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Externship for Veterinary Student

Thank you for your interest in an externship at Elko Veterinary Clinic. Please take a few moments to read the following.

Here at Elko Veterinary Clinic we love to teach eager and friendly people. We offer our extern program to students who want to learn. We give vet students the opportunity to work with either the small animal or large animal veterinarians. The small animal species breakdown: 85% canine, and 14% feline, 1% Exotics. The large animal species breakdown: 77% equine, 14% bovine, 7% Caprine, and the remaining 3% is mixed between Porcine, ovine and camelids.

Some of our guidelines/useful information:

  • We expect you to be actively learning while at Elko Veterinary Clinic to allow you to get the best out of your time here.
  • Must be currently enrolled in Veterinary School.
  • You must carry your own professional liability insurance either through your school or through the AVMA. Proof of insurance is required.
  • Handling animals is up the veterinarian. You will be involved as is appropriate, but hands-on is not guaranteed.
  • If you are externing with the large animal veterinarians, expect to be in the field all day.
    • Bring water to drink and pack lunch. Also come prepared for the different weather conditions (hot or cold).
  • You will be required to sign a waiver.
  • Pictures are not permitted at any time.
  • In the event of an emergency, we do ask that you stand back out of the way.
  • Stand back when watching our veterinarians work. Anything can happen during an exam and they need space to react.
  • No questions in front of the clients. The doctor’s will be happy to answer questions after the appointment is completed.
  • If large animal is slow we expect students to jump in and work with the small animal veterinarians and vice versa. Winter is normally slower for large animal.
  • As a veterinary student you are expected to arrive first thing in the morning and stay until everything has been completed. Approximately 7:00am-6pm. We are open for regular appointments Monday-Sunday 7am-6pm.
  • Come prepared! We expect you to look ahead at the appointment schedule and come prepared for appointments and surgeries.
  • Attire: Small Animal: Business casual or scrub top with nice dark jeans or khaki pants and closed toed shoes. Large Animal: Clean scrub top/polo shirt, nice clean jeans, and closed toed shoes/boots.
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