St. Joe Center Veterinary Hospital

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We are an AAHA accredited and AAFP cat-friendly accredited practice, devoted to practicing up-to-date, high-level medicine while working with our clients, educating them as to the individual needs of their pet. The candidate will see a steady, varied group of general practice experiences. This includes, but is not limited to, regular outpatient appointments, soft tissue surgery and dentistry and oral surgery. As a hospital that places teaching high among our core values, the candidate will be challenged with learning opportunities, as well as regularly experience what it is is like to teach clients our goals, objectives and answers through a variety of procedures.
Two staff doctors; in-house library; radiology (including separate dental radiology); surgery suite; complete array of dental/oral surgery equipment; in-house and quick reference lab access/turn-around; six examination rooms; Avimark practice software. (There is also an associated emergency and specialty referral practice that has access to boarded surgeons and an internist, including a suite of other diagnostics such as CT, ultrasound, advanced surgery, and 24-hour care. These resources are often utilized, but the candidates core experience is with the daytime general practice.)
Easy access to in-house library of texts, journals and computer-accessible information (including VIN). Regular case discussion and review. Ease of access to all levels of staff for any and all questions; we encourage active learning, growth and regular questions.
  • The candidate will spend the large majority of their time directly with one of the staff veterinarians. They will go in with a wide variety of outpatient appointments, observe and - at the discretion of the surgeon - assist in surgical procedures and help with a wide variety of technical procedures (including radiology, blood draws, etc.)
  • The candidate is expected to be actively engaged in their own learning process, which includes individual study for answers outside of what the medical staff might teach them. They will have regular contact time with the staff doctors during their experience to help guide their progress. The practice strives to work regularly to change and grow alongside of modern medicine and science, so the candidate is encouraged to ask questions, research and present any ideas that they might have.
  • They will be routinely asked questions and challenged to learn by walking through cases, understanding the decision making process and interpreting results in a variety of tests. They are not expected to have all the answers as this is a learning program, yet they are expected to be able to know how to seek those answers out when given time and resources. We try to set aside regular time to address their questions; while with a busy schedule this may not always be possible in the moment, time is often set-aside to review and help explore any aspects they are not certain about.
  • They should be highly engaged, curious, self-motivating and eager to tackle a wide-variety of tasks and opportunities. They should greatly enjoy learning and teaching. They will be able to experience both the "ordinary" and the uncommon in day-to-day practice, and should enjoy both in equal measure.
  • The day-to-day schedule is normally two blocks of four hours of outpatient per day (8-12 / 2-6), with a two-hour block in the middle for rounds, paperwork, discussion and lunch. Three of five days per week one doctor is in surgery (from approximately 7:30-3PM) while the other is in outpatient. The surgical doctor performs outpatient the last 3 hours of their day as well.
  • The student will generally be attached to a doctor during that entire process. Therefore, they can expect approximately 40 hours of contact time per week, and roughly 8-10 per day. (During busy times, it may be more than this.) A great deal of this time is observing appointments and surgery - assisting with technical aspects as possible/permitted. Time for discussion and teaching is made where possible, with ample opportunity in the 12-2 period as well as before and after outpatient (when the business is closed but the staff is still completing tasks). We strive to not conclude each day until the day's questions are answered and understood.
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St. Joe Center Veterinary Hospital
6358 St Joe Center Road
Ft Wayne IN 46835
260.485.1602
260.485.0116
stjoe [at] nva [dot] net
Dr. Brandon Stapleton
Posted: 03/19/14