At Arizona Exotic Animal Hospitals and Colorado Exotic Animal Hospital we are not only dedicated to caring for exotic animals but also ensuring that future health care providers are educated to care for the unique needs of these “non-traditional” species. We provide residencies, internships and externships to veterinarians and veterinary students. We also provide externships for veterinary technicians. Through our education programs we are able to provide exposure to a variety of species and guidance for practitioners.

Our Education Philosophy

What sets us apart from other hospitals is that our educational experiences are geared toward exotic animals exclusively. Doctors meet for educational rounds 4 days a week. These rounds involve discussions of various topics, journal articles, and radiographic interpretation. With the various specialists available these provide grounds for a wealth of knowledge to be discussed. Additionally, wetlabs are held every other month where important hands-on skills are taught to veterinarians. Senior clinicians are either in the hospital or just a phone call away to provide support when needed.


When it comes to our residency programs we provide both a Reptile/Amphibian ABVP residency and an Avian ABVP residency (only at our Arizona hospital locations). Our programs are 2 years provides focus on these unique species, though other exotics will be managed by veterinarians as well. We work with private clients, zoological institutions, wildlife centers and state and federal programs to get our residents the variety and exposure they need to become specialist in their field.

Internships and Externships

Our internship program is focused on exotics and is a one year commitment. During this time veterinary interns are directly managing cases as well as observing senior clinicians to gain the knowledge and skills they require to work in private practice or be eligible for a residency program. At this time we have our internship program through the Veterinary Internship and Residency Match Program. You can find us by searching under avian or exotic internships.  We host veterinary student for externships at our Arizona hospital locations only at this time. Our rotations are 2 to 4 week time periods where students are able to observe clinicians and learn about management of various illnesses in exotic pets. Additionally we will offer externships for veterinarians in rotating internships and to veterinary students at other stages of their career. These are observational experiences for participants.

Veterinary Technician externs can also spend time with us.

Additionally, we are always happy to have new veterinarians join are team who are qualified and dedicated to the care of exotic pets. Visit our employment page for more information.

Current Opportunities

If you are interested in any of our positions, whether you are a practicing exotics veterinarian or a student interested in one of our programs please feel free to reach out to us.

-Associate veterinarian positions: Dr. Jay Johnson:

-Residency/Internship/Externship positions: Dr. Anthony Pilny: (Note that we do not currently host veterinary students for externships at our Denver location. Externships are offered at our Arizona locations only at this time).

-Denver, Colorado Technician externships: This location is not currently accepting externship positions. 

-Mesa, AZ Technician externships: Brandon Wimmer:

-Phoenix, AZ Technician externships: Karisma Cruz:

-Tucson, AZ Technician externships: Natasha Sonoqui: