Objectives of the Internship Program
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
Individual Intern Advisor
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.
Responsibilities of Advisors
- To provide advice and guidance toward the fulfillment of the
zoological medicine and surgery internship as described by the
Internship Committee and as written in this document.
- To attend periodic evaluation on or about September 1, November
1, February 1, and June 1 following the employment date. This
evaluation process will be directed by the Chair of the Internship
Committee and its members. The written evaluation will be kept on
file by the chairperson of the Internship Committee.
- To assist the intern in starting a research project and
preparing a seminar to b e presented in June following the
Responsibilities of the Head of Department
and Section Chiefs
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
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.
- Services the zoological medicine and surgery intern MAY elect
to rotate through include: oncology; cardiology; dermatology;
dentistry; neurology; ophthalmology; soft tissue surgery;
- Services each zoological medicine and surgery intern WILL
rotate through include: anesthesiology; general surgery; daytime
emergency/critical care; elective time.
- In addition, the zoological medicine and surgery intern will
spend at least two out rotations: option for this rotation include
Houston Zoo, Gulf Coast Exotic Medicine, Research Time and San
- The availability of any given service will be dependent on the
number of house officers already assigned to that 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
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.
Guidelines for Block Schedules for Interns
- Faculty members are usually assigned house officers during
their blocks on service.
- Block assignments of residents are made first. Then, interns
will be preferentially placed into assignments where they will be
the sole house officer.
- Every effort will be made to have no more than 2 house officers
on a service, but circumstances may require the scheduling of 3
house officers at times.
- The Intern rotation assignment schedule will be provided by the
Senior Clinicians of the Zoological Medicine Service.
Changes in the block schedule:
- Any and all changes in the block schedule of the zoological
medicine and surgery intern must be approved in advance by the
clinicians involved, the coordinator of the block schedule and the
Zoological Medicine and Surgery Service chief. .
- No changes in the assignments of the zoological medicine and
surgery intern should be made without informing the coordinator of
the block schedule, the section chief(s), the zoological medicine
and surgery service chief, and the associate department head.
- ALL CHANGES MUST BE MANAGED THROUGH THE COORDINATOR OF THE
BLOCK SCHEDULE. The coordinator of the block schedule will inform
the chair of the Internship Committee about any changes in the
schedule for interns (to assure proper evaluations).
- No changes in the block schedule requested by the intern will
be allowed unless there is 1 full block between the time of the
change and the time of implementation of the change (e.g., a change
initiated in Block III cannot affect Block IV).