Cape Cod Veterinary Specialists

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Privately owned small animal veterinary 24 hour emergency and critical care service in a specialty referral hospital. The veterinary student extern would gain experience in emergency triage and stabilization as well as diagnosis and treatment of life threatening disease processes. Our patients range from those needing out patient treatment to those requiring critical care with aggressive life support and mechanical ventilation. The facility hosts a small animal ECC residency program so weekly didactic rounds are part of the externship program.
The veterinary extern shadows small animal emergency and critical residents during their shifts on emergency receiving and ICU patient management. The extern would be responsible for determining a differential diagnosis list for each case seen and particpating in the diagnostic and treatment plan for each patient. The externship would include participation in procedures such as thoracocentesis, abdominocentesis, pericardiocentesis, cystocentesis and chest tube placement.
  • Two experienced emergency associates
  • Six small animal emergency and critical care residents
  • Two board certified critical care (ACVECC) specialists
  • Two board certified surgical (ACVS) specialists
  • Affiliation with a board certified oncologist (ACVIM, oncology)
  • On line access to JVECC, JVIM, Compendium for continuing education for the small animal practitioner, Veterinary Sugery, JAVMA and AJVR are available through members of the CCVS staff.
  • An up to date library which is used for the Emergency and Critical residency with texts covering internal medicine, surgery, critical care, anesthesia/analgesia, mechanical ventilation, pharmacology, physiology and infectious diseases is available for the use of the veterinary extern.
The extern is responsible for working with the residents (shifts assigned ~ 40hrs/ week) on cases in the emergency and critical care department. This will include writing daily SOAPs and discharge instructions when indicated for patients. The extern will also be responsible for helping with patient care, client communication and assisting with patient management under the supervision of doctors on the service.
The students will be directly supervised by MA licensed veterinarians working as SA ECC residents at CCVS. The students and residents are also directly supervised by two ACVECC diplomats. Each shift is overseen by one of the ACVECC diplomats.
Members of the hospital staff may be able to house students, but no official housing available.
Cape Cod Veterinary Specialists
11 Bourne Bridge Approach
Buzzards Bay, MA
louisarahilly [at] hotmail [dot] com
Louisa J. Rahilly, DVM DACVECC
Updated: 04/23/12