Arbor View Animal Hospital has a unique externship program open to any veterinary students currently enrolled in veterinary school. Our goal is to provide our externs with as much hands-on experience as possible to help them become more prepared for their future veterinary careers.
How Long Is The Externship?
The externship can be for credit if allowed by an extern school and non-credit. We only allow 1 extern at our practice at any time to maximize the experience each extern receives. Typically, externships are 2-8 weeks long but are customizable to how long an extern would like to stay. Externships are also offered year-round.
Strong Emphasis On Exotic Pet Medicine
Our client base is not your typical small animal clinic clients. Currently, our patients are ~38% exotic and 62% canine/feline. All of your veterinarians are passionate about exotic pet medicine and love to share this knowledge with our externs.
Our exotic patients typically consist of rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas, ferrets, Patagonian cavies, pot belly pigs, foxes, skunks, parrots, snakes, lizards, amphibians, fish, invertebrates, some zoo species (such as wallabies, otters, and non-human primates), etc…
We also have a wildlife rehab license and this allows us to treat and rehabilitate local injured wildlife. Our externs are responsible for triaging, developing diagnostic plans, and treatment for our wildlife patients. Our staff and veterinarians are available to assist with these wildlife cases but the externs ultimately are the lead on the case. We typically have between 300-500 wildlife cases per year and they tend to be heaviest in the spring, summer, and early fall. Typical, wildlife cases include raptors (hawks/owls), songbirds, small mammals (squirrels, rabbits, opossums), reptiles (turtles/tortoises), and amphibians (toads/frogs).
What Do Externs Get To Do?
Our externships are customized towards areas our externs want to grow their skill set. For example, if an extern has a strong interest in surgery we can schedule them in surgery with one of our veterinarians Monday-Friday. In the past, we have had externs perform canine/feline OVHs and castrations, rabbit OVH/Castration, dental procedures on dogs/cats/exotics, laceration repairs, tumor removals, limb amputations (including exotic pets), wound management/debridement, tail amputations, enucleations, cystotomy’s, foreign body exploratory surgery, biopsies, etc…
Externs are paired with a veterinarian each day and work through the cases those veterinarians are assigned each day. Externs are responsible for assisting veterinarians with their case research, examining the patients, collecting diagnostics, and interpreting those diagnostics with their assigned veterinarian. The goal is to provide externs with experience in developing treatment plans and effectively communicating these treatment plans with owners. In addition, exotic pet husbandry is extremely important in managing their health and externs will be involved in educating clients on husbandry recommendations for the exotic pets we treat.
Typically, our externs are scheduled Mon-Fri from 8-5 pm. These times can be varied if needed for travel or for special circumstances.
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