The Howell Mill Wellness Clinic of the Atlanta Humane Society

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Students have the opportunity to develop their clinical acumen by managing medical cases presented by our hosptial clients and their pets, as well as an opportunity to strengthen their surgical skills by performing ovariohysterectromy and castration surgeries on shelter animals. Occasionally opportunities to perform other surgeries are available but not guaranteed. Students work under the supervision of a veterinarian at all times.
The externship is open to third and fourth year students at accredited schools of veterinary medicine. We invite students to spend four weeks with us to gain clinical experience in a shelter setting. Some students are only available for 2-3 week externships. This is acceptable. Students are allocated the time slots they request on a first come basis. Only one student at a time can participate in the program. We are unable to accept students who are in the city for other externships, neither can we accommodate a request to come to perform surgery only. Our hospital is open to the public. The first 3-4 days is orientation to our policies and protocols. Students will begin seeing clients by day 4 or 5 of the first week. During weeks two through the end of their tenure, students work in outpatient services in the mornings from 8-12 and in surgery in the afternoon from 1 to 4. The clinic/hospital hours are Monday through Friday 8-5 with one hour for lunch. The student's last day of surgery is on the Wednesday of the last week of their tenure. Outpatient services usually consists of examinations for various presentations - eyes, ears, lameness, illness and of course, wellness examinations and vaccinations and other more routine procedures. We don't perform orthopedeic surgeries or manage chronic illnesses. Blood work is referred to Antech. We are an SPCA and sometimes see cases of abuse or neglect.
The veterinarian's personal library. Students are encouraged to bring their personal reference materials.
Students are to manage the medical and surgical cases as they are presented. Students do not perform surgeries or procedures of any kind on owned animals. In the case of owned animals, a student may assist the attending veterinarian. The students surgical cases are mainly sterilizations performed on healthy, adoptable shelter animals. Additionally, students are required to carry liability insurance with the AVMA/PLIT or otherwise provide proof of liability insurance coverage that is provided by their school.
The student will work under the supervision of two veterinarians: an attending veterinarian in outpatient services and an attending veterinarian in the surgical area. The hours are 8-5 Monday through Friday with one hour for lunch. The clinic/hospital is closed on Saturday and Sunday. Students will have access to the staff veterinarian at all times. Telephone access is available for after hours and weekend needs.
Yes. The apartment is onsite and a $150 stipend is provided.
The Howell Mill Wellness Clinc of the Atlanta Humane Society
981 Howell Mill Road, NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
404 974-2820
404 875-6723
gloriad [at] atlantahumane [dot] org
Gloria J. Dorsey, DVM, MPH
Updated: 03/05/12