A very rewarding medial career that provides needed medical attention to our animal friends is veterinarian medicine. A veterinarian is a trained and licensed medical professional who specializes in the medical care of animals.
There are many individuals who have a love for animals who may wish to combine that love with a profession in the medical community. To become a veterinarian requires a significant commitment of time. This extensive process requires a significant number of years in the classroom as well as practical on the job experience. This on the job training is known as veterinary internships.
How veterinary internships work and the experiences that the intern can expect are important components of the veterinary internship program.
How Veterinary Internships Work
Formal veterinary internships are opportunities that are offered through universities that allow for the veterinarian students to work under the professional guidance of licensed veterinarians. Veterinary internships are available through local veterinarian offices or can be offered through public or private zoos.
The purpose of veterinary internships is to provide for a broad range of experiences that will allow the intern to fully understand the profession, engage in the medical treatment of animals and satisfy part of the requirements in becoming a licensed veterinarian.
The specifics of veterinary internships can vary from university to university. However, as a general rule, an internship program can range from a summer experience to a full one-year internship opportunity. In addition, depending upon the program, academic credit may or may not be given for the participant’s work in the internship program.
Other requirements may need to be adhered to in order to be awarded a certificate of completion. Such requirements may be the successful completion of an internship seminar and endorsement of the collaborating veterinarian.
The participating intern can expect to be involved in most facets of veterinarian work. Some of those medical opportunities will include experience in the areas of cardiology, emergency care, anesthesiology, dermatology, radiology and assisting in the operating room. These opportunities are afforded to the intern through a rotation process. For example a certain period of time will be spent in radiology, emergency care, etc.
Additional exposure to the various facets of veterinarian work will include the involvement in a number of procedures. Some of those procedures may include the spaying and neutering of animals. Also, veterinary internships will provide valuable instruction on the importance of immunizations, animal care and control of the animal population.