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					                                Association of Shelter Veterinarians
                             Shelter Medicine Externship Opportunities
                                      For Veterinary Students

Table of contents:

  Arizona ............................................................................................................................................. 2 
    Humane Society of Southern Arizona .......................................................................................... 2 
  California ......................................................................................................................................... 3 
    Pasadena Humane Society ........................................................................................................... 3 
    Escondido Humane Society.......................................................................................................... 4 
    Noble Veterinary Clinic ............................................................................................................... 5 
    City of Sacramento Animal Care Services ................................................................................... 6 
    UC Davis Shelter Medicine Program .......................................................................................... 7 
  Colorado .......................................................................................................................................... 8 
    Humane Society Boulder Valley .................................................................................................. 8 
  Florida ............................................................................................................................................. 9 
    Hillsborough County Animal Services ......................................................................................... 9 
    City of Tallahassee Animal Services .......................................................................................... 10 
  Massachusetts ................................................................................................................................ 11 
    Animal Shelter Inc.,.................................................................................................................... 11 
  Michigan ........................................................................................................................................ 12 
    Michigan Humane Society ......................................................................................................... 12 
  Mississippi...................................................................................................................................... 13 
    Humane Society of South Mississippi ........................................................................................ 13 
  Nebraska ........................................................................................................................................ 14 
    Nebraska Humane Society ......................................................................................................... 14 
  New York ........................................................................................................................................ 16 
    Animal Care and Control of New York ...................................................................................... 16 
    ASPCA........................................................................................................................................ 17 
  Ohio................................................................................................................................................ 18 
    Geauga Humane Society/Rescue Village ................................................................................... 18 
  Tennessee ....................................................................................................................................... 19 
    Young-Williams Animal Center ................................................................................................. 19 
  Texas .............................................................................................................................................. 20 
    EmanciPET Spay/Neuter Clinic ................................................................................................. 20 
  Virginia .......................................................................................................................................... 21 
    Angels of Assisi .......................................................................................................................... 21 
    Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA ............................................................................................... 22 
    Richmond SPCA ......................................................................................................................... 23 
  Washington .................................................................................................................................... 24 
    The Humane Society for Seattle/King County, Seattle/Bellevue................................................ 24 
    Progressive Animal Welfare Society, West Lynnwood .............................................................. 25 
  Winnipeg, MB ................................................................................................................................ 26 
    The Winnipeg Humane Society .................................................................................................. 26 
Template for Student Programs ......................................................................................................... 27 
Arizona
Humane Society of Southern Arizona
Contact information
      Karter B. Neal, DVM
      kneal@hssaz.org or 520-321-3704 ext 176

Organization address
      Humane Society of Southern Arizona, 3450 North Kelvin Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85716

Description of facility
       Non-Profit serving southern part of state. Our shelter takes in approx 15,000 a year, open
       admission.....staff of 85, very progressive humane society with high quality care.

Predominant species
      Dog/ Cat and some small mammals and birds

Minimum length of externship
      By arrangement and skill, usually 1-2 weeks

Eligibility (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th year veterinary students)
        4th year preferred

Experience offered:
       Animal Control? No
       Animal Shelter? Yes
       Animal Adoption? Yes
       Animal Advocacy? Yes
       Medical Rounds? Yes
       Humane Education? Yes
       Surgery? Yes
       Behavior/Training? Yes
       Forensics? Yes
       Animal Cruelty Investigation? Yes

Project required? No
Teaching requirement? No
Housing available? By arrangement
Stipend available? No

Comments
     High emphasis on spay/neuter and shelter round cases....potential exists for cruelty and
     forensics if need arises.




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California
Pasadena Humane Society
Contact information
      Susy Horowitz, DVM
      vet@phsspca.org or 626-792-7151 x 105

Organization address
      Pasadena Humane Society, 361 South Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91107

Description of facility
       Private, non-profit open admission shelter just north of Los Angeles, CA

Predominant species
      Primarily small animals but all species have turned up

Minimum length of externship
      No minimum - one day to all summer

Eligibility (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th year veterinary students)
        All welcome

Experience offered:
       Animal Control? Yes
       Animal Shelter? Yes
       Animal Adoption? Yes
       Animal Advocacy? probably not
       Medical Rounds? Yes, informal
       Humane Education? Yes
       Surgery? Yes
       Behavior/Training? Yes
       Forensics? Yes
       Animal Cruelty Investigation? Yes

Project required? No
Teaching requirement? No
Housing available? No
Stipend available? No




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Escondido Humane Society
Contact information
      Robert E. Wishner, DVM, Director of Veterinary Services
      robertw@escondidohumanesociety.org (760) 888-2220

Organization address
      Escondido Humane Society, 3450 East Valley Parkway, Escondido, California 92027

Facility Description
        We are an open admission private non-profit shelter with animal control contracts with three
        nearby cities. Our yearly intake is approximately 7,000 total animals, the second largest in
        San Diego County.

Predominant species
      Dogs and cats equally with small percentage of birds, reptiles, lagomorphs and rodents.

Minimum length of externship:
      Two weeks

Eligibility
        Junior and senior veterinary students

Prerequisites
      Completed volunteer application, two professional letters of recommendation, volunteer
      orientation class

Experience offered:
       Animal Control? Yes
       Animal Shelter? Yes
       Animal Adoption? Yes
       Medical Rounds? Yes, preventive medicine, epidemiology, and clinical medicine
       Humane Education? Yes
       Surgery? Yes
       Behavior/Training? Yes
       Forensics? Occasionally
       Animal Cruelty Investigation? Occasionally

Project required? Yes, one-hour noontime staff presentation on topic of choice
Teaching requirement? Yes, one-hour noontime staff presentation on topic of choice
Housing available? May be made available in the community
Stipend available? No

Comments
     We look forward to having veterinary student externs rotate through our facility, as we are
     very proud of what we are building here. We have new facilities and a very dedicated and
     forward thinking staff that can provide an excellent learning experience for interested
     students.
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Noble Veterinary Clinic
Contact information
      Dr. Carl Singer, 510-537-3292, email singervet@hotmail.com

Organization address
      Noble Veterinary Clinic, 36 Barnes CT, Hayward, CA 94544

Description of facility
       2 ½ Doctor, small animal, private practice with adjoining shelter. Association with other
       nearby municipal shelter and specialty practice.

Predominant species
      Canine, feline, and more than average number of exotic species.

Minimum length of externship
      Any length of visit OK

Eligibility (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th year veterinary students)
        All student levels encouraged to join us

Experience offered:
       Animal Control? Yes
       Animal Shelter? Yes
       Animal Adoption? Yes
       Medical Rounds? Yes
       Humane Education? Yes
       Surgery? Yes
       Behavior/Training? Yes
       Forensics? Little
       Animal Cruelty Investigation? Little

Project required? No
Teaching requirement? externships two weeks or longer require a staff education presentation
Housing available? Yes, apartment over the clinic is available
Stipend available? No, but can be hired as a technician for extended stay during the summer

Comments
     We have had numerous individuals from all over the world spend time with us
     from 1 week to a few months including a doctor who was hired directly from
     an externship. We enjoy teaching and like to share each others knowledge.
     This is by no means a watch-and-learn place but one where you are expected
     to help out and think! One will do more things with us than they do at most
     other externships based on feedback we have received. Subsidized rescue work
     means that students are allowed to do a fair amount of work for pets who
     would not otherwise be treated.



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City of Sacramento Animal Care Services
Contact information
        Dr. Laura Warner, 916-808-4734 (office), 916-730-7484 (cell),
        lwarner@cityofsacramento.org

Organization address
      City of Sacramento Animal Care Services, 2127 Front Street, Sacramento, Ca 95818

Description of facility
       Municipal shelter, open admission, 12,000 intake per year.

Predominant species
      Dogs, cats, rabbits, some rats, mice and other small mammals

Minimum length of externship
      one week

Eligibility (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th year veterinary students)
        all

Experience offered:
       Animal Control? Yes, can ride with an officer if she/he wants
       Animal Shelter? Yes
       Animal Adoption? Yes
       Animal Advocacy? Yes
       Medical Rounds? Yes, provide health care for shelter and foster animals
       Humane Education? Some
       Surgery? Yes, spay/neuter of dogs, cats, rabbits, both adult and prepubital
       Behavior/Training? Some
       Forensics? Yes
       Animal Cruelty Investigation? Yes, exams and reports

Project required? No
Teaching requirement? No
Housing available? No
Stipend available? No

Comments
     I attend Shelter medicine rounds at UC Davis every week and any student is welcome to
     attend.




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UC Davis Shelter Medicine Program
Contact information
      Dr. Kate Hurley kfhurley@ucdavis.edu

Organization address
      UC Davis Shelter Medicine Program
      UC Davis, Davis California

Description of facility
       Multiple public and private shelters

Predominant species
      Primarily cats and dogs

Minimum length of externship
      Two weeks

Eligibility (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th year veterinary students)
        All years considered

Experience offered:
       Animal Control? Yes
       Animal Shelter? Yes
       Animal Adoption? Yes
       Animal Advocacy? Possible
       Medical Rounds? Yes
       Humane Education? Possible
       Surgery? No
       Behavior/Training? Yes
       Forensics? Variable
       Animal Cruelty Investigation? Variable
       Somewhat possible to tailor to student interest; this is not a typical shelter externship, as the
       student will spend time at multiple shelters.

Project required? Yes
Teaching requirement? No
Housing available? No
Stipend available? No

Comments
      The student will spend time in all areas of the shelter, including observation of animal
     relinquishment and adoption, field services, behavior programs and animal care functions.
     The student will accompany Shelter Medicine Program personnel on shelter visits for the
     purposes of consultation, outbreak investigation, training or other special projects as
     available. The student will be exposed to a variety of shelters. The student will participate in
     weekly Shelter Medicine Rounds while on this rotation. Must arrange with UC Davis
     Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital.
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Colorado
Humane Society Boulder Valley
Contact information
      Lesli Groshong, DVM lesli.groshong@boulderhumane.org (303) 442-4030 ext 671

Organization address
      2323 55th Street, Boulder, CO 80301                         www.boulderhumane.org

Description of facility
Non-profit, open-admission shelter with contracts serving 7 communities and the county. In 2007,
HSBV achieved an 88% Live Release Rate of the over 8,000 animals that entered our facility
including 2,300 dogs transferred in from shelters in surrounding communities.

Predominant species: dogs, cats, rabbits, small mammals

Minimum length of externship:               2 to 3 weeks

Eligibility:     1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th year (only 3rd, 4th year can perform surgery)

Experience offered:
       Animal Control? Yes
       Animal Shelter? Yes
       Animal Adoption? Yes
       Medical Rounds? Yes
       Humane Education? Yes
       Surgery? Yes
       Behavior/Training? Yes
       Forensics? Little
       Animal Cruelty Investigation? Yes

Project required? No
Teaching requirement? No
Housing available? possible—usually ask volunteers or check Craig’s List
Stipend available? No

Comments: The HSBV Veterinary Clinic is a full service veterinary clinic with 5 staff veterinarians
who provide medical and surgical services to pet guardians in the community, low-cost spay/neuter
and oversee the veterinary care of animals in the shelter. Two weeks will focus on the processes
around impoundment and adoption of companion animals, providing students the opportunity to
hone physical exam skills, learn about behavior evaluation and disease control in the shelter
environment. Practices will include treatment and vaccination of shelter animals, physical exams,
behavior assessment, involvement in adoption counseling, overview of animal control services in
our community with an Animal Care and Control Officer, euthanasia, and didactic information in
print and video. The third week is in the veterinary clinic where students perform sterilization
surgery and other general care for shelter animals. The three weeks do not have to be consecutive.



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Florida
Hillsborough County Animal Services
Contact information
       Dr Lisa Centonze, email: centonzel@hillsboroughcounty.org

Organization address
      Hillsborough County Animal Services, 440 Falkenburg road, Tampa, Florida, 33619

Facility description
        Open admission county shelter, over 36 000 animals impounded yearly

Predominant species
      Mostly dogs and cats, few exotics

Minimum length of externship
      Flexible length but 2 weeks is recommended

Eligibility (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th year veterinary students)
        Vet student as early as the summer of their last year, *Phone interview required*

Experience offered:
       Animal Control? Yes, one day with animal control officer on the road
       Animal Shelter? Yes
       Animal Adoption? Yes
       Surgery? Yes, with supervision
       Animal Cruelty Investigation? Yes, one day with investigator on the road

Project required? Not at this time; reading homework every night
Teaching requirement? Not at this time
Housing available? No
Stipend available? No

Comments
     Spend time in all areas of shelter; including intake, medical, surgery, and animal control.
     Very busy, high euthanasia numbers




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City of Tallahassee Animal Services

Contact information
      Dr. Rachel Reeves; tel: 850.891.2980; e-mail: rachel.reeves@talgov.com

Organization address
      1125 Easterwood Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32311

Description of facility
       The Tallahassee Animal Service Center is a regional animal shelter owned by the City of
       Tallahassee, but serves the surrounding community. Our facility is an open-admission
       facility and took in over 10,000 animals in 2007.

Predominant species
      Canine and Feline

Minimum length of externship
      2 weeks minimum recommended, but we are flexible.

Eligibility
        3rd and 4th year veterinary students

Experience offered:
       Animal Control? Yes
       Animal Shelter? Yes
       Animal Adoption? Yes
       Medical Rounds? Yes
       Humane Education? Yes
       Surgery? Yes
       Behavior/Training? No
       Forensics? No
       Animal Cruelty Investigation? No

Project required? No
Teaching requirement? No
Housing available? Yes
Stipend available? No

Comments: The veterinary team assesses and treats all sick and injured animals that enter the
facility. In addition to the urgent and emergent medical care provided to the animals, the veterinary
team is responsible for surgical sterilization of all adoptable animals. Surgery is performed on-site
in our new surgical suite. Externs will be involved in animal diagnostics, treatment and surgery,
shelter policy and procedure development, and community outreach activities as they arise during
the time of the externship. We work closely with the City of Tallahassee Animal Control and the
Leon County Animal Control. Student externs will have the option of spending time in the field
with Animal Control Officers



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Massachusetts
Animal Shelter Inc.
Contact information
      Dr. Rachel K. Francis, rachelfrancis@sterlingshelter.org or 978-422-8449

Organization address
      Animal Shelter Inc., 17 Laurelwood Road, Sterling, MA 01564

Description of facility
       Non-profit, closed admission 4,000/year, on site veterinary facility with full time veterinary
       staff. 100% s/n compliance.

Predominant species
      cats, dogs, bunnies

Minimum length of externship
      2 weeks

Eligibility
        all years welcome, only 4th years perform surgeries.

Experience offered:
       Animal Control? No
       Animal Shelter? Yes
       Animal Adoption? No
       Animal Advocacy? Yes
       Medical Rounds? Yes
       Humane Education? Yes
       Surgery? Yes!, lots
       Behavior/Training? Yes
       Forensics? No
       Animal Cruelty Investigation? No

Project required? No
Teaching requirement? No
Housing available? Not yet, we are working on it.
Stipend available? No

Comments
     We have had only Tufts students but welcome all veterinary students as well as veterinarians
     and technicians who are interested in shelter experience. Please visit our website at
     sterlingshelter.org




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Michigan
Michigan Humane Society

Contact information
      Dr. Robert Fisher: rfisher@michiganhumane.org (248)-283-1000

Organization address
30300 Telegraph Road Suite 220, Bingham Farms, Michigan 48025

Description of facility
       We have 3 full service veterinary clinics along with our 3 shelters. We have one in Detroit,
       one in Westland and one in Rochester Hills.

Predominant species
      Small animals with some exotics at our Rochester Hills facility

Minimum length of externship
      2 weeks

Eligibility
        We have usually taken 3rd and 4th years students but are going to have two 2nd year students
        this summer.

Experience offered
       We offer experience in general veterinary medicine and surgical experience for 4th year
       students. The veterinary aspect involves private practice paying clients and indigent clients.
       The shelter work involves evaluation of shelter animals both medical and behavioral with
       experience in developing cruelty cases if they are presented during the students stay. For 3rd
       and 4th year students we offer the opportunity to ride along with the cruelty investigators.

        Animal Control? - No
        Animal Shelter? - Yes
        Animal Adoption? Yes
        Medical Rounds? - Yes
        Humane Education? - Yes
        Surgery? Yes for 4th year students
        Behavior/Training? - Yes
        Forensics? - Yes
        Animal Cruelty Investigation? - Yes

Project required? – Not at this time.
Teaching requirement? - No
Housing available? – Limited housing at a reasonable rate at employee’s home
Stipend available? - No




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Mississippi
Humane Society of South Mississippi

Contact information
      Dr. Jenny Morris, email vet@hssm.org, phone 228.863.8610 ext. 132

Organization address
      2615 25th Avenue, Gulfport, MS 39501                     www.hssm.org

Description of facility
       Open admission shelter (~16-17,000 animals/year) and high volume spay/neuter facility
       (~60-70 surgeries daily, 2 veterinarians)

Predominant species
      50% dogs, 50% cats, few rabbits/pocket pets

Minimum length of externship
      2 weeks, up to 4-6 weeks if desired, Monday through Friday

Eligibility (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th year veterinary students)
        All vet students welcomed, only 4th year students eligible to perform surgery (supervised)

Experience offered:
       Animal Control? Yes
       Animal Shelter? Yes
       Animal Adoption? Yes
       Medical Rounds? Yes
       Humane Education? Yes
       Surgery? Yes
       Behavior/Training? Not at this time, coming soon
       Forensics? No
       Animal Cruelty Investigation? No

Project required? No
Teaching requirement? No
Housing available? Yes, if needed
Stipend available? No

Comments:
Each day is divided between high volume spay/neuter surgery limited to shelter owned animals
(externs only) and medical rounds/treatments. We are fortunate to have a beautiful facility and the
opportunity to do more involved surgeries as needed for shelter animals (amputation, some
orthopedics, wound care, ophthalmologic procedures, etc.)




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Nebraska
Nebraska Humane Society

Contact information
      Renee Pohlmann, DVM rpohlmann@nehumanesociety.org (402) 444-7800, ext. 279

Organization address
      8929 Fort Street, Omaha, NE 68134

Description of facility
       NHS is an open admission, private, non-profit shelter with an animal control contract for the
       entire Omaha metropolitan area. Our yearly intake is approximately 30,000 total animals.
       The medical/surgical staff consists of 3 full-time staff veterinarians and 8 full-time licensed
       veterinary technicians. Our shelter veterinarians are responsible for population animal
       health; individual animal health; spay/neuter surgeries for shelter animals and feral cats;
       non-elective surgeries and dentals for shelter animals; medical examinations, reports, and
       testimony for animal cruelty cases; and educating staff, volunteers, adopters, students, etc.
       regarding shelter medical issues.

Predominant species
      Cats and dogs but also a few small mammals, birds, reptiles, wildlife, and farm animals

Minimum length of externship
      2 weeks

Eligibility
        Our extern program is designed for 4th-year veterinary students but we will consider
        underclassmen that are exceptional students and have a strong interest in shelter medicine.

Experience offered
Animal Control? Yes
Animal Shelter? Yes
Animal Adoption? Possible
Medical Rounds? Yes
Humane Education? Possible
Surgery? Yes, 4th year only
Behavior/Training? Yes
Forensics? Yes
Animal Cruelty Investigation? Yes

Project required? No
Teaching requirement? No
Housing available? Yes
Stipend available? No




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Nebraska Humane Society Cont.

Comments:
        NHS has had a veterinary student extern program for several years but the program has been
reorganized to provide a more extensive shelter medicine experience. Externs are scheduled
Monday through Friday but are welcome to participate on Saturdays, as well. Students will begin
each day by helping the technicians with treatment rounds. They will then perform their own
spay/neuter surgeries under the supervision of the shelter veterinarians until the surgery list is
completed for the day. After a lunch break, students will then spend their afternoons rotating
throughout different areas of the shelter.
        We do have dorm-style housing onsite that is currently available for $100 per week. We
may also have a temporary paid position available for veterinary students to work at the shelter
during the summer.
        Students need to apply directly to NHS to be accepted into our externship program. To
apply, please submit a completed application form, resume or curriculum vitae, and a letter of
intent. In your letter of intent, indicate why you are interested in this externship; any special
interests you have in shelter medicine, what knowledge, skills, and/or experiences you hope to gain;
and your future career goals.
        Please contact us (email preferred) if you have any questions or to obtain an application
form.




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New York
Animal Care and Control of New York

Contact information Hollis Ann Stewart, DVM stewartvet@gmail.com

Description of facility
       www.nycacc.org Manhattan, Brooklyn or Staten Island shelters. We prefer that the extern
       spend the majority of the time at one shelter. Day visits to other shelters are possible.

Predominant species
      Cats, dogs, and rabbits. Exotics, livestock and occasional wildlife do come through

Minimum length of externship
      2 weeks

Eligibility (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th year veterinary students)
        We prefer veterinary students in the third or fourth year, but will consider others based on
        experience.

Experience offered
       Animal Control? Yes
       Animal Shelter? Yes
       Animal Adoption? Yes
       Medical Rounds? No formal rounds
       Humane Education? Not formal
       Surgery? Depends on staff veterinarian and student experience.
       Behavior/Training? Yes
       Forensics? No
       Animal Cruelty Investigation? Yes

Project required? Yes – student must make one positive improvement to the shelter
Teaching requirement? Nno
Housing available? No
Stipend available? $50 a week.

Comments:
Students will rotate through our medical department, animal placement and behavior staff. If interested, externs may also ride with
our rescue drivers, go to the mobile spay neuter van and to adoption drives. There may also be an opportunity to do media events.
The extern will also assist with treatments, triage of animals and evaluating cases. The duties of the extern will be determined by the
limitations of the individual.

We are seeking independent, highly motivated, hard-working, non-complaining individuals. We are a high-intake kill shelter. Those
that are sensitive to this matter need not apply. The shelter is open 24/7. The intern is expected to work 40 hours a week, one
weekend day and some evening work will be required, but the weekly schedule is flexible.

How to apply
Please write a letter of interest and include two letters of reference, one from a professor and one from a veterinarian that knows you
skills. Proof of veterinary liability insurance, health insurance and rabies vaccine must be included with your application. Please
indicate three different time slots which you are available. And email your application to stewartvet@gmail.com. Please write VET
EXTERN in subject heading. Please feel free to email if you have any questions.


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ASPCA

Contact information
      Dr. Lila Miller, 212-876-7700 ext 4342, lilam@aspca.org

Organization address
      424 East 92nd Street, New York, NY 10128-6801

Description of facility
       http://www.aspca.org/

Predominant species
      Cats and dogs

Minimum length of externship
      2 weeks

Eligibility (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th year veterinary students)

Experience offered:
       Animal Control? Yes
       Animal Shelter? Yes
       Animal Adoption? Yes
       Medical Rounds? Yes
       Humane Education? Yes
       Surgery? No
       Behavior/Training? Yes
       Forensics? Yes
       Animal Cruelty Investigation? Yes

Project required? No
Teaching requirement? No
Housing available? No
Stipend available? No

Comments
     Students rotate through our hospital, animal placement and behavior center. They
     also go to the mobile spay neuter van and to the local animal care and control center.




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Ohio
Geauga Humane Society/Rescue Village

Contact information
      Dr. Megan Volpe, 440.338.4819

Organization address
      Geauga Humane Society/Rescue Village, 15463 Chillicothe Rd., Novelty, OH 44072

Description of facility
       Privately funded, non-profit, limited admission, unlimited stay, ~2,100 animals admitted in
       2005

Predominant species
      cat/dog, although we do have a new barn to accommodate farm animals which have been
      abused or neglected

Minimum length of externship
      1 week

Eligibility (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th year veterinary students)
        any year

Experience offered:
       Animal Control? not at our facility, but could probably be arranged
       Animal Shelter? Yes
       Animal Adoption? Yes
       Medical Rounds? Yes, on M, W, F
       Humane Education? Yes
       Surgery? Yes
       Behavior/Training? Yes
       Forensics? Limited
       Animal Cruelty Investigation? Yes

Project required? No
Teaching requirement? No
Housing available? No
Stipend available? No

Comments
     All of us at Rescue Village enjoy having students.




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Tennessee
Young-Williams Animal Center
Contact information
      Lisa M. Chassy DVM MS

Organization address
      Young-Williams Animal Center, 3201 Division St.; Knoxville TN 37909

Description of facility
       21,000 square ft. open admission shelter, housing 17,000 animals a year.

Predominant species
      dogs & cats (in that order) moderate # rabbits.

Minimum length of externship
      2 weeks for 4th year students

Eligibility (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th year veterinary students)
        Right now we focus on 4th year, but other years are eligible to apply. Ability to do surgery
        will be based upon prior experience.

Experience offered:
       Animal Control? Yes (not core portion)
       Animal Shelter? Yes
       Animal Adoption? Yes
       Medical Rounds? Yes, informal
       Humane Education? We have humane educator on staff, not core portion of program
       Surgery? Yes: externs do tons of adopted animal neuters, they also do pre-adoption spays on
       dogs & cats. Surgery experience would depend upon the extern's level in school.
       Behavior/Training? SAFER testing done in house
       Forensics? as needed, not formal portion
       Animal Cruelty Investigation? could probably pursue with animal control if desired

Project required? not yet, but might be developed
Teaching requirement? no
Housing available? possible thru local vet school, student would have to arrange (but contacts
would be provided) also rental would be possible
Stipend available? not currently

Comments
     I am trying to formalize & develop this externship. Extern does a lot of treatments, is
     involved in evaluating cases as they come thru the building. I try to expose them to as much
     as possible... we are developing an extern handbook...




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Texas
EmanciPET Spay/Neuter Clinic
Contact information
       512 587-7729 www.emancipet.org

Organization address
       7201 Levander Loop Austin TX 78702

Description of facility
       High Volume High Quality Spay/Neuter with some Wellness and Shelter Outreach

Predominant species
      Canine and Feline

Minimum length of externship
      1 day

Eligibility (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th year veterinary students)
        Any

Experience offered:
       Animal Control? No
       Animal Shelter? <10%
       Animal Adoption? No
       Medical Rounds? Yes
       Humane Education? Yes
       Surgery? Yes
       Behavior/Training? No
       Forensics? No
       Animal Cruelty Investigation? No

Project required? No
Teaching requirement? No
Housing available? Possibly
Stipend available? No

Comments
     We are working on a grant to help cover student expenses.




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Virginia
Angels of Assisi
Contact information
       Kelly Farrell, DVM kfarrell@angelsofassissi.org

Organization address
      Angels of Assisi, 415 Campbell Ave., Roanoke, VA 24016

Description of facility
       We are a stationary, full-service clinic and limited admission shelter with a mobile
       spay/neuter facility. We participate in local "animal disasters" such as large puppy mill or
       hoarder rescues, and we run programs for low-income pet owners.

Predominant species
      Dog and cat

Minimum length of externship
      Most students do 3 week rotations. Offered year round.

Eligibility (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th year veterinary students)
        Typically 4th year students who are eligible to do surgeries. No more than 2 students at one
        time.

Experience offered
       Animal Control? No
       Animal Shelter? Yes, about 75+ animals
       Animal Adoption? Yes, including mobile adoptions
       Animal Advocacy? Yes, we also run a farm sanctuary
       Medical Rounds? Not formally
       Humane Education? Yyes
       Surgery? Yes, must be an approved vet school rotation in order to do surgery
       Behavior/Training? Not formally
       Forensics? No
       Animal Cruelty Investigation? No

Project required? No
Teaching requirement? No
Housing available? No
Stipend available? No

Comments:
     The majority of our students are from nearby VA/MD regional college of veterinary
     medicine. We prefer to have 1 student at a time, although can have 2 at times.




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Last updated: October 2008
Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA

Contact Information
      Cheryl Graybush, DVM cgraybush@comcast.net

Organization Address
      Charlottesville SPCA, 3355 Berkmar Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22901

Description of Facility
       Open intake progressive no-kill shelter that takes in ~5,000 animals per year. We also offer
       public low-cast spay and neuter services.

Predominant Species
      Dogs and cats; occasionally ferrets, rabbits. Guinea pigs, and rodents

Minimum length of externship
      Prefer 2-3 weeks but 1 week externships considered

Eligibility
        Need to be 4th year veterinary student in a vet college sponsored externship or preceptorship
        in order to do surgery.

Experience offered
        Animal Control? No
        Animal shelter? Yes
        Animal Adoption? Yes by arrangement
        Medical Rounds? Yes
        Humane education? No
        Surgery? Yes
        Behavior/Training? Yes by arrangement
        Forensics? No
        Animal Cruelty Investigation? No

Project required? No
Teaching requirement? No
Housing available? Yes there is an onsite apartment available by arrangement.
Stipend available? No




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Last updated: October 2008
Richmond SPCA

Contact information
       Dr. Angela Ivey, 804-521-1328 or aivey@richmondspca.org

Organization address
       2519 Hermitage Rd., Richmond, VA 23220

Description of facility
       Private, non-profit, no-kill humane society

Predominant species
      Canine and feline

Minimum length of externship
      3 weeks

Eligibility (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th year veterinary students)
        4th year veterinary students

Experience offered:
       Animal Control? - No
       Animal Shelter? - Yes
       Animal Adoption? - Yes (approx. 250/month)
       Medical Rounds? - Yes, unstructured
       Humane Education? - Yes
       Surgery? - Yes (approx 900-1000/month)
       Behavior/Training? - Yes (behavior team on staff)
       Forensics? - No
       Animal Cruelty Investigation? - No

Project required? – No
Teaching requirement? - No
Housing available? - No
Stipend available? - No

Comments: There is a heavy emphasis on spay/neuter while the students are here since we operate
a high volume clinic here at the Richmond SPCA. Students may access our web site at
www.richmondspca.org.




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Last updated: October 2008
Washington
The Humane Society for Seattle/King County, Seattle/Bellevue
Contact information
      Traci Garcia, Veterinary Services Manager, traci@seattlehumane.org or 425-649-7560

Organization address
      The Humane Society for Seattle/King County, 13212 SE Eastgate Way, Bellevue, WA
      98005

Description of facility
       Private shelter, open admission, approx. 7200 animals per year, primarily owner surrender,
       but have 2 city stray contracts and transfer animals in from other groups.

Predominant species
      Primarily dogs, cats, rabbits, but also place gerbils, rats, mice, guinea pigs, hamsters, birds,
      and the rare chinchilla, hedgehog, or sugar glider.

Minimum length of externship:
      prefer 2 weeks (M-F) but will do any length; available January through March

Eligibility
        4th year veterinary students

Experience offered:
       Animal Control? Minimal
       Animal Shelter? Yes
       Animal Adoption? Yes
       Animal Advocacy? Yes
       Medical Rounds? Yes
       Humane Education? Not so much in our dept.
       Surgery? Lots!
       Behavior/Training? Not a lot in our dept., but can observe some of this.
       Forensics? No
       Animal Cruelty Investigation? Rarely

Project required? No
Teaching requirement? No
Housing available? No
Stipend available? No

Comments:
     Minimum of half of time consists of spay/neuter and possibly other surgeries. Rest of time
     primarily involves assisting staff and vets with treatments, exams, diagnostics, and exposure
     to shelter medicine and herd health.




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Last updated: October 2008
Progressive Animal Welfare Society, West Lynnwood

Contact information
      Liz Helmer, DVM, Lead Shelter Veterinarian. LizH@paws.org or 425-787-2500 x262

Organization address
      Progressive Animal Welfare Society, 15305 44th Ave., West, Lynnwood, WA 98087

Description of facility
       Low-kill companion animal shelter (do not euthanize healthy, adoptable animals). Intake is
       about 4500 animals per year, primarily strays.

Predominant species
      Dogs/cats

Minimum length of externship:
      2 weeks, offered October through May

Experience offered:
       Animal Shelter? yes
       Animal Adoption? yes
       Medical Rounds? yes
       Surgery? yes
       Behavior/Training? yes
       Our shelter does not provide medical services to the public. About half the day is spent in
       surgery and half the day spent doing medicine (exams, rechecks, etc).

Project required? no
Teaching requirement? no
Housing available? not usually, may be able to assist with arrangements
Stipend available? no

Comments:
     We've been taking student externs for the last 7 years.

        Our organization also has a wildlife rehabilitation center which has their own externship
        program for veterinary students. Anyone interested in that program can contact Liz Helmer,
        DVM (shelter veterinarian) who can refer them to our wildlife veterinarian.




Association of Shelter Veterinarians – Student opportunities                            Page 25 of 25
Last updated: October 2008
Winnipeg, MB
The Winnipeg Humane Society
Contact information
      Erika Anseeuw, BSc, MSC, DVM, Director of Animal Health (204) 982-3553, fax (204)
      663-9401

Organization address
      The Winnipeg Humane Society, 5 Kent St., Winnipeg, MB, R2L 1X3

Description of facility
       Open Admission, 8000 animals per year

Predominant species
      64% cats, 34% dogs, 2% pocket pets and wildlife

Minimum length of externship:
      2, 3, or 4 week externships available

Eligibility
        4th year Veterinary Students

Experience offered:
       Animal Control? Yes, cats.
       Animal Shelter? Yes
       Animal Adoption? Yes
       Animal Advocacy? Yes
       Medical Rounds? Yes
       Humane Education? some
       Surgery? Yes
       Behavior/Training? Yes
       Forensics? No
       Animal Cruelty Investigation? yes

Project required? Yes, report
Teaching requirement? No
Housing available? Yes
Stipend available? No

Comments
     We try to treat all treatable cases and only euthanize those with severe medical or
     behavioural problems. We are NO-kill on dogs meaning that a dog is never euthanized due
     to lack of space but unfortunately, cats may be, depending on availability of cages and the
     time of year.




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Last updated: October 2008
If you would like to edit your information or have your program added to this list please forward the
information below to Dr. Jeanette O’Quin at oquin.4@scpwildblue.com

Template for Student Programs
State or Province (if not already listed:)

Organization:

Contact information:

Organization address:

Description of facility:

Predominant species:

Minimum length of externship:

Eligibility (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th year veterinary students)

Experience offered:
       Animal Control?
       Animal Shelter?
       Animal Adoption?
       Medical Rounds?
       Humane Education?
       Surgery?
       Behavior/Training?
       Forensics?
       Animal Cruelty Investigation?

Project required?
Teaching requirement?
Housing available?
Stipend available?

Comments:




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