Shelter Medicine Elective

If you are interested, during your 4th year off-site elective experience, we provide a list of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine's previously approved locations.

If you choose not to work at any of the pre-approved sites, please find your own elective location and submit a request for approval through The College of Veterinary Medicine.

New York, NY

Printable program and application Description Shelter medicin - herd health, disease control & prevention, vaccines, intake exams.

Channahon, IL

Description Animal Care Center of Plainfield is a high volume practice open 7 days a week. It is also home of the Humane Society of Plainfield. In addition we operate Mallard Point Veterinary Clinic, Hinsdale Animal Hospital, and Oswego Animal Hospital.

Columbia, TN

Description The externship program at the Animal Emergency Clinic of Maury County, LLC (AECMC) actually involves three distinct sections: Emergency Medicine, Private Practice and Humane Society Spay/Neuter. Our externship program provides a wide range of experiences with multiple points of view from many different people.

Boston, MA

Description Students will gain experience in both clinical animal behavior and shelter behavior. Students will participate in behavior appointments with private clients, under direct supervision of a behavior specialist. Students will observe and participate in canine and feline behavior evaluations of shelter animals, participate in discussions of shelter pets' training programs, set up training programs for shelter pets, and participate in training programs. Opportunities also exist to participate in our shelter medicine program and Center for Shelter Dogs research projects.

Pittsburgh, PA

Type of Experience: Shelter surgery, especially spay/neuter surgery D

Chicago Ridge, IL

Type of Experience: Veterinarian practice for small animals.

Chicago, IL

Description Experience: Students get an overview of shelter medicine.

various USA locations & in Manitoba, Canada

Shelter Medicine Externship Opportunities For Veterinary Students Shelter Medicine Internship & Residency Opportunities for Veterinarians Details Jeanette O'Quinn from Ohio Department of Health has provided the college with the ODH listing of agencies and organizations that perform shelter assessments. The list includes 14 states and the Canadian province of Manitoba with over 20 agencies represented.

Kanab, UT

Description Students perform spays & neuters. They assist with other surgeries (or perform them under supervision). They do rounds at the cat & rabbit areas (with the option of doing rounds at birds & horses). They assist in appointments & collaborate on medical workups.

2455 Remount Road North Charleston, SC 29406

Type of Experience:  Shelter Medicine  Practice Name:   Charleston Animal Society     Description Experience:  Open Admissions Shelter in No-Kill community; leader in the Southeast in spay/neuter and animal welfare initiatives Institutional Resources:  1 veterinarian with shelter medicine master's certificates, three associates with combined 15 years' shelter experience

Cleveland, OH

Description Details High volume spay/neuter (will be time for hands-on surgeries) Infectious disease control in flow of animals in shelter Lots of hands-on examination & diagnostics Associate Veterinarians and special expertise available Melissa Kauffman, DVM; 5 yrs private practice experience & 1 yr shelter experience; 1-2 yr owner/manager experience 3 other spay/neuter surgeons Educational Resources journals books VIN Shelter Med

Denver, CO

Type of Experience:  Small Animal & Shelter Medicine  Practice Name:     Dumb Friends League     Description Experience:

Columbus, OJ

Franklin County Department of Animal Care and Control Description Providing medical care for 250 to 300 dogs on a daily basis. Details Associate Veterinarians and special expertise available No details on record.  Educational Resources None on record.

Russell, OH

Description Assist in evaluation and treatment of medial and surgical cases at this limited admission shelter. Opportunity for students to perform routine surgeries (primarily spay/neuter) under direct supervision of veterinarian on duty depending on student's level of experience. Details Associate Veterinarians and special expertise available Megan Volpe, DVM, shelter medicine exclusive practice, member Association of Shelter Veterinarians

Houston, TX

Type of Experience: Shelter medicine, animal cruelty investigations, wildlife

Lancaster, PA

Type of Experience: Shelter Medicine Description Experience:

Fairport, NY

Description The student will be involved in all aspects of shelter medicine including performing surgeries (S/N, soft tissue, orthopedics), evaluating and treating sick animals, assisting in cruelty cases and forensic necropsies, and behavior evaluations.

Boulder, CO

Type of Experience: Shelter medicine externship in premier animals shelter. Private, non-profit open admission humane society w/ Animal Contracts with surrounding communities to house stray animals. 9,500 annual intake. 92% live-release-rate.

Bend, OR

Type of Experience: Experience in shelter medicine including surgery, medical care, and rounds.

Dayton, OH

Type of Experience: Shelter Medicine

Tucson, AZ

Type of Experience: Intensive experience at high volume spay/neuter clinic in a non-profit humane society in Tucson, Arizona. Duties include spay/neuter and other soft tissue surgery such as eye enucleations and limb amputations as need arises.

Salisbury, MA

Type of Experience: high-volume, high-quality, low-cost spay/neuter of cats

Southfield, MI

Description Expose student to numerous programs associated with a large urban humane society, including veterinary practice (surgery, medicine and population health), cruelty investigations, animal behavior and modification, and shelter/adoption programs. Details Institutional Resources Students are afforded an opportunity to work alongside a team of approximately 15 staff veterinarians at our three veterinary hospitals.

Mississippi State, MS

Type of Experience: Spay/neuter shelter surgery elective Description

Dayton, OH

Description Application of herd medicine/epidemiology in shelter setting Surgical experience including pediatric spay/neuter Variety of hands-on learning opportunities such as court case exams, necropsy Opportunity to practice procedure on cadaver Details Associate Veterinarians and special expertise available Not on record

Akron, OH

Type of Experience: Shelter medicine and high quality/high volume spay neuter in a 501c3 non-profit rescue setting.

Portland, OR

Type of Experience: Small Animal Primary Care/Shelter Medicine Descri

Oswego, IL

Type of Experience:   Small Animal... Shelter Medicine  Practice Name:  Oswego Animal Hospital/Help Save Pets  Description Experience:   Students will concentrate on shelter medicine and on a daily basis will be doing spays/neuters, physical exams, patient check-in and routine medical care for the shelter anmilas. Students will also have the opportunity to assist in more advanced hospital patient surgeries like orthopedics. 

Philadelphia, PA

Description of Experience: Externs spend time in the shelter hospital doing spays and neuters, time in the front clinic at animal control. Focus: shelter medicine. Institutional Resources: 10 vets on staff for front clinic, shelter medicine + surgery doctors. Educational Resources: Computer databases Responsibilities expective of participating students: Work in the shelter hospital and assist with animal care, participate in all aspects of programs.

various locations in North & South America

Description The veterinary student will gain clinical experience in population control through rural area veterinary services. The opportunity provides the veterinary student the experience of a trap and release spay/neuter program. Wild dogs and locally owner pets can be presented for basic medical treatment and castration/ovariohysterectomy procedures. Experience in basic medial care, anethesia planning, induction, surgical technique and monitoring will be gained.

Johnstown, OH

Description Hands-on, high volume spay/neuter, wellness exams in a mobile veterinary unit. Details Associate Veterinarians and special expertise available Not on record  Educational Resources Textbooks Association of Shelter Veterinarians database ASPCA resources Responsibilities Physical exams, surgeries (primarily spays/neuters), understanding of anesthesia Student Supervision 12 hours/day, 4 days/week Housing No

Phoenix, AZ

Description Comprehensive shelter medicine experience. We are an open intake shelter that takes in approx 45,000 animals/yr. Students will gain experience in high volume spay/neuter, emergency and critical care of sick/injured stray animals, orthopedic and spay/neuter surgeries. Students may also participate in cruelty investigations and forensic studies. Details Associate Veterinarians and special expertise available We have eight full time veterinarians on staff. We have a digital x-ray machine, in-house blood work and ultrasound.

Maumee, OH

Type of Experience: Shelter medicine Description Experience:

Marysville, OH

Description The student will be expected to participate with preventative, medical and surgical procedures required to care for and help make adoptable the animals at the shelter (generally cats, dogs and occasional pocket pets).

Virginia Beach, VA

Type of Experience: Low-income veterinary clinic, low-cost spay/neuter clinic, shelter medicine, high volume spay/neuter, mobile spay/neuter unit

Washington, DC

Description Details shelter  surgeries work up and treat shelter cases assist with public low-income appointments observe behavioral evaluations assist specialities Associate Veterinarians and special expertise available Regular visits to shelter by board-cetified specialists in surgery, ophthalmology and neurology.

Pittsburgh PA

Type of Experience: Small Animal and Shelter Medicine Practice Name: Western Pennsylvania Humane Society Description Experience: Student spent time in various phases of shelter medicine including spay/neuter surgery, shelter medical exams and low-cost wellness clinic duties.