Animal Dermatology Clinic - Marina del Rey, CA

Description of Elective Experience: 

Animal Dermatology Group is the largest collection of veterinary dermatology specialty practices worldwide. We are looking for motivated individuals who are interested in furthering their dermatology knowledge by participating in externships, dermatology internships or residency training programs.  Skin and ear disease are consistently among the top 5 pet owner complaints in small animal practices.  Whether preparing for a general practice career or exploring options for training as a veterinary dermatologist, an ADG externship is tremendously beneficial.  With locations across the country there are numerous locations for students to visit and further their careers with a high volume of dermatology cases.

Students will observe and assist in cases presented to a dermatology specialty practice.  During the externship they will be expected to build on what they have learned and continue to develop their skills including history taking, dermatology exam skills, and become proficient at in house diagnostics including skin scrapes and microscopic cytology.  Multihead teaching microscope and observation screens, video otoscopy units and CO2 laser surgical units are commonly used.

Institutional and Educational Resources - staffing, equipment, etc.: 

Animal Dermatology Clinics utilize the latest in equipment for our specialty including Storz Video otoscopy, CO2 lasers, along with intradermal allergy testing, advanced biopsy techniques.  In house cytology is a common, and crucial tool for dermatology., utilized multiple times per day.  Multihead microscopes allow teaching in virtually every case

Student Responsibilities - what is expected of students in terms of hours, days of the week, shadowing or actual support?: 

Students are expected to keep the hours typical of the practice - Often 9 am to 5 pm, with occasional differences depending on the needs of the case. Students will shadow board certified dermatologists, but will also participate in sample collection and interpretation.  Students can expect to become even more proficient at skin and ear cytology and logical approach to common skin diseases. 

Allison Kirby, DVM, DACVD
Contact email: 
4834 Lincoln Blvd
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292-6917
United States
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