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VETERINARY INTERNSHIPS
For Purdue University.

BRIEF SUMMARY OF PURDUE UNIVERSITY’S REQUIREMENTS FOR INTERNSHIPS FOR THEIR STUDENTS:

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1st and 2nd year students are required to shadow a vet/veterinary nurse for 2-6 weeks, in this time its required that the intern must be involved in observing and learning as much as possible from the vet (Over the shoulder education) as well as where possible some hands-on experiences. It’s vital to the success of the internship that the students are with a qualified Veterinarian at all times, during their internship. Students are required to spend a minimum of 5 hours a day participating in the internship. The Vet/mentor hosting the internship might be required to send/fill in an Evaluation form for the university about each student that participates in his/her practice.

Students should be able to gain experience in the following categories:

  • Practice Management Skills
  • hospital software (imaging software, hospital management software)
  • inventory usage and control
  • technical skill sets
  • IV catheter placement
  • sample collection
  • bandaging
  • surgical site preparation
  • surgical assisting
  • oral, eye, and ear med administration
  • injections (SQ, IM, IV)
  • urinary catheterization
  • monitoring anesthesia
  • dehorning
  • ear Tag/Tattoos/ear notch and/or ID chip administration
  • necropsies

Communication

  • effective communication within the veterinary team
  • history taking
  • guided communication with clients
  • principles of client education

Critical Thinking

  • drug dosage calculations
  • fluid therapy calculations
  • history taking
  • time management
  • nursing care
  • physical assessment
  • triage skills

Final Year Students can participate in the internship anytime during the year. DVM students require a 3-6 week internship offering a minimum of 180 hours. VT students require a 12-week internship consisting of a minimum 360 Hours.

The following objectives were provided by Purdue or taken from their website as guidelines for the essential traits which students are expected to gain during their experience. They are categorized by practice types and the University understands that there may be significant variance related to practice type.

Clinical Practices:

Practice Management Skills:

  • hospital software (imaging software, hospital management software)
  • inventory usage and control
  • OSHA regulations and application
  • regulatory forms
  • technical skill sets
  • phlebotomy (multiple sites)
  • IV catheter placement
  • sample collection
  • outside lab sample preparations
  • restraint techniques
  • bandaging
  • surgical site preparation
  • surgical assisting
  • dental prophylaxis
  • oral, eye, and ear med administration
  • injections (SQ, IM, IV)
  • urinary catheterization
  • cystocentesis
  • manual CBC and differential count
  • anesthetic induction and intubations
  • monitoring anesthesia
  • gavage feeding
  • dehorning
  • Artificial insemination (A/I)
  • ear Tag/Tattoos/ear notch and/or ID chip administration
  • necropsies

Communication

  • Effective communication within the veterinary team
  • History taking
  • Guided communication with clients
  • Principles of client education

Hospital Diagnostic Methods

  • pre-anesthetic and anesthetic, regional anesthetic block protocols
  • laboratory protocols
  • parasitology protocols
  • euthanasia protocols
  • vaccination protocols
  • farm call protocols (CIDR® administration)

Critical Thinking

  • drug dosage calculations
  • fluid therapy calculations
  • history taking
  • time management
  • nursing care
  • physical assessment
  • triage skills

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