Long Island Veterinary Specialists (LIVS), Long Island’s newly-renovated, 30,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art referral facility, is offering competitive positions for a one-year internship program. With a staff of over 180 dedicated caregivers, LIVS is the largest, private, referral practice in New York State.

LIVS specialty services include: Emergency and Critical Care, Surgery, Internal Medicine, Ophthalmology, Neurology, Dermatology, Oncology, Radiation Therapy, Rehabilitation, and Cardiology.

Qualified applicants will be considered for the position based on their scholastic background, interpersonal skills, letters of recommendation, and level of motivation.

To learn more about our Internship Program and to apply, please fill out our interest form by clicking here

LIVS has administered residency and internship programs for 23 years. Our programs have successfully placed candidates in private specialty and academic residency programs ranging from internal medicine, emergency and critical care, neurology, oncology, surgery, ophthalmology, and dermatology. Candidates often have the opportunity to secure a specialty residents at LIVS, based on availability. 

Learn more about our Internship Program from a former Intern and current Surgical Resident, Dr. Kevin Barber:

Frequently Asked Questions:

LIVS Interns will play a crucial role in all aspects of the clinical setting including:

  • Rotations in each specialty service department
  • Close interaction with staff specialists and/or residents
  • Hands-on experience with a large and diverse caseload which includes dogs, cats, birds, ferrets, rabbits,
    rodents, reptiles, and pot belly pigs (to name a few)

A rotating schedule will be provided and includes all specialty services, intensive care, and emergency services. Continuing Education includes daily rounds, weekly morbidity/mortality rounds, and weekly lectures.

An internship with LIVS is a full year long.

Long Island Veterinary Specialists
163 South Service Road
Plainview, NY 11803

LIVS is located in Nassau County, NY. Enjoy beautiful white sand beaches on the Atlantic Ocean and miles of rugged coastline on the tranquil Long Island Sound. Discover charming villages and downtowns, fascinating museums, world-class shopping, top-notch hotels and restaurants, scenic hiking trails, picturesque public gardens, bike paths, swimming, surfing, boating, and fishing – all while being just a quick 30-minute trip to Manhattan.

All of them! LIVS has specialty services in the following areas:

  • Cardiology
  • Dermatology
  • Emergency and Critical Care
  • Internal Medicine
  • Neurology/Neurosurgery
  • Oncology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Radioiodine Therapy (I-131)
  • Physical Rehabilitation
  • Surgery

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Catherine Loughin, Director of Education and Research


Catherine Loughin, DVM
Dip. ACVS, Dip. ACCT
Director of Education and Research

To inquire about our Internship Program, please use the button below:

Get to know Dr. Loughin:

Dr. Catherine Loughin grew up in a small town west of Cleveland, Ohio. Her interest in animals began at the age of 4 when her father brought her to their cousin’s veterinary clinic. Her cousin was proficient in canine and equine surgery, and his influence guided her career into veterinary surgery. Dr. Loughin obtained her bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Michigan, and doctor of veterinary medicine from Michigan State. Dr. Loughin was a general practitioner for 2 years at Animal Medical Hospital in Charlotte, NC. She then accepted a 1 year general internship at Long Island Veterinary Specialists. That one year progressed into a second year as a surgical intern, and then 3 more years for a surgical residency and she is now a staff surgeon at LIVS. 

Dr. Loughin has published over 20 research papers, several book chapters, and has been an invited lecturer locally, nationally and internationally. She is one of the founding members of the Canine Chiari Institute at Long Island Veterinary Specialists, and she is the director of education and research. She also sits on the medical advisory board for the Chiari and Syringomyelia Foundation. Dr. Loughin’s surgical interests are neurosurgery, orthopedic, and reconstructive surgery.