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 to the left is Stuart James,
Purdue CVM Class of 2014.
Pictured below is Dave Miller, Oklahoma
CVM Class of 2013.
Pictured below is Jessica Yousif, St.
George's Class of 2015
Pictured below is Matt Levinson, OSU
Class of 2015
Pictured below is Becky Bravo,
University of Missouri CVM, Class of 2013
Pictured below is Mary Hes, University
of Tennessee CVM Class of 2012
Picture Below is Erica Giles, Ohio CVM
Class of 2012
Pictured below is Ashley Forti,
Glasgow CVMS class 0f 2015 with Erica, CVT
Pictured below is Jen, a 2011 Parkland
Junior College Vet Tech student.
Pictured below is Robert
Gonzalez. He is from the Class of 2012 at The Ohio
Recent Veterinary student Michael Miller Class of 2011 UICVM pictured below!
Extern Randi Timmons. Class of 2010 UTCVM!
Veterinary Extern Ann Hoang now
DVM! Class of 2009 LSUSVM.
Pictured above was one of our Veterinary Technician
Interns, Erica. She has great
interest in all things exotic!! So we hired her!
Stephanie is a member of the UICVM
class of 2009. Thanks for the great summer Steph!
Pictured above was our vet-student in the summer of
2006, Mary Grabowski. We had a great summer in 2006 with you Mary!!
UICVM Class of 2008
Taylor O'Brien worked with us in 2006.
She was a member of the UICVM Class of 2009.
Pictured Above is Rachel Sparky, DVM;
veterinary extern in 2004.
To all the interns and externs whose
pictures I've misplaced, I'm sorry! Send me your
photo and I will put it up here!
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