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Veterinary Externship Program

Hands-on Learning in a State of the Art Facility


Enthusiastic, dedicated, and hardworking 4th year students who wish to gain significant surgical, shelter medicine experience. Students must be attending an AVMA accredited School. Externships are limited to one student at a time.


To provide a 4th year veterinary student with the opportunity and training to become proficient and confident at performing high quality spays and neuters. Typical students will finish the externship having completed 20-25 spay/neuters, as well as assisted doctors in several orthopedic/soft tissue surgeries. Students will become familiar with and understand the aspects of successfully operating a shelter facility including: intake protocols, animal housing, infectious disease control, and medical management in a shelter. Students will also participate with staff doctors in working up client owned patients through our full service veterinary care center.

Housing: No Charge, provided by Board member.
Transportation: Must have own transportation.
Recommendation: Keep a surgery and case log throughout externship.

Equipment: Stethoscope, penlight.



Monday – Friday 7:45 am – 5 pm, Saturday 8 am - noon. Students will work 5 days/week, schedule can be arranged to accommodate travel. There is a one hour lunch break during weekdays.


  1. On time, dressed in clean surgical attire, and prepared for each day.
  2. Performing safe and efficient spay/neuter surgery.

  3. Safely induce patients for surgery following established anesthetic protocols, including IV catheritzations and tracheal intubation.

  4. Work up clinical and shelter patients alongside doctors and develop diagnostic and therapeutic treatment plans.

  5. Perform medical treatments of hospitalized patients.

  6. Understanding concepts and control of homeless pet population management.

  7. Recognizing common infectious diseases and understand outbreak avoidance/management in a shelter setting.

  8. Behavioral evaluations –participate with the Director of Enrichment and Training to evaluate new animal intakes for adoption criteria.

  9. Exposure to public education programs meant to help the community understand issues related to homeless pets, sheltering, and the need for veterinary care.

  10. Presentation of a case to staff and veterinarians.


Send us an email with your interest and qualifications and

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