Standiford Veterinary Center is seeking 3rd and 4th year students looking for an in-depth practice experience. We offer 2-, 3-, and 4-week program to help jump start your experience in a busy small animal practice.
The externship is a “hands on” experience. Students can expect to perform spay/neuters during their externship on local animal shelter/rescue patients being placed for adoption.
Students will perform routine dental prophylaxis and receive instruction on surgical extraction of teeth. Externs will learn how to take bisecting angle dental x-rays to facilitate maximum tooth root evaluation pre and post extraction or if additional evaluation is needed. They will also gain experience in Dental CT imagining.
The hospital routinely performs multiple ultrasound exams on a daily basis with most urinalysis obtained by ultrasound guided cystocentesis. Externs will learn basic knobology, fundamentals of an abdominal exam, AFAST/TFAST and proper technique for cystocentesis, FNA, and tru-cut needle biopsy collection
Students will have opportunity to assist and participate in a variety of soft tissue and orthopedic surgeries.
Students will get an opportunity to assist in CT scans and interpretation.
The hospital is equipped with rigid and flexible endoscopy and perform multiple minimal invasive surgical procedures week. Such as stifle arthroscopy, laparoscopic OVE, laparoscopic gastropexy, laparoscopic assisted cryptorchidectomy, laparoscopic assisted cystotomy, etc. Externs with learn basic laparoscopic instrumentation and assist in laparoscopic OVE’s.
A full in-house laboratory, use of cytology, patient bedside testing along with use of a reference laboratory is used to maximize diagnosis. Students will be given opportunity to review lab work for interpretation and formulation of medical plan
Standiford and Sylvan hospitals are busy small animal practices made up of 17 doctors and over 25 well-trained Registered Veterinary Technicians on staff who will help give students “hands on” technical training.
Physical therapy is an important component in post-operative recovery of orthopedic cases. Underwater treadmill, dog jogger, soft tissue ultrasound, electrical stimulation, cold laser and massage therapy are all components utilized at Sylvan Veterinary Hospital on recovery.
Sylvan Veterinary Hospital and Standiford Veterinary Center staff are Fear Free trained in low stress handling of dogs and cats. Various Fear Free techniques are employed for patient handling throughout the hospital, and externs will get an opportunity to learn these techniques to improve their skill in low stress patient handling.
All students are expected to participate in weekly radiology rounds, radiographs and CT cases of the previous week will be reviewed and discussed.
Each student will be assigned medical cases weekly to work through rule outs, diagnostics, and case management plans.
Students will learn techniques to maximize the client experience, 3 steps to five-star client service; 8 steps for exam room excellence; how to talk money; the disgruntle client. Discussions can also be held on personal finance, avoidance of professional burnout/compassion fatigue. Business management practices, effective use of team leverage, importance of communication (verbal and non-verbal) and being a team player.
Standiford Veterinary Center and its sister hospital have been accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association for over 20 years.
We provide 24-hour emergency services for our county and exposure to emergency medicine is available for any externs that would like an emergency medicine experience.
Students will receive a study guide based on the length of their externships 2 or 4 weeks and some required reading will be asked of the students.
A minimum 40 hour a week commitment is expected. Housing is available for Students if needed.
This is an excellent opportunity for any student looking for hands on training in a high-quality, GP/ER hybrid practice in a learning environment meant to jump start their career as successful practice ready doctors.
3rd and 4th year veterinary students in good standing