Westside Veterinary Services, CA

Description of Elective Experience: 

We are an  large animal ambulatory practice in the Central Valley of California.  We mainly do dairy cattle work - primarily reproductive, vaccinations, computer analysis, and milk quality.  We have a large milk quality lab at our clinic.  We also do beef, some equine, small ruminants, and porcine work.  Currently we are a 5 person practice.  The vet students ride with different veterinarians each day.   We try to tailor the calls to the students' interest.  Most calls involve rectal palpations and calfhood vaccinations, but if there is another call that day that interests the student, we can make changes to the schedule.

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

We have computers available and a library available for the students.  Some students that are interested in doing more rectal palpations arrange to get a loaner ultrasound from BCF.  

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

Students are expected to be available from Monday to Friday.  Emergencies are optional during the night or weekend.  Morning calls can start anytime after 3am.  Students should be available for afternoon calls.  Students will be shadowing the veterinarian they are with. 

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

Housing is available at the office at no charge.  There is a bed with sheets, sofa, storage for clothes, and Wi-Fi.  Kitchen facilities and shower/bathroom with towels are also available.  We do have laundry facilities available for student use.  We do not have facilities for pets.

Hank Vander Poel
1531 E. Pacheco Blvd.
Los Banos, CA 93635
United States
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