RVMG Internship/Externship for Students (Small Animal, Exotics, Raptors)
Rose Veterinary Management
Location: Bentonville, Arkansas
Required Education: DVM or equivalent
Potential for weekly stipend
RVMG VETERINARY INTERNSHIPS AND EXTERNSHIPS
Our veterinary student extern/intern program is designed for fouth year veterinary students on rotation wishing to gain additional exposure to diagnostic and therapeutic services for dogs, cats, exotics, and additional specialty patients in a small animal general practice setting. We work with the local Animal Control and shelter, and a 501c3 organization that provides medial care to raptors and avian wildlife. We are a group of four small animal veterinary clinics nestled near the foothills of the Ozark Mountains in Bentonville, Arkansas. We strive to provide quality medicine and cultivate healthy veterinary workplace environments at all of our locations.
Veterinary students choosing to intern or extern with our veterinary clinics will be assigned a primary veterinary hospital and veterinarian mentor based on their interests and goals. Internships and Externships are normally two to three weeks in duration, but longer durations will be considered pending circumstances. All four of our locations are primarily small animal general practices with no on-call and rotating Saturday shifts. Specific practices have additional exposure options for raptor/wildlife medicine, shelter and animal control medicine, and exotic medicine pending interest. Internships and externships are expected to be 80-100% small animal with 0-20% special interest selection. Student interns and externs are expected to work an average of 42 hours a week and may be asked to work both weekends to maximize exposure to cases and experiences.
The Rose Veterinary Clinics Internships and Externship Program offers a student stipend up to $100.00 per week. We do not offer housing, though can suggest local, long term stay hotels. Average workday hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. with students interested in raptor or animal control experiences having occasional shifts that may extend past 8:00 p.m. pending caseloads. Reading requirements may be assigned during the evenings by your primary mentor. Applications require a cover letter, letter of recommendation, and two references. Our internships and externships are hands on and often fast pace – we always have a great time!
Position type and expected hours of work: • Full Time • Monday - Saturday • Weekend, Evenings and Holiday shifts may be required • May be required to work beyond a scheduled shift depending upon case load.
Education and Experience: • 3rd or 4th year veterinary student
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Medical • Assist in examining animals to provide quality wellness and diagnostic medicine. • Provide consultation on cases and communicate with DVM • Perform laboratory procedures and diagnostic tests. • Operate all diagnostic equipment and interpret the results. • Follow discharge guidelines for hospitalized and post-surgery patients and treatment plan guidelines for clients to ensure proper patient treatment in the home environment including client follow up post hospitalization. • Scientific knowledge accompanied by basic intellectual attitudes, ethical professional attitudes and behaviors and moral principles that are essential for a responsible veterinarian to possess. • Preform other duties assigned. Clerical • Document actions by completing forms, reports, logs and patient records. Customer Service • Interact with clients and employees in a manner that shows sensitivity, tact and professionalism. • Answer client questions and provide education on various aspects of internal medicine care and treatment. • Call back/follow-up with clients; recommend medical progress visits when appropriate. Veterinary Policies/Procedures • Follow discharge guidelines for hospitalized and post-surgery patients and treatment plan guidelines for clients to ensure proper patient treatment in the home environment including client follow up post hospitalization. • Participate in business development as instructed by management and/or ownership. • Attend team meetings and other pertinent in-house training. Personnel • Train and supervise team members who handle and care for animals; as needed. • Deal with clients and employees in a manner that shows sensitivity, tact and professionalism. • Provide guidance and leadership to the healthcare team that will positively influence the level of care and service provided to the clients and patients.
COMPETENCY: Professional Skills • Sufficient motor function to elicit information from patients by palpation, auscultation, percussion and other diagnostic maneuvers. The associate should be able to execute motor activities reasonably required to provide general care and safe restraint, to perform diagnostic procedures and to provide medicine treatment to patients. • Good judgment in patient assessment, diagnostic and therapeutic planning; associate must be able to identify and communicate this knowledge to others when appropriate. • The associate must possess the mental and emotional health required for full utilization of his or her intellectual abilities, the exercise of good judgment, the prompt completion of all responsibilities and responsibilities attendant to the diagnosis and care of patients, and the development of mature, sensitive and effective relationships with clients and the health care team. • This internship will require a working knowledge basis of the duties listed below: o Knowledge of principles, theories and practices of veterinary medicine and science. Knowledge of the procedures used for receiving, treating, and scheduling patients, for ordering medical supplies, and requesting laboratory tests. o Ability to read and interpret documents, including federal and state regulations, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals, medical texts. o Ability to write reports and correspondences. o Knowledge of the use, care, and storage of veterinary instruments, materials, and equipment including sterilization techniques for various instruments and materials. o Biology – Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment. o Medicine and Dentistry — Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures. o Client and Personal Service — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing client and personal services. This includes client needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of client satisfaction. o Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications. o Chemistry — Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods. o Sales and Marketing — Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems. • Must have active listening, critical thinking, complex problem solving, time management, judgment and decision-making skills. • Possession of strong organizational skills. • Knowledge of the spelling and meaning of commonly used terminology of veterinary medicine to accurately record results of tests and file veterinary medical reports according to alpha, numeric or subject matter headings. • Commitment to practicing the highest standard of medicine, upholding the veterinary code of ethics. • Ability to multi-task • Ability to speak with clients and to hear and observe patients to elicit information, describe changes in mood, activity and posture, and perceive nonverbal communications. • Ability to communicate effectively, efficiently and sensitively with patients, owners, peers and team members showing compassion, integrity and concern for others. Communication includes speech, reading and writing • Verbal communication — Talk to others to convey information effectively. • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Possess exceptional interpersonal communication skills. • Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. • Requires active listening skills, giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points be made, asking questions as appropriate and not interrupting at inappropriate times. • Requires telephone conversations • Requires use of electronic mail • Requires writing letters and memos • Requires face-to-face discussions with individuals or team members
Rose Veterinary Management Group (RVMG) manages four privately owned and operated small animal veterinary clinics located in Northwest Arkansas. We are passionate about practicing quality medicine while promoting a healthy work environment for all staff through exceptional teamwork, communication, and leadership.