Medical Center for Birds

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Avian Medicine and Surgical private practice
The typical four week preceptorship program for veterinary students passes quickly. There are no specific scheduled “duties” for students, and the practice is staffed with adequate support to allow students to help out, but not be necessarily scheduled as a part of the support staffing during this entire period. During this time, the student will be encouraged to assume a role of “primary” responsibility for management of clinical cases under direct supervision. These responsibilities will include meeting clients, collection of history and initial physical examination findings, recommending and defending a diagnostic set of recommendations, interpreting these findings, and making sound therapeutic recommendations for specific patients. Students will be encouraged to participate in daily morning in-patient rounds, and weekly journal review rounds Friday mornings. There will be direct exposure to endoscopy, endosurgical procedures, microsurgical techniques as well as common medical procedures during this entire preceptorship. During the final week of the preceptorship, students are encouraged to select a topic of interest and present a formal lecture to the staff for discussion on their last Friday morning.
  • Dr Brian Speer is certified through the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) in avian practice, and through the European College of Zoological Medicine (ECZM) in avian species.
  • Also in the same practice, Dr Geoff Olsen is certified through the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) in avian practice, and Dr Brenna Fitzgerald certified through the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) in avian practice. Nathaniel Kane is preparing to begin his first year of ABVP residency in avian practice.
There is a full library present in the practice, and students are strongly encouraged to utilize on-line access to university library and VIN resources as they research individual cases.
These are fairly well outlined under the discussion of Description Experience. Students are expected to participate, and to interact with clients, patients and staff in a collegial and professional manner.
Students will be surpervised directly by one or more staff veterinarians, and will have some opportunity to train with and learn technical skills from the RVT nursing staff as well. A typical full work day will be 8-10 hours in the building.
Medical Center for Birds
3805 Main Street, Oakley, CA 94561
avnvet [at] aol [dot] com
Brian Speer
Posted: 06/20/2014