Veterinary Student Externship
The main purpose of the two week veterinary student externship program is to give veterinary students the opportunity to work in an animal shelter environment and experience the problems of pet overpopulation first-hand. From an Animal Services’ perspective, our objectives for the externship are as follows:
- Demonstrate the role of a veterinarian in animal service operations.
- Promote a cooperative relationship between veterinarians and Animal Services.
- Provide insight into the reality and severity of pet overpopulation.
Expose future veterinarians to common problems faced by animal service agencies.
- Teach the basics of “herd health” as they relate to sheltered animals to include husbandry, principals of vaccination, and facility construction.
- Teach sound surgical techniques that can be used in high volume spay and neuter settings (to include juvenile spay and neuter procedures).
Encourage future veterinarians to be part of the solution to pet overpopulation.
In order to provide the most complete view of the animal shelter, students will participate in as many shelter operations as possible.
- Laboratory work and health examinations on adoptable animals
- Treatment of sick, injured stray or adopted animals
- Spay/neuter surgery and surgery preparation, including early spay/neuter procedures
- Accompany Animal Control Officers enforcement on the road
- Licensing procedures
- Animal bite investigation procedures
For the Veterinary Student Externship - Contact Shelter Veterinarian or phone (727) 582-2625
As part of their curriculum, veterinary technician students are required to obtain work experience at a shelter – usually at least 16 hours. During that period the student will receive supervised training on shelter technician duties.
Some of the tasks covered during the training period include:
- Presurgical physical examinations
- Subcutaneous, intramuscular and intravenous injections
- Endotracheal intubation
- Proper drug dosing and administration
- Anesthesia and post-surgical monitoring
- Basic grooming (nail clipping, ear cleaning)
- Basic laboratory procedures
- Infection control procedures
For the Veterinary Technician Externship - Contact the Vet Tech Hotline at 727-582-2633 or e-mail.
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