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Animal Specialty Group

Internal Medicine Externship
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will develop a detailed knowledge of the principles and techniques used
in small animal medicine with emphasis on the evalutation, diagnosis
and treatment of patients with medically-related diseases. Under the
direct supervision of a ACVIM-certified Internal Medicine preceptor,
students will participate in individual patient management including
participation in clinical / medical reasoning regarding diagnostic
testing and therapy. During the rotation the students are expected to
refine the following skills to the level of a graduate entering the
profession of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine:
1) Obtain a thorough history and communicate effectively with clients.

2) Perform a complete and accurate physical examination, including
opthalmologic, otoscopic, dental, neurological and rectal examinations
when indicated.

3) Identify and define clinical problems.

4) Develop a prioritized problem list, and define broad
localizations, reasonable differential diagnoses, and appropriate
diagnostic and therapeutic plans for each problem tailored to the
specific patient.

5) Perform common diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. At the
discretion of the preceptor, students may perform procedures which might
include, but are not limited the following: Venipuncture;
subcutaneous; intramuscular and intravenous injections; intravenous and
urinary catheter placement; administer local and general anesthesia;
fine needle aspirates of cutaneous masses or lymp nodes;
abdominocentesis; rumenocentesis; nasogastric/orogastric intubation;
diagnostic radiography and; diagnostic ultrasonongraphy.

6) Interpret results of diagnostic tests, identifying new problems
and subsequently modify the initial problem list and differential
diagnoses; develop additional diagnostic and treatment plans as

7) Communicate appropriately and professionally in the following
contexts: Deliver concise verbal case presentations to their peers and
precptors; deliver formal topic rounds; obtain complete case histories
in an efficient manner; and participate in the delivery of both verbal
and written client instructions (client education).

8) Determine the rationale for case referral, if necessary.

9) Understand the indications for; contraindications and side
effects of pharmacologic agents commonly employed in small animal
Minimum of 10 hours per day 4 days per week


Animal Specialty Group
4641 Colorado Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90039
(818) 244-7977
(818) 507-9418
Emilie Chaplow, VMD , Kimberly Winters, DVM, Rhonda Schulman, DVM
Updated: 01/21/11
Los Angeles, CA
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