The Pet Emergency & Specialty Center is pleased to offer six externship positions to 1st or 2nd year vet students for the summer of 2019. The focus of our program is on emergency medicine and exposure to a private practice specialty hospital. Students are scheduled for a six week externship. After an initial orientation day, students are scheduled for four 10 hour shifts per week during the hours when the emergency service is most active (evenings, weekends and holidays, no overnight shifts). We expect students to perform all of the duties of a veterinary technician on scheduled shifts. This includes nursing care, surgical assistance and some cleaning. This provides an excellent opportunity to develop or expand practical technical skills such as catheter placement, blood collection, patient monitoring, etc. Students will be paid $12/hour
Our La Mesa hospital sees a very large caseload and students work alongside a number of experienced technicians and veterinarians. It is not uncommon to see several trauma cases, a DKA, a rattlesnake envenomation, a toxicity case and a metabolic failure on a single shift. We are equipped with ultrasound, digital radiology, CT, blood pressure monitors, telemetry, full in-house labs (CBC, chemistry analyzer, electrolytes, blood gases, PT/PTT), ICU ventilator, endoscopy and more.
We strive to include summer externs in case discussions and cage-side rounds. Summer externs are invited to our weekly intern topic rounds and radiology rounds conducted by our specialists. We want to ensure that the time externs spend with us is a great learning experience! We also view our summer externship as a way for students to observe our PESC Internship program. Externs will overlap with both our graduating and incoming intern classes and can speak with interns regarding their experiences. Students will rotate through three services: Emergency, Surgery and Exotics.
Requirements for application include completion of 1st or 2nd year of veterinary school at an AVMA accredited veterinary school by the summer of 2019, eligibility to work in the United States, obtaining an AVMA Student PLIT and a wish to explore the world of emergency medicine in a private practice emergency/specialty hospital. This could be your first step toward considering an internship!
Letters of intent should be concise and mention what you wish to gain from our externship program as well as your interests and future plans in veterinary medicine. Final hiring decisions will be announced during the first week of May.
You must have your own transportation and secure your own housing. Once the 2019 PESC Summer Extern class is chosen, we will send out a contact list so that you can consider housing together.