Unlicensed Veterinarians or Graduatesof Foreign Veterinary Schools

The Veterinary Health Center at the University of Missouri is happy to accommodate graduates of foreign veterinary schools who wish to observe clinical practice, participate in rounds, and gain observational experience that may help them to successfully complete licensing requirements in the United States.  These veterinarians will make arrangements to visit specific sections and will pay an educational fee for their observational experience. Continuing education credits will not be generated in this situation. Fees associated with visa processing are the responsibility of the visitor and are charged in addition to the educational fee.  Fees are due in total prior to arrival.  An Invoice and the link to the MU Veterinary Health Center’s online bill pay portal will be emailed to visitor upon visit approval.  Our clinical rotations are 3-6 weeks long, but a visit does not necessarily have to coincide with the beginning or end of our clinical rotations. Indeed, licensed veterinarians may participate for a single day, or for multiple days.  Despite our interest in having visiting veterinarians, sometimes the timing of a visit or a visitor’s expectations may not allow us to host them.

You will be responsible for your own medical insurance, travel, and lodging expenses.

In order to apply for an observational visit, please e-mail the following information to mucvmvmsadmin@missouri.edu :

  1. CV and Letter of Intent that outlines the specific sections that you wish to visit and the dates that you would like to visit. Please provide this information 90 days prior to your visit, if possible.
  2. Proof of graduation from a school of veterinary medicine (copy of diploma or letter from your degree-granting institution)
  3. Proof of English competency
  4. Vaccination for rabies and tetanus is recommended.  Veterinary medical personnel are at higher risk for exposure to rabies and tetanus than the general population. Therefore, please:
    1. Provide records of tetanus vaccination within the last 5 years and the final vaccination in an initial series or a booster vaccination for rabies within the last year. Alternatively, a protective rabies titer (1:5 or greater serum dilution RFFIT) should be demonstrated within the past two years.
    2. Or sign a waiver upon arrival stating that you decline immunization against rabies and you have been advised of the risks associated with not being vaccinated against rabies that, if contracted, is fatal.
  5. Proof of health insurance

Application materials may also be mailed to:

Veterinary Medicine and Surgery
ATTN: Department Chair’s Office,
900 E Campus Dr
Columbia, MO 65211, USA

If your visit can be accommodated, we will forward additional forms to you for completion.

Please e-mail our office at mucvmvmsadmin@missouri.edu for more information.