanding experience, while at the same time, fulfilling our responsibility to provide quality care to pets when they need it most.

We believe primary case management is the most effective way to improve the quality of a doctor’s clinical decision making. It is also one of the most efficient ways to improve confidence and efficiency.

Interns considering BluePearl rotating internships should expect to work emergency shifts. Emergency shifts present unique challenges, including working after-hours or on weekends, communicating with clients who have feelings about the fact that they didn’t elect to come to a veterinary hospital that day, and treating animals with life-threatening conditions, sometimes unsuccessfully. We ask prospective interns to think carefully about whether they feel their mental and physical wellbeing can handle those stressors.


Virginia Sinnott-Stutzman, DVM, DACVECC
Director, House Officer Programs

James Barr, DVM, DACVECC
Chief Medical Officer

Lenore Bacek, DVM, MS, DACVECC
Vice President, Clinical Affairs

Richard Stone, DVM, DACVIM
Vice President of Medicine