Michigan Humane, MI

Description of Elective Experience: 

Are you looking for an opportunity to build expertise under the guidance and mentorship of a skilled veterinary professional? Michigan Humane, the oldest and largest nonprofit animal welfare organization in Michigan, is offering veterinary externships at our state-of-the-art medical facilities in Detroit, Westland, and Rochester Hills, Michigan. Our facilities incorporate a full-service veterinary practice, animal shelter, and a shelter medicine team under one roof, allowing our externs to practice in a private practice-like setting while also serving the community.


As a Michigan Humane extern, you will have the opportunity to gain exposure to a diverse caseload not seen in a traditional veterinary practice setting. Our medical team oversees the daily and emergency care of animals in our clinic and shelter. Externs will benefit from working alongside a team of skilled veterinary professionals while working in top notch medical facilities, utilizing state of the art equipment, including ultrasound, high speed dental, digital x-ray, digital dental x-ray and cautery. 


Designed for 3rd or 4th-year veterinary students currently enrolled in an accredited veterinary school program, our externships are for those who are seeking hands-on clinical experience and mentorship in a clinic and/or shelter setting. Each extern will be assigned an experienced veterinary professional as their personal mentor, working to develop their skillset and expand their clinical expertise. Students may choose from one of the following areas of focus: Clinical Medicine, Shelter Medicine, Surgery, Field Services, or Behavior. If you would like to experience a bit of everything, we have a general rotation available.

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

We offer updated facilities with state-of-the-art technology. Students will have the opportunity to work alongside experienced veterinary professionals who are eager to mentor and share their knowledge. 

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

Students will shadow doctors in our clinic and shelter.  Help with shelter medicine tasks. Perform spay/neuter procedures on shelter animals while being supervised. The student will also have the option to spend a day with our behavior department, community vet program and field services team. 

Dr. Crystal Sapp
7887 Chrysler Dr
Detroit, MI 48211
United States
Is student housing available?: 
Hours of supervision by a licensed veterinarian per week: