Externships

Students in the veterinary technology program are required to complete two externships.  Each externship is a minimum of 120 hours.  These externships provide students with real-life experiences before graduation.


Calling all veterinary practitioners!

We are looking to expand our externship opportunities across the nation for our students.  If you would be willing to host an extern, please contact Christine.Hoskinson@tamuk.edu with your practice's information.  We are looking for all types of opportunities!


Do you need an extra set of hands?

We would love to send you a veterinary technology student (or several!) to help your practice during an externship opportunity.  Our students are expected to function as a part of your team.


What can the students do?

Depending on the time of year, our students will have specific skill sets they have already acquired before coming to your practice.  See the lists below for skills they should know.

First Externship (after the Junior year)

Students going out on their first externship opportunity have completed the following courses:

Veterinary Medical Terminology & Pharmacologic Calculations
Anatomy and Physiology
Introduction to Veterinary Technology
Small Animal Medicine I and II
Diagnostic Imaging
Veterinary Clinical Pathology
Veterinary Parasitology

They should be expected to perform basic office procedures and recordkeeping, speak with clients, perform restraint and physical examinations of small animals, phlebotomy, injections, digital and film radiographs, basic clinical pathology evaluations including reading blood smears, fecal flotations for identification of intestinal parasites, and external parasite examinations and identification.

Second Externship (between Senior 1st and 2nd semesters)

Students going out on their first externship opportunity have completed the following courses in addition to above:

Surgical Nursing
Veterinary Pharmacology
Large Animal Medicine
Laboratory Animal Medicine

They should be expected to perform all of the above tasks plus surgical assisting as both circulating and scrub nurse as well as prepare medications.  Students at this point should be familiar with working around and performing basic procedures on horses, cattle, sheep, goats, and swine patients.  Students should also be familiar with handling and performing basic procedures on mice, rats, guinea pigs, and rabbits as well as providing client education regarding husbandry for small mammal pets.

*Students on externships have not yet been through our Anesthesia or Emergency/Critical Care courses.

This page was last updated on: December 15, 2017