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Service learning - service & outreach

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Very busy small animal practice with quality medicine and amazing staff 

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Students will spend time rotating with different doctors in the practice on their appointment days and surgery days.  They will get hands on experience with physical examinations and diagnosis and treatment plans with their assigned DVM.  Surgery days will consist of a mix of dental, elective, and advanced soft tissue procedures.  One surgeon routinely performs orthopedic procedures.

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We like our externs to be as hands on as possible.  Typically the extern will shadow one of the doctors for the first week and then the doctors will shadow the extern for the remainder of the visit. 

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At Lindsay Wildlife Experience, externs will gain experience in both wildlife and captive animal medicine. The first few days will consist of shadowing the veterinarians or technicians in both areas, and externs are expected to become familiar with the basics, including anatomy, triage, and handling. Depending on student performance, subsequent weeks will allow the student to hone their skills through assisting the veterinarians. There may also be opportunities to attend didactic classes and participate in journal club. 

Veterinary students may also assume primary case responsibilities, including triage examinations, forming treatment plans, and performing common procedures (including fecals, manual WBC, phlebotomy, and time permitting, laceration repairs, and surgical procedures) under the direct supervision of one of the veterinarians or registered technicians. These will depend on the caseload as well as the student’s preferences.

Our caseload at LWE consists of birds (the majority of our patients, including songbirds and birds of prey), mammals (including squirrels, opossums, raccoons, bobcats, coyotes, and beavers), and herps (snakes, lizards, salamanders, and frogs).

The full description may be accessed here.

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North Andover Haverhill Animal Hospital (NAHAH) is a state-of-the-art surgical referral and wellness center and is a full-service animal hospital complete with advanced diagnostic instrumentation, digital x-ray, in-house laboratory, fully equipped intensive care unit, onsite and online pharmacies, and much more. Our advanced diagnostic and surgical capabilities enable us to provide the highest standards of veterinary medical, surgical, and dental care for our patients. The student will have the opportunity to shadow doctors in exam rooms and surgeries and immerse themselves in the day-to-day operations of a busy medium-sized veterinary practice. The student will gain exposure in both general practice medicine as well as routine and advanced surgery.

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The student will have the opportunity to work directly with each of our three doctors throughout the rotation. While in the small animal pracitce they will work with the attending doctor seeing in-house appointments for routine check-ups and emergent issues as well as in surgery performing both routine and complicated procedures. They will have the opportunity to work with our large animal ambulatory vets while on calls for cattles, horses, and small ruminants performing a variety of routine and emergency work on the farm. 

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Banfield Pet Hospital’s Veterinary Affairs team offers student research externship positions during their clinical rotation year. The Veterinary Affairs team is responsible for identifying opportunities to improve the quality of veterinary care provided in Banfield hospitals and developing and implementing systems to enact those improvements. This work is done primarily through analysis of data from the centralized electronic medical record (PetWare®) database, use of other internal and external information sources including other internal electronic reporting, record review, peer-reviewed literature, hospital team member and client surveys, subject matter expert consultations, and other veterinary and pet care industry partnerships. The work of the Veterinary Affairs team has led to evidence-based changes to practice policy, identification of new equipment and product needs, and development of hospital and client materials, to name a few.
The student extern will work on a project while also receiving training and mentorship from the Veterinary Affairs team and will be working at Banfield’s Central Team Support (national headquarters) in Vancouver, Washington (USA). The extern will have the opportunity to fully engage in projects that support Banfield’s Veterinary Medical Quality program, focusing on patient care and outcome(s). Duties may include (but are not limited to) literature reviews, medical record reviews, and analyses of pet population health data (e.g., descriptive statistics). Student projects will be based on Banfield practice priorities and needs at the time of the externship and student skillsets. Students with knowledge and interests in companion animal health, epidemiology/population health management, electronic health data, applied clinical research and veterinary medical quality will be given preference.
In addition to active participation in project and other team meetings, other major components of the externship include learning about corporate veterinary practice, career options outside of the clinical environment by meeting with veterinarians working on different teams within the Banfield organization and learning about their career paths, and other Mars Veterinary Health and Petcare business units. Externships close out with an oral presentation of project findings and recommendations to the Veterinary Affairs team.
 

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The Maschhoffs offers a full-time summer internship and/or unpaid externship(s) for 4th year veterinary students. Veterinary students will learn how the TML health team implements core strategies through collaboration with regional operations.

Students will have the opportunity to ride along with veterinarians as they complete farm visits, diagnostics, and biosecurity audits, as well as participate in meetings. Some experiences can also be tailored to allow students hands-on experiences with production, nutrition, transport, genetic, and research teams.

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The student will work one on one with the staff doctors primarily Dr. Kiani and Dr. Colón.  The student will work through internal medicine cases including abdominal ultrasounds with a board certified internist.  The student will learn how to prioritize diagnostics and explain bloodwork and urine results to the owners.  The student will evaluate radiographs and learn how to explain her findings to the owners.  The student will scrub into surgeries with staff doctors and take part directly in all surgeries performed.  The student will be exposed to and learn how to perform gingival flaps and dental extractions on both dogs and cats.  The student will learn about fluid therapy and intravenous medications needed to treat hospitalized patients.  The student will work with a visiting board certified cardiologist to perform echocardiograms and EKGs.  The student will directly take part in triaging and treating emergency cases alongside the staff doctors.  The student will also perform wellness care including vaccines, heartworm testing, FeLV/FIV testing, etc. 

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