Animal Specialty Group

Internal Medicine Externship
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Students will develop a detailed knowledge of the principles and techniques used in small animal medicine with emphasis on the evalutation, diagnosis and treatment of patients with medically-related diseases. Under the direct supervision of a ACVIM-certified Internal Medicine preceptor, students will participate in individual patient management including participation in clinical / medical reasoning regarding diagnostic testing and therapy. During the rotation the students are expected to refine the following skills to the level of a graduate entering the profession of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine:
1) Obtain a thorough history and communicate effectively with clients.
2) Perform a complete and accurate physical examination, including opthalmologic, otoscopic, dental, neurological and rectal examinations when indicated.
3) Identify and define clinical problems.
4) Develop a prioritized problem list, and define broad localizations, reasonable differential diagnoses, and appropriate diagnostic and therapeutic plans for each problem tailored to the specific patient.
5) Perform common diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. At the discretion of the preceptor, students may perform procedures which might include, but are not limited the following: Venipuncture; subcutaneous; intramuscular and intravenous injections; intravenous and urinary catheter placement; administer local and general anesthesia; fine needle aspirates of cutaneous masses or lymp nodes; abdominocentesis; rumenocentesis; nasogastric/orogastric intubation; diagnostic radiography and; diagnostic ultrasonongraphy.
6) Interpret results of diagnostic tests, identifying new problems and subsequently modify the initial problem list and differential diagnoses; develop additional diagnostic and treatment plans as indicated.
7) Communicate appropriately and professionally in the following contexts: Deliver concise verbal case presentations to their peers and precptors; deliver formal topic rounds; obtain complete case histories in an efficient manner; and participate in the delivery of both verbal and written client instructions (client education).
8) Determine the rationale for case referral, if necessary.
9) Understand the indications for; contraindications and side effects of pharmacologic agents commonly employed in small animal medicine.
Minimum of 10 hours per day 4 days per week


Animal Specialty Group
4641 Colorado Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90039
(818) 244-7977
(818) 507-9418
katz [at] asgvets [dot] com
Emilie Chaplow, VMD , Kimberly Winters, DVM, Rhonda Schulman, DVM
Updated: 01/21/11