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Off-Site Elective Guidelines & Suggestions for Employers

  • To start the process of becoming an off-site elective, please fill out the Create Offsite Elective Form
  • You will receive a confirmation email once your form has been submitted.
  • In the “Description of Elective Experience” we suggest being as detailed as possible so students understand your practice or business, the types of species you treat, and the overall goal of the elective experience. Examples include:
    • Our four-doctor mixed animal practice treats patients ranging from cats and dogs to horses and other farm animals. The student will ride along during farm calls, treat patients, and have daily discussions with the veterinarians. We serve a diverse clientele and are located in rural Pennsylvania.
    • Veterinary externs at will spend time on the production facilities learning health management and production practices. They will be involved with fish health exams and treatments on the farm in addition to spending time at the Diagnostic Laboratory participating in fish necropsies as well as performing bacteriology, virology, and molecular biology assays. Externs may also be involved with research projects that could include disease investigation, vaccine development and delivery, nutrition, brood fish selection, and others.
  • In the “Student Responsibilities” section, please list what the student will be responsible for and what they will learn at your place of business.  Examples include:
    • Student will be responsible for assisting at all farm calls, and taking primary case responsibility when deemed appropriate
    • Student will be responsible for charting medical records and communicating medication needs with clients
    • Students will participate in daily case discussions
    • Students will be allowed to assist in surgeries
    • Students will develop diagnostic plans
    • Student will be expected to perform physical exams
  • Off-Site elective locations may offer housing, a living stipend, or a scholarship. As of November 2019, students seeking off-site electives at approved sites that require student to be employed as a condition of their agreement, are able to be hired and paid while receiving academic credit, as an employee if the supervisor is a licensed Veterinarian or approved by the Associate Dean for Professional Programs.  The College of Veterinary Medicine will not participate in the employment agreements, as the agreement is between the student and the employer.  Students are encouraged to seek support from OSU Student Legal Services (student fees applicable) or other legal review before signing any employment contract.   
  • After a student has completed a rotation at your place of business, you will need to fill out the electronic evaluation form they provide. Instructions are included on the form.
  • If you have further questions regarding the off-site elective process, please email or call 614-688-2437