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Chicago Exotics Animal Hospital

are typically 3rd or 4th year veterinary students that have a strong
interest in the care of nontraditional pets. Externs are expected to
spend a 2 to 6 week rotation at the hospital but exceptions may be made
for shorter or longer stays. Externs are ancillary positions to the
hospital’s veterinarians, technicians, and customer service staff. The
externs will assist the doctor and technicians with a patient during the
taking of a medical history, examination, diagnosis, and treatment
phases. The externs will help maintain the veterinary facilities,
equipment, veterinary records, and supplies. They also assist in the
care of boarding animals. The externs are expected to participate fully
in all aspects of patient care under the supervision of the hospital
staff. The hospital is open 6 days a week with some evening hours.
Externs are expected to work 40+ hrs/week.
are 3 full time exotic veterinarians and 2 part time veterinarians in
this practice. In addition, there is a boarded internist in the
building, as well as an emergency practice.
JHMS, JAAV, All of the available avian or exotic animal text books

Goals Include experience in the following categories
  • Basic Avian Internal Medicine
  • Basic Avian Surgery
  • Small Mammal Internal Medicine
  • Small Mammal Surgery
  • Reptile and Amphibian Internal Medicine
  • Reptile and Amphibian Surgery
  • Fish Medicine and Surgery
  • Invertebrate Medicine and Surgery

And also possible experience in these categories depending on aptitude
Handling and restraint

  • Medical Prescription and or planning
  • Critical care (tube feeding, catheters, IO catheters, etc);
  • Venapuncture: exotic species and avian
  • Surgical understanding/aptitude
  • Client communications
  • Proper records management
  • Client Education/fluency in exotic and avian husbandry
  • Radiography
  • Basic lab techniques and understanding of in house lab equipment
  • Exotic cytology (CBC, fecals), sample preparation
  • Exotic lab submissions; where to submit samples
  • Grooming of avian and exotic patients
  • Understanding scheduling clients/Time Management
The student will be working directly with the veterinarian during the entire externship, therefore 40 hours a week.
Chicago Exotics Animal Hospital
3735 W Dempster St

Skokie, IL 60076
Susan Horton, DVM
Updated: 02/08/11
Chicago, IL
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