Externship Program for Current Veterinary Students

Red Bank Veterinary Hospital offers an externship program for successful 3rd and 4th year veterinary students to further their clinical training. Participating students observe cases from diagnosis through treatment, in one of the largest privately owned veterinary specialty hospitals in the United States. Ask questions, participate in grand rounds and department rounds, and attend in-house continuing education lectures during your stay. Eligible students may apply for an externship lasting up to three weeks, with no more than two weeks spent on a single service.

A separate extern/preceptor program is available for students attending Western University School of Veterinary Medicine. This preceptor program fulfills specific requirements set forth for the Western University Fourth Year veterinary curriculum.

To apply to the RBVH Externship or RBVH-Western University Preceptor Program, contact Julie McCarthy, Extern Coordinator by email or phone (732) 747-3636, ext. 1736.

General Externship Program

Externships are available in the following departments:

  • Avian & Exotics
  • Cardiology
  • Clinical Nutrition (limited)
  • Emergency Medicine/Critical Care
  • Dermatology & Allergy (limited)
  • General Medicine & Surgery
  • Internal Medicine
  • Neurology & Neurosurgery
  • Oncology (Medical, Radiation, Integrative)
  • Ophthalmology (limited)
  • Surgery (Orthopedic & Soft Tissue)

 

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We are a private practice hospital and our patients have loving homes. Therefore, we are liable for the care and treatment of our patients. While participation in cases and interaction with staff is strongly encouraged, we limit clinical involvement to participation within Red Bank Veterinary Hospital approved guidelines. We appreciate your cooperation and anticipate that you will find your time at our hospital to be a rewarding learning experience.

Permitted:

  • Job shadowing
  • Participating in grand rounds and department rounds
  • Offering restraint for procedures at the discretion of the attending doctor
  • Observing procedures and surgeries
  • Attending all in-house lectures
  • Asking all the questions necessary to make this a valuable experience

Restricted:

  • Performing procedures, treatments, or examinations
  • Assisting in codes
  • Updating clients
  • Giving verbal direction to staff members
  • Participating in hospital meetings other than rounds and lectures
  • Entering information into a patient’s medical record

Application Process:

  • To maximize the teaching experience, externships are offered for durations of one, two, or three weeks with only three students accepted to RBVH at a time.
  • Our program fills up quickly, and we work on a first-come, first-served basis. Prospective students are encouraged to contact us early.
  • We cannot accommodate any students from the second week in June through the first week in August
  • Once accepted into the externship program, you will be required to provide the following:
    • Requested arrival date and duration of visit
    • A choice of four areas of specialty interest, with preference noted
    • Emergency contact information
    • Current address and phone number
    • Proof of rabies vaccine status
    • Proof of medical insurance
    • Proof of liability insurance

Western University Preceptorship

To help students fulfill their course requirements, four-week externships are available in the following departments:

  • Cardiology
  • Emergency Medicine/Critical Care
  • Internal Medicine
  • Surgery (Orthopedic & Soft Tissue)

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We are a private practice hospital and are liable for the care and treatment of our patients. While participation in cases and interaction with staff is strongly encouraged, we must limit participation and clinical involvement with cases to those designated by Red Bank Veterinary Hospital approved guidelines. We appreciate your cooperation and anticipate that you will find your experience at our hospital to be a rewarding learning experience.

Permitted:

  • Job shadowing
  • Participating in grand rounds and department rounds
  • Restraint for procedures, at the discretion of the attending doctor
  • Observing procedures and surgeries
  • Attending all in-house lectures
  • Asking all the questions necessary to make this a valuable experience

Students may be assigned outside reading/literature research at the request of the Clinical Preceptor or managing clinician.

Restricted:

  • Performing procedures, treatments, or examinations
  • Assisting in CPR
  • Verbal or written communications with clients
  • Giving verbal direction to staff members
  • Participating in hospital meetings other than rounds and lectures
  • Any entries into the electronic medical record system

Application Process:

  • To maximize the teaching experience, only two Western University veterinary students can be accepted to RBVH for a given time period.
  • Our program fills up quickly, and we work on a first-come, first-served basis. Prospective preceptorship students are encouraged to contact us as soon as they receive their schedules.
  • We cannot accommodate any students during the months of June and July.
  • Once accepted into the externship program, you will be required to provide to the Extern Coordinator the following information:
    • Requested arrival date and duration of visit
    • A choice of two areas of specialty interest, with preference noted
    • Emergency contact information
    • Current address and phone number
    • Proof of current rabies vaccine status
    • Proof of medical insurance
    • Proof of liability insurance

Available Housing

We can direct you to housing at a private residence a few miles from the hospital for $20 per day. Housing includes a two bedroom townhouse with living area, bathroom with shower, and kitchenette.

AAHA Referral Accredited

The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) is the only organization that accredits small animal hospitals throughout the U.S. and Canada. AAHA-accredited hospitals are evaluated regularly on approximately 900 quality of care standards. Veterinary hospitals accredited by AAHA must demonstrate an exceptional level of medical care and client service and they are re-evaluated every three years to make sure they are keeping up with industry updates.

Choosing an AAHA accredited veterinary practice for your pet's medical care assures you that the practice has the facilities, equipment, staff, and medical protocols required for high quality care.

Because participating with the AAHA Standards and the Accreditation Program is voluntary, practices that earn AAHA certification have enough confidence in the level of their care to welcome measurement from an outside organization against the most rigorous published standards in the industry. Approximately 3,200 veterinary hospitals in the United States and Canada have made a commitment to meeting the highest standards of veterinary care.