Veterinary Student Externship Program
Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League offers veterinary students an experience that introduces them to high-volume high-quality spay/neuter. A mentor doctor is assigned to each participant. Course work includes hands-on medical and surgical experience including patient assessment and selection, patient preparation, sterile surgical technique, record keeping, anesthetic and pain management protocol and patient monitoring and support.
We provide free and low cost spay/neuter services to healthy canines and felines (including feral cats brought in for TNVR) that are good surgical candidates. We have a state of the art 15,000 square foot surgical suite and typically have two surgeons and support staff performing 70 spay/neuter surgeries Monday through Friday.
Shelter Medicine Rotation
Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League is a limited admission shelter providing care to 500 cats and dogs on average each day in the facility, and 300 to 400 in foster care.
During a shelter medicine externship, most of a student’s time will be working with a veterinarian in the shelter, but some time will be spent with technicians, kennel staff and client services staff to gain a full appreciation of the wide range of shelter activities. The student will participate in rounds with a veterinarian on most days. Externs will also assist in the vaccine clinic.
Desired Applicant Qualifications
- Veterinary student enrolled in the third or fourth year of veterinary school.
- Ability to lift 40 pounds.
- Ability to follow clinic and shelter protocols and maintain accurate records.
- Ability to work well with staff, volunteers and the general public.
Terms of Externship:
- A two to three week commitment is required, with a Monday through Friday schedule. There is no emergency duty.
- Students must provide their own transportation and housing.
- Students must be in good standing at an accredited veterinary school.
Application and Instructions
- Complete the application.
- A letter of intent describing your career goals and reasons for wanting to participate in the externship program at Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League should be uploaded when the application is submitted.