Godspeed Animal Care

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Small animal/ Exotic veterinary clinic, with predominantly canine and feline cases, but a good variety of avian and reptile cases. Also, rehabilitation center with underwater treadmill and ongoing rehab cases and evaluation.
Student would have exposure to a wide range of small animal/ Exotic cases - feline and canine cases dominate, but we do see birds, reptiles, pocket pets and whatever wildlife is injured in our area. We average over 200 cases a year, from foxes, osprey, eagles and doves to turtles and possums. Student would have the opportunity to go into exam room with veterinarian, discuss cases, evaluate lab tests, perform venipuncture, cytocentesis by palpation or Ultrasound, assist in taking and evaluating radiographs, dental procedures, take and evaluate dental radiographs, assist in surgery, as well as learn to develop estimates for clients, and mostly observe clinician go over options and help client determine what course of action to take. Student would assist in euthanasias, and any other procedures veterinary staff is involved in.
Variety of specialty practices nearby, but the only additional boarding/ certification is Rehabilitation.
Javma, Clinical Briefs, AAHA, and all manner of textbooks available. Richmond Academy for Continuing Education meets the first Thursday of each month and student would be welcome to attend. Drs. meeting/ rounds each Monday afternoon. VIN membership.
Students will be expected to be present at clinic five days a week, from 8 AM till 5 or 6 PM, with lunch break mid day as time permits. Student will be expected to assist in whatever procedures are going on, be it venipuncture, animal restraint, radiography, etc. With four doctors and a technician staff of 2 LVTs and 3 LVT students, there is plenty of time for student to assist in exam room, practice examination and palpation skills, evaluate and discuss hospital patients with doctors, assist in surgery, etc. They will be assigned to a particular veterinarian for most of the time, but may be assigned to another veterinarian when that doctor is not present. This would allow for ongoing discussion and questions regarding treatment options and choices, costs of such treatments, as well as more hands-on activities to enrich the students experience.
The student would be assigned to a veterinarian for his or her hours at the clinic. If it was felt that they would benefit more from time with a technician ( i.e. dental cleanings), this would take place instead. Otherwise, it is hoped that the student would work closely with the doctor for the majority of 30-40 hours a week. (8 AM till 5 or 6 PM, 5 days a week)
Probably not, but possibly
Godspeed Animal Care
102 Tewning Rd
Williamsburg, VA 23188
757-253-0656
757-253-1080
pndgodspeed [at] cox [dot] net
Pamela Dumont, DVM, CCRP
Posted: 01/13/2014