duty training for veterinary students typically requires six weeks each
year. This training is usually completed during the summer between
school terms or as scheduled by the student. The length of the training
for externship credit may vary with the requirements of the respective
College of Veterinary Medicine but typically does not exceed six weeks.
The veterinary student will participate in regularly scheduled
training and may vary with the timing of the externship. The training
schedule is dictated by the internship curriculum. At a minimum the
student will participate in the following:
Daily case rounds with staff: Special cases are reviewed and
treatment plans for hospitalized patients are reviewed with case
clinician and on-call staff.
Weekly Journal Club: Two intern selected (faculty approved) journal
articles are discussed each week. One article covers a veterinary public
health issue and the other is a clinically relevant medicine or surgery
Scheduled training: At least two hours of training are conducted
each week in other than clinical medicine. The topics covered are in
leadership, clinic management and food sanitation. The purpose of this
training is to give the intern the knowledge necessary to manage
personnel and resources and prepare them for leadership roles as a
Veterinary Corps Officer.
During the externship the student is expected to progress from
shadowing a licensed veterinarian to making decisions concerning the
care of patients in conjunction with a supervising veterinarian.
faculty is comprised of a Diplomate of the American College of
Veterinary Preventive Medicine and a Diplomate of the American College
of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. Adjunct faculty includes a
residency trained veterinary surgeon. The facility is staffed by three
military veterinarians and two civilian veterinarians. Support staff
includes eleven veterinary technicians, four receptionists and one
practice manager and eight food inspectors.
substantial clinic library is available which holds an assortment of
standard veterinary texts, clinical guides and reference books.
Depending on the time of the externship we offer short courses in
cultural Competency, Canine Behavior and Health Risk Communication that
are free to the visiting student. Hard copy periodicals include JAVMA,
Veterinary Economics, Veterinary Medicine and DVM 360. Other journals
are available by request through sponsor's VIN account and coorporate
1: Student will shadow their sponsor in patient care and provide
veterinarian assistant duties. During the first week the student will be
exposed to outpatient appointments, equipment operation, treatment
record maintenance and Military Working Dog visits. One day during the
first week the student will participate in a food storage sanitation
inspection with a military food inspector.**
Week 2: Perform duties as veterinary technician. Duties may include
venipuncture, anesthesia monitoring, wound care and minor procedures
aligned with the ability and confidence of the student, commensurate
with year of school and as determined by the supervising veterinarian.
One day during the second week, the student will participate in a food
defense vulnerability assessment of one facility with a military food
Week 3: (Continuation of Week 2) Perform duties as a veterinary
technician assisting a veterinarian in the conduct of patient care.
Student will also have the opportunity to observe and participate in
surgical procedures and diagnostic imaging as available. Students will
spend three days with the Branch Chief observing management functions
and activities. During these three days the students will receive
individualized mentorship on expectations once they are activated and on
their Army career progression.
Week 4: (Continuation of Week 3) Students will have a more involved
role in patient treatment and care. Sponsor will provide time for the
student to assess cases and make decisions for patient care and
treatment plans. These plans will be reviewed by the supervising
veterinarian. Students will also observe a commercial food processing
sanitation audit as well as sanitation inspections of food retail and
food preparation facilities. **
Weeks 5 and 6: Students conducting training for an extended
externship will continue to participate in additional iterations of
outpatient clinics, audits, surgery and inspections as appropriate.
Based on clinic schedule, students will be assigned to other
veterinarians on clinical rotations for these extended weeks.
**The timeline is intended to be a guide. Specific evolutions may vary from week to week as the schedule dictates.
clinic is manned by at least one Veterinarian at all times; that is
available for guidance, coaching, teaching and mentorship of visiting
students. Students are assigned a sponsor and preceptor. The sponsor is
a first or second year veterinary graduate that assists the student in
coordinating schedules and navigating the operational processes of the
VETCEN. The preceptor will be a member of the faculty that will provide
overall mentorship and ensure appropriate housing, work schedule and
transportation needs are fulfilled.
FORT BRAGG NC 28310-5000