Shelter Medicine Externship Application for Site Hosts

Thank you for your interest in hosting UF DVM students who are pursuing an externship in Shelter Medicine! Externships contribute a valuable component to student learning and preparation that reaches far beyond what is possible in the traditional classroom. The goal of a shelter medicine externship is to provide the veterinary student with a robust training experience in shelter medicine, accompanied by exposure to the critical aspects of animal sheltering. We require that all sites who host our students provide a certain number of hours/week in each subject area outlined below. Many of these activities require veterinarian supervision (medical rounds, exams, setting up treatment plans, infectious disease diagnosis and management, anesthesia, surgery), while other activities are best supervised by shelter staff and technicians with skills and expertise in their specific area of shelter operations or medical care.

Before proceeding to the second page of the application, please be thoughtful in considering whether you are able to provide students with the following breakdown of hours, and indicate this by checking off one of the boxes below each section. If you have questions before submitting your availability, please email Chrissy Sedgley at .

Shelter Medicine Externship Application for Site Hosts

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  • Examples include:
    • Medical rounds
    • Treatments
    • Exams
    • Forensic cases
    • Population management (evaluating length of stay, pathway planning, identifying barriers to outcomes, managed intake program, return-to-field program, foster program, etc)
    • Infectious disease diagnosis and management (testing, specific treatments, etc)
    • Preventive health care (vaccines, internal and external parasite prophylaxis, etc)

  • Examples include:
    • Working with administration/management
    • Cleaning and disinfection
    • Nutritional program for different species, age groups, medical concerns
    • Animal Control Officer ride-alongs
    • Working at shelter intake area or adoptions

  • Examples include:
    • Shelter animal spay/neuter
    • Other surgical procedures (enucleation, limb amputation, wound management, etc)

  • Examples include:
    • Wellness and environmental enrichment (in-cage, in-run, playgroups, socialization)
    • Behavior assessment
    • Behavior modification

  • Examples include:
    • Public-owned animal spay/neuter
    • Vaccinations
    • Wellness