The externship at Arizona Equine Medical and Surgical Centre is designed for an individual who is seeking significant interaction with the staff and veterinarians in the various portions of an equine practice. Ideally we would like applicants who can make at least a 2-3 week commitment. However, we will accept any externs for lesser time as well. In the first week of the externship more emphasis is put on orientation and observation, but externs will have an active part in performing daily treatments from the start.
Interaction with the veterinarians can be expected, plus additional opportunity to have extra time in given areas of individual preference (i.e. surgery, anesthesia, reproduction, ultrasonography, etc.). As you will be assisting the doctor with clients, a neat appearance and appropriate attire is required. Ragged, faded jeans and t-shirts are not considered appropriate attire.
Student housing is provided in the hospital. In exchange an extern helps to performat treatments and after hours emergency assistance. Unfortunately, due to the nature of our business and limited housing, we do not have accommodations for pets. There is a refrigerator and microwave available for extern use and there are also two restaurants within walking distance. As transportation is very limited, students are encouraged to bring a vehicle or rent a car if transportation is desired. If flying into Phoenix, the most economical transportation to the clinic is the "SUPER SHUTTLE". This can be found outside of each terminal baggage claim. If you wish to make reservations prior to your arrival the phone number is (602) 244-9000. If you are a veterinary student and have an AVMA number please be sure to bring it.
The caseload at Arizona Equine Medical and Surgical Centre has undergone a significant expansion in recent years. While virtually all aspects of equine practice will be noted at any given time, currently our case load is strongest in lameness evaluations (and ancillary tests), elective soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, diagnostic ultrasonography, nuclear scintigraphy, and routine preventive care. Reproduction and foal care is significant during specific parts of the year.
After the completion of the externship, you will receive a form with the request for an honest evaluation of your experience and any suggestions that you feel would be helpful.
We hope that this has provided you with sufficient incentive to do an externship at Arizona Equine Medical and Surgical Centre. If you desire further information, please do not hesitate to call. Otherwise, please complete the enclosed application and return it with your resume at your earliest convenience. The positions are filled on a "first come, first serve" basis and there is often more than one student interested in a certain time period. As we try to accommodate as many requests as possible, we need specific dates that you will be present at the Centre. Frequently, students request time off to sightsee while here. You will not have the opportunity to do this during your externship. If you wish to sightsee please schedule your sightseeing plans for before or after your scheduled extern dates. Please make your travel arrangements so you can be at the Centre on the dates you request. We will send a confirmation letter immediately.
We have several clinical goals that we would like the intern to accomplish, and have a working knowledge of during their time at Arizona Equine.
The following is a brief description of some of these goals:
|Skill Type||Specific referral
hospital skills needed
|Legs - hock and below|
|Legs - knee and below|
|Evaluate laryngeal hemiplegia
Pass into trachea
|Regional Anesthesia :|
|Knees and hocks down|
|I.A. and regional stifle|
|Culture, rectal, vaginal, uterine flush, biopsy,
ultrasound, stallion collection
|Tendon - to be discussed properly|
|Selective surgical skills|
|Nuclear Medicine :|
|Be able to discuss|
|Writing articles :|
|Approximately one a month plus a short public
|Communicating with veterinarians|
|Business skills :|
|Quote discussion and collection|
Monthly meetings :
The interns will have monthly meetings with clinicians in their area of expertise regarding the above clinical goals.