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Medical Center for Birds

Avian Medicine and Surgical private practice
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.
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.
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.
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
Brian Speer
Posted: 06/20/2014
Oakley, CA
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