Penn Vet Working Dog Center

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All aspects of working dog medicine including nutrition, behavior, training, dentistry, sports medicine, conditioning, disaster response, reproduction, emergency first aid, preventive medicine and genetics will be addressed. Students in their clinical year are welcome to apply for a 2-4 week rotation at the center. Students in their clinical year are welcome to apply for a 2-4 week rotation at the center. We accept summer interns as well. No stipend is provided.
All aspects of working dog medicine including nutrition, behavior, training, dentistry, sports medicine, conditioning, disaster response, reproduction, emergency first aid, preventive medicine and genetics will be addressed. There is both research and practical component to this externship. Our training center houses 15 dogs, we have 7000 sq ft of indoor dedicated space, outdoor agility and rubble piles. We provide all routine medical care on site and any additional care is provided by the Ryan Veterinary Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania.
The facility is staffed by Dr. Otto who is board certified in emergency and critical care and completing her rehab training and her training staff (3 full time and 3 part time trainers) and supported by volunteers including 4 veterinarians and numerous veterinary students.
All of the resources of the Penn Vet School are available in addition to an extensive library of books and videos specific to working dogs. Interns can participate in training seminars (first aid, fitness) offered by the PVWDC.
Students will participate in husbandry assessments including routine physical exams, administration of medications, first aid, semen collection, gait analysis, fitness and conditioning and behavioral training and modification. Active participation in research is encouraged, including cancer detection, gait analysis, diabetic alert training, DNA bank and behavioral studies.
The Externship rotation for veterinary students is Monday thru Friday. We are open from 7am to 7pm so students can plan on spending between 8 and 10 hours a day at the Center, which is a part of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. The students will be working with both the trainers and the veterinarians. They will be supervised at all times. Direct veterinary supervision will be available 50% of the time, but access to veterinarians will be available 100% of the time.
Housing is not provided - although we will email the Penn students for available shared housing.
Penn Vet Working Dog Center
3401 Grays Ferry Ave
Building 6179 South Bank
Philadelphia, PA 19146
(215)898-2200
(215)463-3870
cmotto [at] vet [dot] upenn [dot] edu
Dr. Cynthia Otto, DVM, PhD, DACVECC
Posted: 11/25/13