Interns hold faculty appointments in VSCS. They provide patient care and teaching assistance in the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. While the main objective is to provide in-depth postgraduate training and preparation, a practical outlook must be maintained. Senior faculty will make extensive efforts to provide an outstanding program, but the intern is expected to take the initiative in the learning process throughout the one-year program.
Each intern shall select a senior faculty member in the zoological medicine service as an advisor within 6 weeks of the start of his/her program.
To make the intern aware of the teaching responsibilities (i.e., laboratory instruction, block didactic material, etc.).
The Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences offers internships in its zoological medicine and surgery program for a 12-month period beginning on or about July 1 each year. The program is an internship based primarily in the zoological medicine and surgical service to provide a base of advanced zoological medicine and surgery clinical training. There are opportunities for interns to pursue areas of special interest in addition to other clinical rotations. Individuals completing the internship program should have a sound background of zoological medicine to enter a residency, private practice, academic clinical science, or allied medical fields.
Twelve 4-week blocks will be devoted to small animal medicine and surgery, predominantly based out of the zoological medicine and surgery service. The assignments of interns may vary with the needs of the Zoological Medicine Service, The Small Animal Clinical Sciences Department and the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. Interns can expect to spend roughly three quarters of the blocks assigned to the Zoological Medicine and Surgery Service.
Emergency and on-call services will be provided by the zoological medicine and surgery intern as directed by the Zoological Medicine and Surgery Service Clinician on Duty.
One seminar presentation will be required. Each intern is strongly encouraged to submit a manuscript for publication to their advisor for review on March 1 after the employment date. The seminar will be presented in conjunction with the intern-resident seminar series. The seminar must be presented before a certificate for the internship will be issued.
House Officer rounds are held Thursday mornings from 8-9 am and are MANDATORY. The format of rounds will vary occasionally, but all interns should expect to present cases for discussion. Sometimes guest speakers may present a topic. Interns may also attend Resident rounds and journal clubs on other days of the week, as long as attendance does not interfere with clinical responsibilities.
Zoological Medicine Schubot Journal Club is held Tuesday mornings from 8-9 am and is MANDATORY for Zoo Medicine Interns.
Interns may be assigned to assist in various clinical and laboratory courses as deemed necessary by the Department Head. Under no circumstances shall an intern have sole responsibility for, have the major teaching responsibility in, or direct any required or elective course.
The intern shall be evaluated formally on or about September 1, November 1, February 1, and June 1. The evaluation process will consist of a review of the evaluations of the faculty for each block that the intern has completed with input from the intern's faculty advisor. This evaluation will be coordinated by the Chair of Internship Committee. The results will be reported in writing to the Department Head and the Associate Department Head in a timely manner. An exit interview will be held on or about June 15.