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Humane League of Lancaster County

Shelter Medicine
elective exposes the veterinary student to the realm of shelter
medicine and the unique challenges of practicing veterinary medicine in
that setting. Surgical experience focuses on spay/neuter surgeries on
all ages of dogs and cats as well as some other more salvage surgical
procedures (enucleations, amputations, etc.). The students are expected
to work up medical and surgical cases that come into the Humane League
and assist at the various low cost medical/vaccine clinics the League
offers to the public on a regular basis. Discussion and education is
focused on the more specific aspects of veterinary medicine in the
shelter, with ephasis on the herd health mentality and various treatment
options that can be pursued in a shelter setting. By the end of the
rotation, the student is expected to have a better understanding of
shelter medicine and the need for veterinarians to help out in this area
of animal care. This is a very hands on and primary care type of
rotation that allows the student to gain very valuable practical
experience for his/her veterinary career
are expected to come to the shelter every day they are scheduled and
prepared to assist in whatever tasks await the veterinary team on that
day. They are expected to have a good general understanding of
veterinary medicine to discuss basic prinicples. They are also expected
to have basic knowledge of surgical principles. A strong desire to
research learning issues the arise during basic discussion of diseases
and cases is welcomed. Students are encouraged to think about solving
problems or complications that arise in treatment of animals themselves
and have options in mind when discussing cases with the veterinarian.
are under direct supervision of a veterinarian at all times during the
rotation. Dr. Langlois is the primary supervisor of the students. A
Veterinarian is always observing the student in surgery and is
accompanying the student on any exams that may be performed.
Housing is sometimes available with Dr. Langlois
Humane League of Lancaster County
2195 Lincoln Highway East

Lancaster, PA 17602
(717) 393-6551
(717) 295-1391
Dr. Bryan Langlois, DVM Medical Director
Posted: 04/03/13
Lancaster, PA
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