Fort Bragg Veterinary Medical Center

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Clinical Veterinary Medicine. Food Safety. Public Health. Active Duty Training.
Active duty training for veterinary students typically requires six weeks each year. This training is usually completed during the summer between school terms or as scheduled by the student. The length of the training for externship credit may vary with the requirements of the respective College of Veterinary Medicine but typically does not exceed six weeks.

The veterinary student will participate in regularly scheduled training and may vary with the timing of the externship. The training schedule is dictated by the internship curriculum. At a minimum the student will participate in the following:

Daily case rounds with staff: Special cases are reviewed and treatment plans for hospitalized patients are reviewed with case clinician and on-call staff.

Weekly Journal Club: Two intern selected (faculty approved) journal articles are discussed each week. One article covers a veterinary public health issue and the other is a clinically relevant medicine or surgery topic.
Scheduled training: At least two hours of training are conducted each week in other than clinical medicine. The topics covered are in leadership, clinic management and food sanitation. The purpose of this training is to give the intern the knowledge necessary to manage personnel and resources and prepare them for leadership roles as a Veterinary Corps Officer.

During the externship the student is expected to progress from shadowing a licensed veterinarian to making decisions concerning the care of patients in conjunction with a supervising veterinarian.
The faculty is comprised of a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine and a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. Adjunct faculty includes a residency trained veterinary surgeon. The facility is staffed by three military veterinarians and two civilian veterinarians. Support staff includes eleven veterinary technicians, four receptionists and one practice manager and eight food inspectors.
A substantial clinic library is available which holds an assortment of standard veterinary texts, clinical guides and reference books. Depending on the time of the externship we offer short courses in cultural Competency, Canine Behavior and Health Risk Communication that are free to the visiting student. Hard copy periodicals include JAVMA, Veterinary Economics, Veterinary Medicine and DVM 360. Other journals are available by request through sponsor's VIN account and coorporate online library.
Week 1: Student will shadow their sponsor in patient care and provide veterinarian assistant duties. During the first week the student will be exposed to outpatient appointments, equipment operation, treatment record maintenance and Military Working Dog visits. One day during the first week the student will participate in a food storage sanitation inspection with a military food inspector.**

Week 2: Perform duties as veterinary technician. Duties may include venipuncture, anesthesia monitoring, wound care and minor procedures aligned with the ability and confidence of the student, commensurate with year of school and as determined by the supervising veterinarian. One day during the second week, the student will participate in a food defense vulnerability assessment of one facility with a military food inspector**.

Week 3: (Continuation of Week 2) Perform duties as a veterinary technician assisting a veterinarian in the conduct of patient care. Student will also have the opportunity to observe and participate in surgical procedures and diagnostic imaging as available. Students will spend three days with the Branch Chief observing management functions and activities. During these three days the students will receive individualized mentorship on expectations once they are activated and on their Army career progression.

Week 4: (Continuation of Week 3) Students will have a more involved role in patient treatment and care. Sponsor will provide time for the student to assess cases and make decisions for patient care and treatment plans. These plans will be reviewed by the supervising veterinarian. Students will also observe a commercial food processing sanitation audit as well as sanitation inspections of food retail and food preparation facilities. **

Weeks 5 and 6: Students conducting training for an extended externship will continue to participate in additional iterations of outpatient clinics, audits, surgery and inspections as appropriate. Based on clinic schedule, students will be assigned to other veterinarians on clinical rotations for these extended weeks.

**The timeline is intended to be a guide. Specific evolutions may vary from week to week as the schedule dictates.
The clinic is manned by at least one Veterinarian at all times; that is available for guidance, coaching, teaching and mentorship of visiting students. Students are assigned a sponsor and preceptor. The sponsor is a first or second year veterinary graduate that assists the student in coordinating schedules and navigating the operational processes of the VETCEN. The preceptor will be a member of the faculty that will provide overall mentorship and ensure appropriate housing, work schedule and transportation needs are fulfilled.
For students completing Active Duty Training housing is provided.
Fort Bragg Veterinary Medical Center
FORT BRAGG NC 28310-5000
(910) 643-1961
(910) 396-2913
gregory [dot] s [dot] laughlin [dot] mil [at] mail [dot] mil
Gregory S. Laughlin
Posted: 04/17/14