The Calfternship

Gaining Experience

What is the Calfternship?

The Calfternship was created as an opportunity for the best and the brightest third- and fourth-year veterinary students with a strong interest in bovine medicine and research to experience a paid externship focused on calves. Calfterns will receive a $500 travel stipend along with a $500 stipend for each week they spend on the Calfternship. CalfCare will also work to arrange housing during the Calfternship.

Students will spend their 2-3 week-long externship working with our veterinarians and staff as they go about working with our clients and their calves. Externs will also take part in consultations, research trial design and/or assistance, research animal caretaking, research animal processing, emergency calls, vaccination protocol creation, diagnostics, and necropsy. The extern will also be expected to develop a presentation on a special case or topic from their time on the Calfternship that they will then present to the group at their last Thursday here during the morning vet meeting.

How do I get chosen for the Calfternship?

Students will apply using the attached Application along with a resume and cover letter explaining why they should be one of the students chosen for the Calfternship. Applications should be postmarked or emailed on or before March 31,2023 for Fall 2023 and by September 30,2023 for Spring 2024. A committee of CalfCare employees will then review the applications and select up to six Calfterns for the upcoming school year.

Who is CalfCare?

We are a veterinary practice based in northern Indiana that specializes in calves and cattle. Our clients produce dairy & dairy cross feeder calves, dairy replacement heifers, and dairy & beef fat cattle. Our practice area encompasses the state of Indiana and the four surrounding states: Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Illinois. We focus on preventative medicine through design of vaccine protocols, diagnostic services, management consultation, contract research and development, as well as providing the supplies necessary for our clients to be successful and profitable.


Please email ( or call Jeff Getts at the CalfCare offices at (260) 982-7596.