Greentree Animal Clinic, PA

Description of Elective Experience: 

Veterinary Student Externship - Small Animal General Practice Clinical Rotation Program

Greentree Animal Clinic is a family owned small animal general practice in Western Pennsylvania just south of Pittsburgh.  We offer the opportunity for veterinary students to join us for a 2-4 week clinical rotation experience in small animal general practice.  Our clinical rotation is designed to allow students, under veterinary supervision, to practice the problem-solving, technical and communication skills that they have acquired during their clinical preparation. Externs are given the opportunity to work alongside our veterinary team and are encouraged to participate in all aspects of patient care. We would like to provide you with as much hands-on experience as possible. However, your exposure will vary depending on the nature of the cases presented as well as your experience level. We will determine your level of “hands-on” participation in each case as it arises.

Our large caseload allows for students to experience a variety of cases that are commonly seen in general practice.  We have in house diagnostics including Blood Chemistry analyzers, Digital Radiography and Ultrasound that are used daily to diagnose our patients.  Procedures such as spays, neuters, dentals, and mass removals are performed on weekdays.  We also perform surgeries such as cystotomies, eyelid surgery, digital amputations, and others based on patient and client need.  

Externs are expected to be enthusiastic and effective participants in our patient care activities, upholding the professional and ethical standards of our practice.  As a veterinary student extern, we expect you to dress and behave in a professional manner and to meet the expectations that we have of all team members.  

Interested applicants should be currently enrolled in an accredited DVM/VMD program and authorized to work in the United States.  Applicants should also carry professional liability insurance. AVMA PLIT liability insurance is free for all student members of the AVMA. You may apply for this coverage on their website.  

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

Greentree Animal Clinic is has 5 veterinarians on staff and 16 veterinary technicians.  

We have in house digital radiography, dental radiography, ultrasound, and extensive lab equipment.  

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

Student hours are from 8 AM - 4:30 PM Monday through Friday

Students will shadow a veterinarian seeing appointments or performing procedures throughout the day, the degree of participation with each patient will depend on the student and the specifics of the case.

Dr. Tierney Kelly
2080 Greentree Rd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15220
United States
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