Paid Externship Wellness and Preventive Care [multiple US locations]
Required Education: Some College
Salary: $2000.00 stipend / externship
6 openings available.
PetIQ believes that all pet parents should be able to provide necessary care for their pets. Our goal is to reach more pets that have not had access to care, so we meet pet parents with the preventive veterinary care they need for their pets where and when they need it. In this externship you will be conducting physical exams, managing minor illness case workup and treatment plans, and educating pet parents on the importance of preventive veterinary care. We believe in transparent, honest communication and doing what’s right for pets, pet parents, our colleagues and partners.
We are looking for dedicated and compassionate veterinary students to gain hands-on experience in preventive and wellness care at our Wellness Centers under the mentorship and supervision of our employee veterinarians.
Our Wellness Center Teams provide high quality preventive and wellness pet care services including minor medical case management including GI, Urinary, Skin, Eye and Ear minor illness case workup and treatment plans, wellness exams, diagnostic testing, vaccinations, preventive care education and treatments, microchipping and nail trims.
Externships are 2 weeks in duration. Externs must be currently enrolled in a veterinary degree program during their scheduled externships. Work hours are typically Tuesday-Friday 10:30am – 7:30pm and Saturday 8:30am-3:30pm but may vary. Students should provide their own transportation to and from the clinic. We follow all local and federal regulations as well as CDC-recommended COVID 19 guidelines.
Under the supervision of the employee veterinarian:
Evaluation and management of minor illnesses in cats and dogs: physical exam, diagnostics and treatment for GI, Urinary, Skin, Eye and Ear minor medical conditions
Perform physical and wellness examinations, blood draws for diagnostic tests, administer vaccinations, nail trims and place microchips
Consult with pet owners on specific nutrition, preventive healthcare and general care recommendations based on individual needs.
Demonstrate the ability to design appropriate pet care recommendations for each patient including referral communications and procedures
Develop and demonstrate positive clinic team communication and working relationships
Maintain relevant, comprehensive medical records
Learn and understand PetIQ medical standards and ethical practices
Understand clinic operations standards and inspection requirements
Attend staff training meetings
Other duties or functions as assigned
Knowledge of physical exam components for dogs and cats
Understanding of minor medical conditions (GI, Urinary, Skin, Eye and Ear)
Understanding of vaccine protocols, heartworm disease and prevention in both cats and dogs, flea and tick risks and control
Good record keeping skills and ability to manage patient records according to relevant guidelines.
Strong interpersonal skills
Strong organizational, problem-solving, and analytical skills
We Are Advocates for Pet Parents
We believe that all pet parents should be able to provide necessary care that enhances the lives of their pets and their human-aminal bond. That starts by educating pet parents on the importance of preventive veterinary care—and by giving pet parents convenient access to affordable veterinary services and a broad portfolio of pet health and wellness products to keep their pets happy and healthy all year long.