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St. Joe Center Veterinary Hospital

Externships and Preceptorships at small animal practice
are an AAHA accredited and AAFP cat-friendly accredited practice,
devoted to practicing up-to-date, high-level medicine while working with
our clients, educating them as to the individual needs of their pet.
The candidate will see a steady, varied group of general practice
experiences. This includes, but is not limited to, regular outpatient
appointments, soft tissue surgery and dentistry and oral surgery. As a
hospital that places teaching high among our core values, the candidate
will be challenged with learning opportunities, as well as regularly
experience what it is is like to teach clients our goals, objectives and
answers through a variety of procedures.
staff doctors; in-house library; radiology (including separate dental
radiology); surgery suite; complete array of dental/oral surgery
equipment; in-house and quick reference lab access/turn-around; six
examination rooms; Avimark practice software. (There is also an
associated emergency and specialty referral practice that has access to
boarded surgeons and an internist, including a suite of other
diagnostics such as CT, ultrasound, advanced surgery, and 24-hour care.
These resources are often utilized, but the candidates core experience
is with the daytime general practice.)
access to in-house library of texts, journals and computer-accessible
information (including VIN). Regular case discussion and review. Ease of
access to all levels of staff for any and all questions; we encourage
active learning, growth and regular questions.
  • The
    candidate will spend the large majority of their time directly with one
    of the staff veterinarians. They will go in with a wide variety of
    outpatient appointments, observe and - at the discretion of the surgeon -
    assist in surgical procedures and help with a wide variety of technical
    procedures (including radiology, blood draws, etc.)
  • The candidate is expected to
    be actively engaged in their own learning process, which includes
    individual study for answers outside of what the medical staff might
    teach them. They will have regular contact time with the staff doctors
    during their experience to help guide their progress. The practice
    strives to work regularly to change and grow alongside of modern
    medicine and science, so the candidate is encouraged to ask questions,
    research and present any ideas that they might have.
  • They will be routinely asked questions and challenged to learn by
    walking through cases, understanding the decision making process and
    interpreting results in a variety of tests. They are not expected to
    have all the answers as this is a learning program, yet they are
    expected to be able to know how to seek those answers out when given
    time and resources. We try to set aside regular time to address their
    questions; while with a busy schedule this may not always be possible in
    the moment, time is often set-aside to review and help explore any
    aspects they are not certain about.
  • They should be highly engaged, curious, self-motivating and eager to
    tackle a wide-variety of tasks and opportunities. They should greatly
    enjoy learning and teaching. They will be able to experience both the
    "ordinary" and the uncommon in day-to-day practice, and should enjoy
    both in equal measure.
  • The
    day-to-day schedule is normally two blocks of four hours of outpatient
    per day (8-12 / 2-6), with a two-hour block in the middle for rounds,
    paperwork, discussion and lunch. Three of five days per week one doctor
    is in surgery (from approximately 7:30-3PM) while the other is in
    outpatient. The surgical doctor performs outpatient the last 3 hours of
    their day as well.
  • The student will generally be attached to a doctor during that
    entire process. Therefore, they can expect approximately 40 hours of
    contact time per week, and roughly 8-10 per day. (During busy times, it
    may be more than this.) A great deal of this time is observing
    appointments and surgery - assisting with technical aspects as
    possible/permitted. Time for discussion and teaching is made where
    possible, with ample opportunity in the 12-2 period as well as before
    and after outpatient (when the business is closed but the staff is still
    completing tasks). We strive to not conclude each day until the day's
    questions are answered and understood.
St. Joe Center Veterinary Hospital
6358 St Joe Center Road

Ft Wayne IN
Dr. Brandon Stapleton
Posted: 03/19/14
Ft. Wayne, IN
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