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Multi-veterinarian equine ambulatory practice located in central Kentucky practicing on large and small breeding farms, primarily thoroughbred.  Work includes reproduction, radiology, imaging, lameness, internal medicine, emergency management and herd health.  Our case load also includes sport horses of all disciplines and racetrack work at Keeneland Racecourse and surrounding training facilities.

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Students will participate in daily rounds, observe and assist in outpatient exams and surgery. We care for dogs, cats, and exotics. We do ultrasounds, echos, dental work, laparoscopy, laser surgery some orthopedics. We have a CCRP on staff. 

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For Pet's Sake is a private practice devoted 100% to birds, reptiles, and exotic mammals. Students will get hands-on experience with medicine, husbandry, surgery and practice management.

Students will work side-by-side with a veterinarian on medical and surgical case management. The practice only accepts one extern or preceptor at a time. Students will assist or perform under supervision castration and OHE of small mammals such as rabbits (as available). Students will learn various techniques for laboratory sampling, restraint, anesthesia, and diagnostic imaging on the different species. Students will participate in client education on animal husbandry and at-home care. Owner offers full disclosure on practice finances and emphasizes practice management.

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Our externs are teamed up with the interns to assist in patient assessment and care. The externship itself is largely open to whatever your interest. Occasionally the externs are scheduled with one specific doctor as an assistant, but largely you are free to follow whichever case interests you whether that be in hospital or ambulatory (as room in the truck allows). The practice is 95%+ equine and two of the ambulatory veterinarians will also see small ruminants, camelids, pigs, and backyard poultry as well. With time and proven competence externs will get to perform procedures such as IV catheter placement, abdominocentesis, and monitoring dummy foals.  Many of our externs are interested in applying for the internship, but this is not a perquisite for participating in the externship. 

Interns have primary case responsibility under the supervision of a senior clinician for the duration of the internship. The interns perform daily assessment of their cases, complete medical records, present cases in daily rounds, perform diagnostics, administer anesthesia, assist in surgery and medicine procedures and participate in monthly journal club. The interns on ambulatory service are under the direction of our three doctors on all cases such as dentals, lameness exams, etc. There are shared emergency duties which include receiving hospital cases after hours and anesthesia for emergency surgeries. After hours/weekend on call rotation is for referral emergencies and the intern will see all cases alongside a senior clinician. Each intern is on call two of every three nights and weekends. They will rotate between primary receiving (with a senior clinician), being on anesthesia/back up call and off call. During the week, even on nights off call, the intern is responsible for the care of their hospitalized cases. These cases will be transferred to the on call doctors/interns during their weekends off.

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Students will work along side the veterinary team. They will experience the day to day operations of the zoo assisting with preventative and emergency care as well as learning animal husbandry as the opportunity arises. They will have opportunity to assist/ or observe necropsy, preventative care and emergency procedures at the zoo. 

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Each spring the University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine offers a two week elective in Large Animal Neonatology and
Intensive Care Medicine at the New Bolton Center campus.  This clinical elective is open to veterinary students who have completed their preclinical
training and who have a special interest in equine neonatology/perinatology and/or intensive care medicine. Our case load includes intensive care neonates
(primarily equine) and high risk pregnancy cases (equine, caprine, bovine).  We also attend all dystocia births (equine, bovine, ovine, caprine, alpaca) and any other birth                                         that occurs in the hospital.

Students can elect 2 weeks of neonatology. The elective provides students experience managing these critically ill neonates and complicated pregnancies. Daily rounds emphasize normal
physiology and pathophysiology of perinatal diseases, the use of monitoring equipment (eg capnography, ECG, BP monitor), fetal and neonatal ultrasonography
and various treatment modalities (eg oxygen therapy, parenteral nutrition, positive pressure ventilation, fluid therapy, inotrope/pressor therapy)
required in the management of critical care neonates and late-term pregnancies.

Students will have the opportunity to master some of the following manual and theoretical skills; blood gas analysis, calculation of parenteral and enteral nutrition formulations, establishing and maintaining long term jugular catheters, principles of fluid therapy as applied to patients with septic shock and patients requiring maintenance fluids, interpretation of fetal and neonatal sonograms, familiarity with various types of respiratory support therapy and resuscitation protocols, and a working knowledge of a wide variety of pharmacological agents including antimicrobials, anticonvulsives, analgesics, pressors and inotropes. Consecutive two week rotations begin during the last week of February and continue through the first week of June.

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Bigger Road Veterinary Center has two locations with one situated in Kettering, which is a suburb of Dayton, and the other in Springboro, Ohio.  We have a large volume caseload, and we maintain a commitment to high quality of medicine.  Our doctors place emphasis on continuing education.  Our large caseload would allow a prospective veterinary student extern to observe a wide variety of common and less-common clinical presentations first-hand.

We have 8 doctors, 10 technicians and a large pool of support staff.  One of our doctors is Board-Certified in canine and feline practice by the ABVP.  We have ultrasound, endoscopy, dental radiography, surgical laser, in-house lab equipment, computerization, abundant anesthetic monitoring equipment, and we are proud of our comprehensive pain management plans.  We are AAHA-accredited.

Some of our special interests include reproductive medicine, endoscopy, ear disease, dentistry, and orthopedic surgery.  We are diagnosis-oriented, so an extern would have the opportunity to observe and discuss thorough case work-ups.

We are Fear-Free certified, as well as a Feline Friendly practice.

Please call for more information.  Bigger Road Veterinary Clinic is an ideal environment for a student to gain a lot of practical experience! 

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We are a four DVM AAHA certified hospital. Dr. Riggs is an Avian Specialist. The exotic veterinary staff also includes a Resident in Avian Practice and a Resident in Reptile and Amphibian practice. We have a "main" exotic hospital, an outpatient clinic and are members of a central hospital for exotic emergencies.  We see avian/exotic routine clientele cases as well as referrals from around and out-of-state. In addition to our exotic practices, we have an active wildlife practice, taking care of a county wildlife rehab service and working with  private wildlife rehabilitators.  We also provide veterinary care for Ohio's largest exotic animal rescue, housing over 200 exotic animals. Additionally Dr. Riggs is the veterinarian for the Greater Cleveland Aquarium and runs Wild4Ever Wildlife Conservation Foundation which particpates in Ohio based conservation projects. The elective experience will participate in all facets of our practice and get exposure to a wide range of exotic animal veterinary experiences.

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Los Caballos Equine Practice, Inc. is an equine exclusive veterinary clinic focusing on sports medicine, lameness, digital diagnostic imaging and general surgery.                                                   Services offered by Dr. Noel S. Muller, ISELP include: digital x-ray, digital ultrasound, regenerative cell medicine therapy and acupuncture. Limited ambulatory services are available

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WTA Veterinary Consultants is a veterinary-specific consulting firm that provides practice management, practice valuation, employee development and 
acquisition services to independently-owned companion animal and equine practices and veterinary teaching hospitals throughout the United
States. We co-author the annual Benchmarks Well-Managed Practice® Study, a valued guide for practices that continues to raise the bar on their
patient care, client service, and financial performance.

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