Currently Available Externships

Equine Externship

Within Large Animal Surgery (LAS) horses are the principle species treated but a variety of farm and occasional exotic animals are also evaluated.  Within Equine Medicine (EM), a wide variety of neurologic, respiratory, ophthalmologic, gastrointestinal, muscular, infectious, haematologic, renal and endocrine disorders are investigated as well as poor performance evaluations in conjunction with LAS.  A range of surgical procedures (soft tissue surgery, fracture repair, arthroscopy, laparoscopy) are carried out in LAS as well as in-depth lameness evaluations.  

The primary goal of the externship is to give the student an in-depth exposure to the field of Equine Medicine and Large Animal Surgery.  Externs are required to assist the UCDVH Interns with treatment of hospital cases and to assist Clinicians in diagnostic and therapeutic care of hospitalised cases, out-patients and emergency referrals.

For information on the goals and responsibilities associated with this Externship and also how to apply please see 2019 Equine Externship Information

Small Animal Surgery Externship

Within Small Animal Surgery (SAS) dogs are the principle species treated but an increasing caseload of feline patients and occasional other small mammals are also evaluated.  The SAS service in the Hospital is divided into two separate teams, Soft Tissue/Neurosurgery (ST) and Orthopaedics/Neurosurgery (ORTHO).  Each day of the week, one team provides referral consultations and rechecks as well as diagnostic work-ups, while the other team has a full day scheduled in the operating theatres.

A wide variety of specialist surgical procedures in soft tissue surgery, orthopaedic surgery, neurosurgery and minimally invasive surgery including arthroscopy, laparoscopy and thoracoscopy are carried out.  The SAS service works closely with other specialist services in the Small Animal Hospital including Internal Medicine, Critical Care, Anaesthesia, and Diagnostic Imaging.  

The primary goal of the externship is to give the student an in-depth exposure to specialist level Small Animal Surgery.  Externs are required to assist the UCDVH Interns with the treatment of hospital cases and to assist clinicians in diagnostic and therapeutic care of hospitalised cases, out-patients and emergency referrals.

For information on the goals and responsibilities associated with this Externship and also how to apply please see 2019 Small Animal Surgery externships, UCD Veterinary Hospital

Small Animal Internal Medicine Externship

Currently, the Small Animal Internal Medicine Service sees approximately 2,500 to 3,000 animal visits per annum.  The vast majority are referral cases covering a wide variety of disciplines including neurology, cardiorespiratory, gastrointestinal, haematological, renal, endocrinology and oncology. Additionally, there is a small but active first opinion service.

The service is run by four European Diplomates in Internal Medicine.  There are four Residents and two Interns.  The service is complimented by other specialist services including Oncology, ICU, Anaesthesia, Diagnostic Imaging (radiography, ultrasonography, CT and visiting MRI) Pathology and Clinical Pathology (full biochemistry, haematology, cytology and endocrine capabilities).  Equipment and facilities include a full endoscopy suite, a wide range of chemotherapeutic treatments and radioactive iodine.

The primary goal of the externship is to give the student an in-depth exposure to the field of Small Animal Internal Medicine.  Externs are required to assist the UCDVH Interns and Residents with the treatment of hospital cases and to assist clinicians in diagnostic and therapeutic care of hospitalised cases, out-patients and emergency referrals.

For information on the goals and responsibilities associated with this Externship and also how to apply please see UCDVH Small Animal Internal Medicine, Summer Externship (2019)