Graduates of pre-clinical studies that are during the practical clinical year may apply (i.e graduated all pre-clinical and clinical theoretical years). we offer you the opportunity of joining our vets on their daily visits and learn from their experience and practice
Vets are also welcome to apply for vet externship.
For more information please check the procedure and application forms below
Forms – for Students
Forms – for Vets
What visiting vets and students say about us
- Andrea Preiswerk -Switzerland. 2019
My experience in Israel exceeded my expectations by far and I had an amazing month working with four different vets. The vets were immensely patient and helped me improve my practical skills (especially in rectal palpation) with helpful explanations and demonstrations. All of them encouraged me to keep asking questions and tried their best to give me an answer to whatever topic came up and to share their knowledge with me. The advanced veterinary service in Israel astonished me on a daily basis and it was wonderful to see how dairy farming can still work under such harsh conditions as the heat. The herd health practice in Israel differs a lot from the one practiced in Switzerland and getting to know the Israeli system was one of the most interesting things during this month. With only very (!) basic Hebrew I did not know what to expect from this externship, but it turned out that all the farmers spoke at least a little bit of English and were very welcoming and happy to show someone from another country their everyday life.
I honestly learned more in these four weeks about dairy cow medicine than I had learned during all my time at University. Thank you so much to all the people who made this experience what it was: For offering me rooms, meals and insightful glimpses in the culture and the tremendous history of this beautiful country. Spending time with the vets and their families helped me to understand what life in Israel is like and gave me a better understanding of the conflict too. I’m extremely grateful for this experience and I am sure that I will be back in Israel soon! Toda raba!
- Cecilia Tolaci -Italy. 2018
I spent two weeks in Galilee joining three different vets and I really had a great experience. I improved my knowledge about the infectious disease that I studied only on books, but never had the chance to see in real life as I did here. I learned a lot about farming management and most important about the figure of the vet: more than a clinician.
Beyond the veterinary area, I really enjoyed Israel and all the nice people that I met and that gave me the possibility to grow up professionally and personally.
- Vito Gullo -Italy. 2017
Thanks, Hachaklait and Dr. Sharir and Dr. Tomer I was able to learn many things.
I had the opportunity to work in a pattern in mind.
Working with them I learned, really, to be able to visit a cow and issue differential diagnoses.
It was an experience that I will recommend highly.
- Kandice Runyon -Canada. 2016
My time in Israel with the veterinarians at Hachaklait Vet Services exceeded all my expectations. I learned so much about the dairies, the animals and the dairy industry as a whole. I was given the opportunity to palpate many cows, collect urine for ketosis monitoring as well as monitor fresh cows and treat metritis. We also assessed and treated sick cows and calves on a daily basis. The veterinarians were patient and encouraging teachers and challenged me to obtain new skills. The farm’s owners and managers were also very willing to answer my many questions and even feed me on lucky occasions.
Beyond the veterinary side of things, I learned a lot about the industry, the culture, the religion and the immense history of Israel and its people. I never imagine how much I would learn in two weeks. The drives from farm to farm were fantastic and insightful, as the vets always let me pick their brain about Israel past and present. Everyone was very welcoming and helped me to explore the best of Israel when not working. The vets had lots of information and tips on where to eat, what to see and how to get there! I am so grateful for this experience and hope I will have the opportunity to return to Israel again sometime!
- Khalid Assilieh -Germany. 2016
My experience with Hachaklait was wonderful and unforgettable. I have learned, seen and did a lot. I have got to know the system in Israel and how the animals are treated. I will never forget the instructors with whom I have worked they were very nice and friendly.
- Rebecca Rehage -Germany. 2015
I stayed six weeks as an extern with Hachaklait – it was a great experience and I learned more than I ever imagined. I guess there is hardly any other country reaching the same level of perfection in Herd Health Management as Israel and I am really happy and thankful that I had the opportunity to acquire parts of their knowledge. Even if only my right arm gained a lot of muscles and looked afterward like the arm of a javelin thrower, I was able to improve my practical skills especially in rectal palpation – probably the most important part. Besides that, it was interesting and helpful to learn something about their management of antibiotics and possibly upcoming infections, which haven´t reached us in Europe so far.
All of the vets are very kind, patient, helpful and always willing to share their knowledge and the same applies to most of their farmers. We traveled a lot while visiting the farms and I was able to see a lot of the beautiful landscape of Israel – from the Egyptians in the south to the Lebanese and Syrian border in the north, the nature is so varied and variable like the citizens and their temper.
I really hope I will be able to transfer at least parts of Hachaklait´s system to ours in Germany.
It was absolutely amazing and I would do it any time again – or recommend it to everybody! Thanks a lot
- Lior Kamara-USA. 2014
Dr. Amit Tomer was a great mentor; he explained everything very well and made sure to keep me on my toes with relevant questions to the field. I highly enjoyed this week and learned a lot in a short amount of time!
- Brian Adler- NZ, 2013
Working with the Hachakalit made my trip from New Zealand fully worth the effort. They were incredibly helpful, totally transparent about the functions of the company and really geared towards having students around. There is really no plateau in the learning that can be done while working with the veterinarians of Hachaklait. I only wish I had more time to spend with the organization and accompany more of the positions within the company. If anyone is looking for more experience in pregnancy diagnosis, herd health management, and dairy research – this veterinary cooperative is really the place to visit. Thank you “Hachaclait” for an amazing time and a very caring and friendly atmosphere.
- Matthias Dippon- Spain, 2012
When I started my internship at “the Hachaklait” at the end of April, I didn’t really know what to expect. So far my knowledge concerning the system of the Hachaklait was very poor and I felt excited to learn more about it. Moreover, I didn’t know who I would be working with as I met “my vets” only one day before the internship started.
During the first two weeks, I worked with Michael Schwartz who turned out to be both: on the one hand, he was a friendly teacher explaining me everything about the interesting structures of the Hachaklait and a good, reliable friend trying to help me in any difficult situation on the other hand.
The following two weeks I spent with Joost Dukas and Avner Shoham and during my last week, I had the chance to work with Fadi Soboh.
When my internship came to an end five weeks later I couldn’t believe that my time at the Hachaklait was already over! I had such a great time with the five different vets I worked with and the fact that they all spoke fluent German made our conversation much easier.
My time in Israel was wonderful and I enjoyed every single day of my stay! Thinking back, I realize that I have learned so much more in those five weeks than I have ever before in any other internship or even during my entire time as a student at university. It was an important experience for me to get the opportunity to examine and treat animals on my own instead of just observing other vets doing the job.
To sum it all up, the internship in Israel was one of the best things I have ever done and I really wish that future interns will feel the same way! Hopefully, I’ll be back one day to meet my new friends again.