The Animal Assistance Foundation has awarded the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences a $25,000 grant to support the veterinary student externship program at Colorado Veterinary Medical Foundation’s Harrison Memorial Animal Hospital in Denver.
“The externship program is a very important part of our professional veterinary medical program and gives our students the opportunity to observe and practice veterinary medicine outside of a teaching hospital model,” said Dr. Pete Hellyer, Associate Dean for the Professional Veterinary Medical Program in the College. “Without the support of organizations such as the Animal Assistance Foundation, the Colorado Veterinary Medical Foundation, and others, we would have a very difficult time giving our students this important opportunity.”
Every year, CVMF hosts fourth-year veterinary students from Colorado State University for two-week rotations to participate in an externship designed to provide hands-on experience with Harrison Memorial Animal Hospital’s experienced veterinarians and technical staff.
During their two-week externship, students are given the opportunity to perform spay and neuter surgeries, assist in general surgeries and procedures, and perform various diagnostics such as reading X-rays, ultrasounds, and lab results.
Students hone their skills in obtaining adequate histories, performing physical examinations, and formulating a directed, concise diagnostic and therapeutic plan for their patients. Students learn to be comfortable with animal handling and restraint, simple anesthetic and surgical procedures, performing radiographic procedures, and recognizing infectious diseases. Students also learn to communicate well with clients, veterinarians, technicians and other staff.
The Colorado Veterinary Medical Foundation helps the veterinary students gain a better understanding of not-for-profit veterinary medicine and how not-for-profit hospitals, such as Harrison Memorial, influence and contribute to the communities they serve while providing quality care to pet owners with financial need.
The Animal Assistance Foundation is a Colorado-based, non-profit foundation that provides leadership and support in improving animal welfare in the state of Colorado. The Foundation offers charitable support through their grantmaking program to organizations that advance the Foundation’s goal of establishing Colorado as a model state for the care and humane treatment of animals.