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Navajo Technical University’s - Veterinary Technology Program Partnership with USDA, APHIS

Shaping the Future of Agriculture by Investing in Students 

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) partners with Navajo Technical University’s (NTU) Veterinary Technology Program (VTP) in Crownpoint New Mexico. The partnership was created to help NTU advance student career opportunities in Veterinary Medicine. 

Navajo Technical University (NTU) is a federally recognized, tribally operated, technical institution established in 1979 as the Navajo Skills Center. NTU became a University in 2013 and has established four instructional sites in Chinle and Tees Nos Pos, AZ, and Zuni and Kirtland, NM. NTU is accredited by the North Central Association’s Higher Learning Commission and offers vocational, technical and academic degrees and certificates. NTU is a 1994 Land Grant Institution and a member of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium that serves the entire Navajo Nation.  The Navajo Nation population is approximately 300,000 and covers approximately 27,000 square miles over three states: New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah, making it the largest federally recognized tribe in the United States. The University is the first on the Navajo Nation. For more information: 

As part of our ongoing partnership, APHIS and NTU created an Internship Program for students enrolled in the Veterinary Technology Program. Selected students will gain valuable, first-hand experience in what APHIS personnel do as governmental veterinarians, animal health technicians and wildlife biologists.

Students that participate in the APHIS/NTU VTP Internship Program receive a paid, 8 to 10-week summer/fall internship position with APHIS at one of our offices around the country. It’s a chance to gain valuable, first-hand experience in APHIS’ day-to-day work, as well as insights into public service. Students are able to utilize educational knowledge and have the opportunity to attend on-the-job training and workshops. Hands-on work experience and networking with potential future employers give students an edge when applying for careers with the federal government.

What Does an Intern Do? 
Based on career interests and skills, the accepted student will work with one of APHIS’ operational programs (Animal Care, Wildlife Services, or Veterinary Services). Interns gain professional experience in areas such as: field work (e.g., disease surveillance/eradication, wildlife management, shadowing and performing compliance inspections, laboratory research); data analysis; communications and public outreach; and other technical and scientific work related to agricultural health.

In addition to a competitive intern salary, APHIS also pays for all travel and housing costs during the internship. 

To Apply
Submit a complete application package to Navajo Technical University Veterinary Technology that includes the following:
  • Résumé
  • Letter of interest
  • Unofficial transcript
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Copies of degrees, certificates, and diplomas (e.g., Associate’s Degree, General Educational Development, High School) 
  • An application form (available directly from NTU VTP, contact below)
Each applicant must be:
  • A U.S. citizen;
  • Currently enrolled in NTU VTP
  • In good academic standing, having at least a 2.5 grade point average.
  • Current driver’s license 

To obtain an application and apply, contact:

Germaine Daye, DVM
Veterinary Teaching Hospital
Navajo Technical University
(505) 786-4150  

For general information about APHIS and our programs, contact:

Terry W. Clark, DVM
Office of the National Tribal Liaison     
(301) 440-4388   

Carl Etsitty
Assistant Director
Office of the National Tribal Liaison
(970) 494-7573 

Operational Program Units

Animal Care (AC)
Determines and promotes standards of humane care and treatment of animals through inspections and educational efforts. For more information  -

Veterinary Services (VS)
Protects and improves the health, quality, and marketability of our Nation's animals, animal products, and veterinary biologics by preventing, controlling, and/or eliminating animal diseases and by monitoring and promoting animal health and productivity. For more information -

Wildlife Services (WS)
Provides leadership to resolve wildlife conflicts and create a balance allowing people and wildlife to coexist. For more information -

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