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Students will ge the opportunity to observe and participate in various aspects of small animal general practice. We see wellness appointments, sick appointments, reproduction, surgery, emergency, and some exotics. Depending on the interest of the student, they can work with specfic doctors to get the expertise and mentoring they desire.
Gain more practical experience, discuss cases, assist with surgical procedures(OHE's, neuters, dentals), assist with physical examinations, administer vaccinations, observe and learn how to read basic radiographs.
The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) is a science-based lobbying group that works to promote and draft legislation that enhances animal welfare in multiple species. During this externship, students will be able to work with public policy officials, lawyers, government agencies, trade associations, and animal advocates while learning about current state or federal legislation, regulations, and litigations related to farm animal wellbeing. The four main campaigns AWI farm animal department is currently working on include on-farm husbandry, humane livestock transportation, humane slaughter, and transparency in food labeling.
During a typical day’s work, students will have the opportunity to work on multiple issues, with every day being different from the last. Work can include meeting with Congress members and their staff about key issues, reading through and summarizing government records and reports, participating in strategic meetings and conference calls with other organizations, drafting press releases and articles for the AWI magazine or website, and reviewing scientific literature to inform specific public policy recommendations. There are also opportunities to meet with veterinarians working with the USDA and AVMA on federal livestock policy. Since AWI is a small organization, students will have the opportunity to learn how the organization runs and how each campaign fits into the organization’s larger mission.
Sunny Ridge Veterinary Services is a rural mixed animal practice that provides veterinary care for the tri state area of Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. We have a large demographic for equine reproduction, lameness evaluations and dentistry due to our close proximity to Mountaineer racetrack. Our small animal aspect is very busy and our typical work week includes two routine surgery days. We see occasional exotics and perform surgery on pot belly pigs and bunnies routinely.
We provide state of the art medical care to canines, felines and pocket pets. We are equipped to perform surgery, labwork and advanced diagnostics which include digital radiographs, dental radiographs and ultrasound. All radiographs are sent telemedicine which are read by a board-certified Veterinary Radiologist to assure accuracy in our diagnosis. We are one of the first hospitals in the region to utilize anesthetic monitoring for our surgical patients and we are also American Animal Hospital accredited.
To immerse the student in day to day application of the skill sets learned in school and how to apply them with the patient / client restictions usually not encounteed in tertiary practice / clinical environments.
The student will be shadowing the doctors on wellness and sick patient appointments, go through case work up from beginning to end as well as treatments options and how to work with clients of various financial backgrounds and need. We will also set up surgical opportunities for spay, neuter and dentals with our rescues. We will have case rounds to help students better under stand cases seen in the hospital to reiterate the experience gained from this externship.
Hilliard Veternary Hospital is a two doctor private small animal practice. We strive to provide gold standard wellness care; including vaccinations, spays and neuters, dentals, and geriatric care.
Shadow doctors during apponitments and surgery for dog/cat practice
In accordance with the State Practice Act, students will be provided the opportunity to:
- • Gain experience in general pet medicine in a bond-centered practice.
- • Understand Banfield’s best practice standards, code of conduct and ethics.
- • Understand the concepts of quality medicine and preventive care.
- • Understand how both high quality and high case load can complement each other.
- • Learn to perform a physical exam and to record a thorough medical history.
- • Improve technical skills such as: drawing blood, placing catheters, giving injections, starting fluids, assisting with anesthesia and surgeries under the mentor doctor’s direct supervision.
- • Collect and interpret laboratory specimens.
- • Learn how to order the appropriate diagnostic tests.
- • Learn to establish effective therapeutic plans.
- • Learn how to properly restrain dogs, cats and exotic pets for different medical procedures.
- • Learn how to efficiently and effectively use hospital equipment.
- • Learn how to charge appropriately for services provided and why this is important.
- • Learn and practice effective client and team communication skills.
- • Learn to work effectively with hospital associates and others critical to your success.