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 general practice and emergency experience.
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 in-house 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.

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Rascal Unit / Rascal Animal Hospital has 10 Veterinarians:

  • Dr. A Gonzalez is the hospital owner.  She spends the majority of her time performing surgery either in our hospital facility or on our mobile units.
  • Dr. Crystal Decker is the medical director.  She has a special interest in emergency medicine and soft tissue surgery.   
  • Dr. Michelle Matusicky is part of our emergency and surgery team.  She has special interest in orthopedics.
  • Dr. Kim Carter works on our mobile units performing high volume spay/neuter.
  • Dr. Farol Chanum is our primary general practice doctor.  She enjoys wellness and preventative medicine.
  • Dr. Cyrus Wegbreit is our lone non-OSU graduate (He hails from VT).  He primarily practices emergency and general practice.  He also enjoys soft tissue surgery.
  • Dr. Natalie Ziegler is one of our primary emergency and general practice doctors.  She enjoys soft tissue surgery and internal medicine.
  • Dr. Amber Kostalansky is one of our primary emergency and general practice doctors.  She enjoys soft tissue surgery and internal medicine.
  • Dr. Heather Lane is currently part of our emergency team.  She is also currently pursuing her MPH at OSU.
  • Dr. Janelle Nerone is one of our primary general practice doctors.  She enjoys emergency medicine and surgery.

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.
    • Work on client communication skills.
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.
Rascal Unit/Rascal Animal Hospital
5830 Britton Parkway
Dublin, OH 43016

Rascal Unit (secondary location)- Mobile surgeries
6365 Old Avery Rd., Ste. 9
Dublin, OH 43016
missy [dot] matusicky [at] gmail [dot] com
Dr. Missy Matusicky
Updated: 03/20/2013