Rascal Unit/Rascal Animal Hospital

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Opportunity for the senior veterinary student to perform sterilization procedures in a high volume clinic. This allows the student to develop skills and confidence in routine surgical procedures. There is also opportunity for some general practice or emergency experience at the student's request.
Rascal Animal Hospital is a 24-hour AAHA Accredited facilty. We see wellness and sick pet appointments Monday-Friday, and are open daily for emergencies and walk-ins. We have full inhouse IDEXX laboratory equipment, digital radiography, and ultrasound available. We also perform spay/neuter, soft tissue, and orthopedic procedures at this location. Students have the option to extern in surgery, general practice, emergency, or a combination depending on their interests.

Rascal Unit is a mobile surgical unit focusing on high volume sterilization procedures. We travel throughout Ohio to counties in need of basic veterinary care. Students who choose to extern in surgery will have some days on the mobile units as well as at Rascal Animal Hospital.
Rascal Unit / Rascal Animal Hospital has 6 veterinarians:
  • Dr. Crystal Decker has a special interest in emergency medicine.
  • Dr. Gonzalez, Dr. Duncan, and Dr. Decker perform the majority of the surgical procedures.
  • Dr. Aubrey Griffin has a special interest in exotics and does primarily general practice work.
  • Dr. Janelle Nerone performs primarily general practice and emergency work.
  • Dr. Michelle Matusicky has a special interest in orthopedics.
There is access to JAVMA, AAHA magazine, and Compendium in addition to an up to date library including medicine, surgery, laboratory, and exotic medicine books. We also have computer access to VIN and the AAHA website.
  • Evaluation of patients presented for surgery
  • Calculation and administration of sedative and anesthetic agents, inducing anesthesia
  • Performing sterilization procedures
  • Determining appropriate post-op medications
  • Students will also receive experience performing venipuncture, placing intravenous catheters, inducing anesthesia, performing endotracheal intubation, and monitoring anesthesia.
  • General Practice and Emergency:
  • Perform physical exams on healthy and sick patients
  • Recommend appropriate wellness care for yearly visits
  • Discuss differential diagnoses, recommended diagnostics tests, and appropriate medical or surgical treatments for sick patients with the DVM on duty.
The student will always have direct supervision by one of our staff veterinarians (24 hours a day, 7 days a week). Licensed Veterinary Technicians continuously monitor anesthetized patients and assist with induction and recovery.
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Rascal Unit/Rascal Animal Hospital
Rascal Animal Hospital (primary location)
5830 Britton Parkway
Dublin, OH 43016

Rascal Unit (secondary location)- Mobile surgeries
6365 Old Avery Rd., Ste. 9
Dublin, OH 43016
614-791-7729
614-791-7624
crystaldecker88 [at] yahoo [dot] com
Crystal Decker
Updated: 03/20/2013