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Tel: +353 1 716 6060
Email: veterinary.surgery@ucd.ie

   
Small Animal Surgery Spring Externship
Small Animal Surgery

 

To contact:
Tel: +353 1 716 6060
Email: veterinary.surgery@ucd.ie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equine Spring Externship

 

 

Overview

The University College Dublin Veterinary Hospital is a referral clinic built and outfitted with state of the art equipment in 2002 to meet the increasing demand for specialised, integrated veterinary care. 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 (treadmill exams) in conjunction with LAS. A wide variety 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 UVH Interns with treatment of hospital cases and to assist clinicians in diagnostic and therapeutic care of hospitalised cases, out-patients and emergency referrals.

 

 

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Equine Medicine and Large Animal Surgery Externship Goals

  1. Development of handling and physical examination skills of horses including lameness evaluations
  2. Development of basic problem–solving and decision making skills
  3. Development of diagnostic and differential diagnosis skills
  4. Exposure to the management of a variety of medical and surgical cases including intensive care
  5. Exposure to basic surgical procedures and techniques
  6. Use of isolation facilities and bio-security principles
  7. Exposure to the reproductive examination of the broodmare

Students working within the Equine Medicine and Large Animal Surgery sections are encouraged to take responsibility for their own cases and should be involved in all aspects of case management.

 

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Responsibilities

The basic responsibilities of an extern is the same as a final year UCD veterinary student and consists of evaluating and treating hospitalised cases as well as assisting in the admission and evaluation of out-patient and emergency cases. Under the supervision of an Intern, the extern will be able to administer oral, intravenous, intramuscular and subcutaneous medications, draw blood for routine blood work, monitor intensive care cases, administer fluids and prepare patients for clinical procedures.

Morning and afternoon treatments consist of physical examinations and medication administration. Externs are scheduled for after-hours treatments and emergency service.

1. Active learning – get involved – ask questions – make the most of your externship

2. Patient care and case management:

  • Daily care of your assigned cases is your responsibility under the direction of a clinician.
  • Treat every single one of your cases as if you were the sole person responsible for it – do not rely on the clinicians to pick up problems but do a thorough complete physical exam on all your cases in the hospital at least twice daily, try to make your own diagnostic and treatment plan to discuss with the clinicians and be active in your case’s care.
  • Do not enact any treatment or diagnostic procedure without direction from the clinician.
  • You are responsible for all treatments on your cases from 8.00 am until 6.00 pm – this includes administration of medication (under supervision of interns or residents where necessary), examinations, blood draws, catheter flushes, preparing and hanging of intravenous fluids (with an intern/resident) etc. If you are busy in surgery during these hours, it is your responsibility to ascertain that one of your colleagues is taking care of your patients for you!


3. Patient Admission

  • Take a history (including vaccination history, especially Tetanus).
  • Complete a thorough physical exam (including body weight).
  • Take an active part in the patient’s diagnostic work–up and treatment planning.

4. Hospital Rounds

  • Each morning at 8.30am a hospital round is held to discuss the cases in the hospital and their diagnostic/treatment plan. Again, in the late afternoon around 5pm, a shorter round is held to discuss important findings of the day and to make a plan for the intensive care patients overnight.


5. Surgery

  • Where the situation permits, you will have the opportunity to scrub into surgeries performed on your patients.
  • Responsibilities include assistance in preparation of the surgical patient, assisting in induction, surgical preparation, intra-operative assistance.

 

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How to apply

Externships will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis. To get the most out of your externship a minimum duration of two consecutive weeks is mandatory. A week’s Externship will run from 8am Monday morning to 8am on the following Monday which would cover on call duties. Please check the available dates below and submit your choice of dates via email. If available, the space will be reserved and you will receive a confirmation.

To qualify for the externship you must be a veterinary student in your 3rd year or higher (priority will be given to final or 4th year veterinary students). You must also have good fluency in both written and spoken English.

Graduated veterinarians cannot apply for the externship.

Please include a current curriculum vitae and a statement of pertinent experience in your email application. To apply please email veterinary.surgery@ucd.ie.

You will get confirmation of the clinical experience but no formal grades.

You will be expected to arrange travel and accommodation yourself and must ensure that you carry appropriate insurance.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to call ++353 (0)1 716 6060 or email veterinary.surgery@ucd.ie.

 

Dates available:

  • 27th April - 1st June 2015 (5 weeks available)

 

We look forward to working with you!

 

 

 

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Small Animal Surgery Spring Externship

 

Overview

The University College Dublin Veterinary Hospital (UCDVH) is a referral clinic built and outfitted with state of the art equipment in 2002 to meet the increasing demand for specialised, integrated veterinary care.

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 treatment of hospital cases and to assist clinicians in diagnostic and therapeutic care of hospitalised cases, out-patients and emergency referrals.

 

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Small Animal Surgery Externship Goals

  1. Development of skills in patient handling and restraint, general physical examination, orthopaedic examination including lameness evaluation, and neurologic examination in small animals

  2. Development of basic problem–solving and decision making skills

  3. Development of diagnostic skills

  4. Exposure to the management of a variety of small animal surgical cases including intensive care

  5. Exposure to specialist level surgical procedures and techniques

  6. Use of isolation facilities and bio-security principles (case-dependent)

Students working within the Small Animal Surgery service are encouraged to take responsibility for their own cases and should be involved in all aspects of case management.

 

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Responsibilities

The basic responsibilities of an extern is the same as a final year UCD veterinary student and consists of evaluating and treating hospitalised cases as well as assisting in the admission and evaluation of out-patient and emergency cases. Under the supervision of an Intern, the extern will be able to administer oral, intravenous, intramuscular and subcutaneous medications, draw blood for routine blood work, monitor intensive care cases, administer fluids and prepare patients for clinical procedures.

Morning and afternoon treatments consist of physical examinations and medication administration. Externs are scheduled for after-hours treatments and emergency service.

1. Active learning – get involved – ask questions – make the most of your externship

2. Patient care and case management:

  • Daily care of your assigned cases is your responsibility under the direction of a clinician.
  • Treat every single one of your cases as if you were the sole person responsible for it – do not rely on the clinicians to pick up problems but do a thorough complete physical exam on all your cases in the hospital at least twice daily, try to make your own diagnostic and treatment plan to discuss with the clinicians and be active in your case’s care.
  • Do not enact any treatment or diagnostic procedure without direction from the clinician.
  • You are responsible for all treatments on your cases from 8.00 am until 6.00 pm – this includes administration of medication (under supervision of interns or residents where necessary), examinations, blood draws, catheter flushes, preparing and hanging of intravenous fluids (with an intern/resident) etc. If you are busy in surgery during these hours, it is your responsibility to ascertain that one of your colleagues is taking care of your patients for you!

3. Patient Admission

  • Take a history or actively participate in the initial history-taking and consultation with a SAS clinician.
  • Complete a thorough physical exam under the direct supervision of a SAS clinician.
  • Complete an orthopaedic or neurologic exam if indicated under the direct supervision of a SAS clinician.
  • Take an active part in the patient’s diagnostic work–up and treatment planning.

4. Hospital Rounds

  • Each morning between 7.30 and 8.00 am, informal cage-side rounds on an individual basis are held with the SAS intern, SAS resident, and/or senior SAS clinician(s) to discuss the cases in the hospital and their diagnostic/treatment plans for the day. Again, in the late afternoon around 5 pm, formal cage-side rounds with the entire student group plus all involved SAS clinician(s) are held to discuss important findings of the day and plan for overnight and the following day’s care.

5. Surgery

  • In most cases, where the situation permits, you will have the opportunity to scrub into surgeries performed on your patients.
  • Responsibilities include assistance in preparation of the surgical patient, assisting in induction, surgical preparation, intra-operative assistance, and post-operative monitoring.

 

 

How to apply

Externships will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis. To get the most out of your externship a minimum duration of two consecutive weeks is mandatory. A week’s Externship will run from 8am Monday morning to 8am on the following Monday which would cover on-call duties. Please check the available dates below and submit your choice of dates via email. If available, the space will be reserved and you will receive a confirmation.

To qualify for the externship you must be a veterinary student in your 3rd year or higher (priority will be given to final year veterinary students). You must also have good fluency in both written and spoken English.

Graduated veterinarians cannot apply for the externship.

Please include a current curriculum vitae and a statement of pertinent experience in your email application. To apply please email veterinary.surgery@ucd.ie.

You will get confirmation of the clinical experience but no formal grades.

You will be expected to arrange travel and accommodation yourself and must ensure that you carry appropriate insurance.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to call +353 (0)1 716 6060 or email veterinary.surgery@ucd.ie.

 

Dates available 2015:

  • 27th April – 1 June 2015 (5 weeks available)

 We look forward to working with you!

 

 

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