Making the transition from veterinary student to working in a professional practice is a big step. Through Acton Veterinary Group's DVM Externship Program, we’re here to support you as you move forward in your career. As a student, you’ll get the opportunity to work alongside a team and participate in all aspects of patient care. You will get an invaluable, realistic look at life as a veterinary professional with client interaction and firsthand experience in a hospital setting.
Participants in the Externship Program experience the typical caseload of a small animal practice. Under the supervision of our doctors and in accordance with the Texas’s practice act, you will gather histories, perform complete physical exams, develop diagnostic and therapeutic plans, scrub in to surgery, assist in the management of medical cases, provide wellness care, develop client communication skills, polish your clinical/technical skills and learn our approach to business. Externship students are expected to participate in both inpatient and outpatient care including patient rounds, discussion of appropriate diagnostic and therapeutics modalities and selected hands on procedures.
Where You’ll Be Working
We have two animal hospitals in Granbury, Texas: Acton Animal Hospital and Morgan Street Animal Hospital. You may be asked to work in both or either locations (but they’re very near to each other, so it’s not much of a hike!). Granbury is a fine little town. Being 30 minutes from Fort Worth means it has all the best features of a big city, with all the coziness and tranquility of a country town. In the center of our town is Lake Granbury, a peaceful spot for recreational past times like boating and fishing. Our historic downtown square offers plenty to do and see, and always has something going on at the weekend!
Externships are flexible—they can range from two to eight weeks during the year, but are typically two or three weeks in length. Your schedule will include weekdays and Saturdays. There are no afterhours emergencies. You must be enrolled in an accredited Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program and authorized to work in the United States. Students in their first through final years of education will be considered, but preference is given to third and final year students. Program placement requires submission of a CV or resume and completion of the application located on our website.
About Acton Animal Hospital
Acton Animal Hospital respects the human-pet relationship and its importance to your family. All members of our practice pledge to educate our clients, helping each client understand all aspects of pet health and preventative care, emphasizing the highest possible quality of life. We promise to provide exceptional medicine and an effective treatment plan outlining the care of your well, sick, or injured pet. We vow to treat each pet not only with the best medicine, but with love and respect, to provide a state-of-the-art clinic that is clean and well-maintained, and to ensure your pet's safety while in our care.