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Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study, University of Georgia CVM

at SCWDS, Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study, which is a
diagnostic laboratory and research facility, a unit within the
Population Health Department at the College of Veterinary Medicine, UGA
Veterinary Extern Program

The Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study (SCWDS) is a
special unit within the College of Veterinary Medicine. SCWDS welcomes
participation from junior or senior veterinary students from all
accredited veterinary colleges in the form of an externship program.

Length of Externship: The length of externship is flexible but must be at least 3 weeks and should not exceed 12 weeks.

Enrollment in the Externship Program: Once an invitation for an
externship is extended, the student must make arrangements to be
enrolled in an appropriate fashion in his/her college. Students cannot
participate in the SCWDS externship program during their between-term
break or “free time” without special permission of Dr. Hernandez. A
faculty member from the veterinary college of origin should be
designated as responsible for the conduct of the extern. Each
participant should have his/her own health insurance.

Housing and Financial Assistance: Housing and other living costs are
not provided for externs during their stay in Athens, Georgia. If work
assignments are made at other locations, the extern’s travel costs for
housing, transportation, and food will be reimbursed as it is for other
SCWDS personnel. Ms. Jenny Pate is a good person to contact concerning
housing in Athens.

Externship programs should be arranged at least 3 months in advance of the starting date.

Purpose/Objectives of the Externship: The primary purpose of the
externship is to expose the veterinary student to the many aspects of
wildlife population medicine. Major health objectives are to acquaint
the veterinary student with (1) the role of veterinarians in the
maintenance of healthy wildlife populations, (2) the interaction of
wildlife management and wildlife health, and (3) examples of major
diseases of free-ranging wildlife. Treatment of individual wild animals
for those illnesses or injuries is NOT an aspect of this externship.
Externship Activities: The extern’s activities will be greatly
dependent upon work in progress at SCWDS during the time period. An
effort will be made to expose the student to a broad variety of
experiences. Students will participate in wildlife mortality
investigations and ongoing wildlife disease research. When field trips
are available, participation will be required. The student will be
expected to respond to questions pertaining to assigned readings,
lectures, and field experiences. Informal lectures and review of gross
lesions of wildlife diseases are presented as time permits. The
externship program is a team teaching effort, and the extern will be
assigned to various staff members during the program.
Evaluation of the Extern: Formal tests will not be given. Dr.
Hernandez, in consultation with other SCWDS staff members, will evaluate
the extern in the format provided by the veterinary college of origin.
Strong consideration will be given to work participation, demonstration
of academic capability, and on the ability of the student to project a
professional image.
information not provided
computer, binder with notes, necropsy books, wildlife disease readings all provided at the beginning of the rotation
rotate with the clinical diagnostician on service and are expected to
particpate in all aspects of wildlfie disesae investigation, including
necropsy and field work
Sonia M. Hernandez, and Drs. Keel, Munk, Brown, Nemeth, all of whom are
veterinarians. Student will have contact wtih veterinarians every day
(minimum of 8 hr/day)
589 D.W. Brooks Drive

Wildlife Health Building

College of Veterinary Medicine

University of Georgia

Athens, Georgia 30602
Current:    Dr. Heather Fenton  DVM, MVSc,Dipl. ACVP    Chief Diagnostician and Wildlife Veterinarian  CWD and WNS Coordinator
Past: Sonia M. Hernandez, DVM
Updated: 01/19/12
Athens, GA
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