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Penn Vet Working Dog Center

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
Dr. Cynthia Otto, DVM, PhD, DACVECC
Posted: 11/25/13
Location: 
Philadelphia, PA
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