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Veterinary Specialty Center’s Surgical Internships

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Veterinary Specialty Center’s Surgical Internships 2018-07-04T19:04:17+00:00

What makes the surgical internship at VSC unique?

Veterinary Specialty Center offers a distinctive surgical internship program that connects participants with our experienced surgical team while providing them unique educational access to our full specialty hospital and Level 1 Trauma Facility. The following sets this experience apart from other programs:

  • Working closely with 6 board certified surgeons with a combined experience of over 90 years exposes interns to a wide variety of perspective for surgical case management
  • Daily hospital-wide/ICU rounds exposes interns to comprehensive management of critically ill patients
  • Post-operative case management exposes interns to client communication, problem solving, and patient care requirements of surgical patients
  • Intensive, multi-specialty didactics average 2-3 times per week and maintains the academics and foundational skills needed to be a successful surgeon. These alternating didactics include:

    A VSC surgical intern prepares a dog from the Shelter Animal Surgical Service for a surgical procedure.

    1. Anesthesia rounds
    2. Cardiology rounds
    3. Clinical pathology rounds
    4. Emergency and Critical Care rounds
    5. Fracture rounds
    6. Journal club
    7. Morbidity and mortality rounds
    8. MRI/neurology rounds
    9. Radiology rounds
    10. Tobias/chapter rounds
    11. Wet labs to learn approaches and procedures
  • Primary Case Responsibility
    1. Working in our emergency room, interns gain exposure to primary emergency cases to keep diagnostic and client communication skills sharp. During these shifts, interns always have support from experienced emergency room doctors and ECC specialists in our Certified Level 1 Trauma Center.
    2. Our Shelter Animal Surgery Service (SASS) is lead by our intern class. SASS provides low/no cost elective surgery (not just sterilizations) for 250+ rescue animals per year. Interns get primary surgical responsibility (with supervision) exposing them to communications, diagnostics, surgery/procedure, postoperative care, and follow-up.

Surgical interns work side-by-side in surgery with our board-certified surgeons and also take on a variety of case responsibilities related to surgery.