PETS Clinic, TX

Description of Elective Experience: 

Our goal at PETS Clinic is to introduce 4th-year students to high-volume spay/neuter and non-profit veterinary medicine. Students will gain experience in spay/neuter surgeries enabling them to safely and efficiently perform large numbers. The value of this skill set extends beyond spay/neuter clinics and shelter medicine. As a full-service clinic, students will get hands-on experience in surgeries outside of spay/neuter along with dentals, diagnostics, emergencies, and orthopedics. Students will also have an opportunity to practice in a shelter setting if desired. We are an incredibly busy clinic. We perform around 40 spay/neuters daily and see approximately 80 pets each day for general wellness, injury, and illness. Our clinic prides itself on providing care to pets that may not otherwise receive it. We practice incremental care on a daily basis and feel exposing students to this method of treatment is crucial to ensuring all pets receive the veterinary care they deserve.

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

Our team is comprised of 2 full-time and 2 part-time veterinarians supported by 15 veterinary technicians. We have 5 exam rooms and 2 fully equipped surgical suites containing a total of 6 surgical tables, a fully stocked pharmacy, isolation room, hospital room, and separate treatment/prep areas. We have overnight technicians to care for hospitalized pets and do accept emergencies 24/7. We have a newly renovated clinic with brand new equipment including:

  • Digital radiography
  • Cutting Laser
  • Cold Laser
  • Electrosurgery Unit
  • Dental Machine
  • Idexx blood machines
  • PRP Machine (plasma rich protein)
  • Oxygen cages
  • Ultrasound
Student Responsibilities - what is expected of students in terms of hours, days of the week, shadowing or actual support?: 

Externs will be responsible for exams, diagnostics (cytology, hematology, chemistry, & radiography), surgeries, dentals, and emergency medicine under the supervision of our veterinary staff. Our clinic is open Mon-Friday 8:30am- 5pm. Externs will be expected to arrive at 7:30 their first day and no later than 8:15 subsequent days. Externs will work with our support staff to include themselves in after-hour emergencies. These can be accomplished after 5 pm or on the weekend. Externs will be finished by 5pm on weekdays and not scheduled on weekends unless participating in emergencies. Lunch breaks are allotted but depend on the day’s schedule.

Student Housing (include costs, amenities, pet friendly, contact info if different from elective contact info): 

Housing is provided. If pet-friendly accommodations are required, please let us know. A car is provided to students that must travel a significant distance and cannot drive to our clinic.  A stipend of $25/day is awarded for food/etc.

Dr. Tonya Tammen
Contact email: 
3001 Central Freeway
Wichita Falls, TX 76306
United States
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