We accept 3rd and 4th year
veterinary students for externships. We recommend that
you spend 4-6 weeks with us in order to give you exposure
to a wide variety of pets. If your schedule does not
allow this extended period, we may schedule externships
of shorter duration where possible. If you are
interested, please submit a letter of intent along with
a curriculum vitae to email@example.com.
General Job Description for Externship in Exotic
Externs are typically 3rd or 4th
year veterinary students that have a strong interest in
the care of nontraditional pets. Externs are expected to
spend a 6 week rotation at the hospital but exceptions
may be made for shorter or longer stays. Externs are
ancillary positions to the hospitalís veterinarians,
technicians, and customer service staff. The externs
will assist the doctor and technicians with a patient
during the taking of a medical history, examination,
diagnosis, and treatment phases. The externs will help
maintain the veterinary facilities, equipment,
veterinary records, and supplies. They also assist in
the care of boarding animals. The externs are expected
to participate fully in all aspects of patient care
under the supervision of the hospital staff. The
hospital is open 6 days a week with some evening hours.
Externs are expected to work 40+ hrs/week.
Qualifications / Requirements
1) Currently enrolled in veterinary school as a junior
or senior with prior experience in a clinical setting
2) AVMA PLIT Insurance for externs
(or its equivalent for international students)
3) Preference given to students
with demonstrable experience in the fields of exotic
animal husbandry, medical care, or natural history
4) Work requires lifting and
carrying animals and equipment up to forty (40) pounds
(will be assisted by other staff members in lifting
items over 40 pounds). Walks or stands for extended
periods of time; frequently works in a bent position. No
impairment of sight, smell, hearing, touch, balance and
agility of movement which might interfere with ability
to work. No allergies to plants or animals which might
interfere with ability to work. No immunocompetence
issues which might interfere with ability to work.
5) Working Conditions: May be
exposed to: unpleasant odors; loud harsh noises;
zoonotic and other contagious diseases; animal feces;
animal urine and other bodily fluids; animal dander;
potentially dangerous and unpredictable animal species;
dust; potentially dangerous chemicals (including but not
limited to acid fast stain, Gram stain, cytology stains,
polyvinyl alcohol, ammonia, chlorine bleach, quaternary
ammonium compounds, Cidex and related gluteraldehyde
products, and 10% buffered formalin); potentially
dangerous drugs (including, but not limited to, opioids,
chloramphenicol, and occasional waste gas such as
isoflurane); radiology equipment (produces x-ray
radiation); potentially dangerous machinery; etc.
Frequent use of protective clothing (i.e. goggles,
masks, gloves, gowns) is required.
Credits & Wages
Externs will receive credit only if
their school has approved the program. The extern is
responsible for coordinating any paperwork that must be
completed for the schoolís requirements. At this time
no wages are paid to externs and no housing is provided.
There are a variety of extended stay hotels in the area.
If you are interested in an externship
with Chicago Exotics Animal Hospital, first call
us. Then e-mail a cover letter and your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will then contact you to arrange things! You
should be in veterinary school or veterinary technician
school to qualify.
Pictured below is Amanda Hernandez,
Purdue Class of 2014