Animal Internships Wiki

The Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, Utah, is a rescue organization for domestic and pet animals. They have an internship program, a veterinary externship program for recent graduates, volunteer opportunities, and workshops. The following was copied from their website: Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

Best Friends Internship Program[]

The Best Friends Internship Program is for people 20 or older who want to work with animals. This intensive training program offers students hands-on experience in animal care, socialization, behavior, and rescue as they participate in the daily work of the sanctuary. The program provides a unique opportunity to work at the nation's largest lifetime care sanctuary for abused and abandoned animals.

The Internship program lasts six weeks and is geared towards general animal care. The first two weeks the intern's schedule will involve working in all animal areas observing and learning general animal care techniques for domesticated animals. For the rest of the time the intern may concentrate on areas of particular interest to them. There will be an opportunity to observe procedures in the spay/neuter clinic and to shadow a Vet Tech, but this is just a small part of the internship.

The internship will include doing weekly reflections and animal area experience reports. The intern is also required to come up with goals and objectives after their first two weeks here, which will be used to determine an area of concentration.

Best Friends interns provide enormous help to the animals and staff here at the sanctuary. At the same time, the internship program can help those with an interest in animal care get a head start on a life long commitment to animals in need.

'Best Friends Animal Sanctuary Externship Program'[]

The Externship Program at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary is available to 4th year veterinary students who are considering pursuing a career in shelter medicine. Students will be under the direct supervision of a Best Friends veterinarian, and may participate in daily medical rounds, give diagnosis and treatment recommendations, interpret diagnostic testing, and perform routine spay/neuter surgeries on sanctuary animals.
Here's what one person had to say about the externship program:

"Best Friends is the ideal to be reached within the no-kill community. They started from nothing, and used their resources and dreams to create something amazing. This experience was not only the high point of my senior year, but it is one of the high points of my life so far. It was a great feeling to leave the sanctuary every day knowing that in some small way, I was a part of something spectacular that was truly making a difference in the world. This experience showed me that shelter medicine can and should be more than spays, neuters and treating respiratory infections. I think all shelters do the best they can, with their available resources and knowledge, but Best Friends can be a role model for what is possible. This experience gave me hope for a promising future in shelter and sanctuary medicine."

For more information on the Internship or Externship Programs at Best Friends Animal Society, please contact:



Volunteering at Best Friends benefits both you and the animals you spend time with. As a volunteer, you can do just about anything. Some people come to walk dogs (and cats!), clean, groom, feed, take seminars, or just sit and spend time with a favorite animal.
There are seven animal areas at the sanctuary and each of them welcomes volunteers: Bunny House, Cat World, Dogtown, Horse Haven,Parrot Garden, Piggy Paradise, and Wild Friends.

What can volunteers do?[]

Once you have completed your volunteer orientation you will be able to help with a variety of activities, such as feeding, cleaning, grooming, walking, petting, brushing, singing, or just sitting with the animals - you can spend as little or as much time as you wish.

Scheduling your volunteer time[]

Each animal area has a maximum number of volunteers it can accommodate daily. Please contact our Volunteer department at or at (435) 644-2001 ext 4119 to make arrangements prior to your arrival. This will ensure that you get to volunteer in your favorite animal areas. If you are interested in participating in a class/activity while you are here we will let you know what is available during your stay.

Stay all day, or divide your time. Volunteer in the morning and go sight-seeing in the afternoon. You are always welcome!

Who can volunteer?[]

Anyone 18 and over may volunteer. For safety reasons, children five and under cannot volunteer (but certainly may visit). Anyone between the ages of six and seventeen may volunteer at the discretion of the staff if accompanied by parent or guardian (some areas may have additional restrictions).

Can I bring my pet?[]

If you are traveling with your own pet, please be aware that we do not offer any type of "day care" for pets so you must make your own pet care arrangements. Leaving your pet in your car is not an option.

Special skills/special projects[]

If you are adept in areas such as landscaping or maintenance for example, please contact us ( well in advance of your visit. We may be able to arrange for you to be involved in a special project.

Hours of operation[]

The sanctuary is open all year: seven days a week. Volunteer hours are from 8:15 a.m. - 12:00 noon and 1:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. each day.

Where to eat lunch[]

The lunch hour at the Angel Village cafe is 12 noon - 1 p.m. Our staff prepares a delicious vegetarian lunch each day (except Sundays). Full lunch (main course and salad bar) is $5.00, or salad bar alone is only $3.00. Mix and mingle with other volunteers and Best Friends' staff for a healthy meal in a beautiful and relaxing setting.


Best Friends offers a variety of on-site workshops throughout the year designed to educate and support you in your efforts to help the animals. The following is a brief description of each class. For more information, workshop dates, availability status, and registration forms please visit our workshop community.

You may also contact us at (435) 644-3965 ext. 4317 and We look forward to seeing you here!

How to Start an Animal Sanctuary[]

If your dream is to provide a safe haven for animals in your community, you'll want to check out this intensive, week long workshop covering the basics of starting your own sanctuary. This class is designed so that you can see the physical, administrative and emotional sides involved in such an effort.

The University of Utah is an educational partner and advisor for the How to Start an Animal Sanctuary workshops. Interested attendees can apply for an accredited certificate from the University of Utah that they will receive upon completion of this program.

Fundraising Essentials for Everyone[]

Spend a valuable weekend learning proven ways to obtain funds for your organization - even in difficult times! Presented by the Best Friends fundraising staff, this workshop will cover ideas, methods and lessons learned on Grant Writing, planning Events, Planned Giving, Major Gifts, developing an Annual Fund, and much more. All levels of experience are welcome.

Humane Education for Educators[]

Learn the fundamentals of humane education and ways to integrate this vital component into your classrooms, after-school programs, and sanctuary / rescue-based efforts. Humane education can be incorporated into any subject required to satisfy the standard core curricula in your state. Learn how to build humane education into your language arts, character education, fine arts, social studies, health, science, even mathematics programs through this dynamic workshop!

Equine Sanctuary Basics[]

This workshop is open to anyone interested in learning the basics of starting or working with a horse sanctuary. Topics such as strategic planning, risk management, training, adoptions, farrier care, veterinary concerns, and much more will be covered.

Giving Heart Retreat: A Workshop to Replenish the Animal Lover's Soul[]

In the beautiful natural setting of Angel Canyon, you will experience a one-of-a-kind retreat designed to rejuvenate your giving spirit by nurturing the whole person: body, mind and soul. Dr. Linda Harper, a clinical psychologist specializing in pet loss grief and other distinctive needs of animal lovers, and Faith Maloney, one of the founders of Best Friends, will facilitate the sessions. The retreat is designed to help you find the peace of mind, purpose and fulfillment that the animal lover's exceptional journey offers.

Art for the Animals: A Creative Retreat[]

In the Humane Movement art is generally thought of as something to sell at a fundraising auction. But art can be a powerful tool for telling the story and spreading the message of kindness and caring! This retreat will give you a chance to explore new methods of thinking and working, new ways of telling our ?story? and potentially a way to reach an entirely new audience with our message! And it all takes place in the beautiful setting of Angel Canyon with the animals of Best Friends.

Jin Shin Jyutsu© for You and Your Animal Companions[]

An in-depth introduction to this ancient hands-on energy work, which balances body, mind and spirit. Under Adele Leas, study and experience Jin Shin Jyutsu© as self-help or with dogs, cats and horses, deepening communication and the bond between you and your animals.


No More Homeless Pets National Conference[]

Las Vegas, Nevada Get the latest information and be inspired by the experts on lifesaving programs and campaigns. Whether you're an individual, or with a rescue group or shelter, this is a chance to discover the tools you'll need to create a time with No More Homeless Pets.
For more information on this conference, please visit our web site

You may also contact us at 435-644-2001 ext. 4478 Don't miss out on this exciting networking opportunity!