Goals for Spay/Neuter Externships
- Increase efficiency and skill in performing spay/neuter surgery.
- Understand safe and effective anesthetic and analgesic protocols.
- Implement techniques to improve efficiency in a high quality, high volume setting (i.e. smaller incisions, pedicle ties, Miller’s knots, flank spays, etc.).
- Learn safe and efficient techniques for pediatric sterilization.
- Learn safe and effective techniques for feral cat sterilization, if available.
- Enhance technical skills such as intravenous catheter placement, tracheal intubation, and surgical preparation.
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The agencies listed below have been reviewed and are qualifying externships at the University of Florida, unless otherwise noted. If you are interested in pursuing an externship at an agency not listed here, visit the Host an Extern page to access the application for new agencies.
Click on the agency names below to learn more about their externship program.
First Coast No More Homeless Pets
First Coast No More Homeless Pets was established in 2001 to end euthanasia of healthy cats and dogs in Jacksonville, FL. It is toward that mission that all of our activities are directed. Our purpose in establishing a veterinary student externship is primarily to expose students to the emerging field of high quality, high volume, spay/neuter and to turn their thoughts toward finding a solution to pet overpopulation. Students who are thus exposed are more likely to consider this potential career path and be sympathetic toward such efforts when they enter private practice in the future.
In April 2009, FCNMHP moved into a 16,000 sq ft newly renovated facility designed to handle 200 sterilization surgeries and 75 outpatient visits per day. As of summer 2011, we are 2/3 of the way toward that daily volume. We employ 5-6 full time veterinarians and 50 staff members. There are 6 surgery tables, 5 prep stations, 12 anesthesia machines, as well as IV pumps, pulse oximeters, lab equipment, exam rooms and dental equipment.
Students will have the opportunity to participate in pre-surgical exams, cat and dog sterilization surgeries as well as additional procedures such as enucleations, limb amputations, wound treatments, etc, as needed for the pets of area animal control agencies, rescue groups and low income pet owners. If desired, students may also help in the outpatient clinic which sees routine wellness cases as well as minor injuries and illnesses.
Responsibilities of the student include learning the details of our anesthesia, prep and surgery protocols, demonstrating the abilities to screen surgical patients, complete a spay or neuter procedure in a timely manner, induce and maintain anesthesia, monitor recovery and provide follow up care as needed.
Discount hotel accommodations are available at the Microtel Inn and Suites at Jacksonville Airport, which is 9 miles (15 minutes) from the FCNMHP clinic. Mention First Coast No More Homeless Pets to get the special contract rate of $40/night plus tax.
Humane Alliance of WNC, Inc.
Humane Alliance offers senior veterinary students an exciting off-campus experience that introduces them to the concentration of high-volume high-quality spay/neuter, the choice that saves lives. Course work includes intensive hands-on medical and surgical experience. This encompasses every aspect of a patient’s experience with us including disease control, patient assessment and selection, behavior, patient preparation, mechanics of sterile surgical technique, record keeping, anesthetic and pain management protocol, and patient monitoring and support. We provide service to healthy canines and/or felines that are good surgical candidates. Our 13,000-square foot facility has six surgery suites and can accommodate 250 patients at one time.
- UF College of Veterinary Medicine Externship Page
- Association of Shelter Veterinarians‘ Externship Listing
- Shelter Medicine Externship Award Information
- Shelter Medicine Externship Opportunities