“Working in a different country at an animal hospital was amazing. IGS set me up in a small town outside of London and gave me the chance to experience a different culture. It was hands-on and they gave me as much responsibility as I could handle. Helping prep the animals for surgery was a challenge but I was able to handle it. What a great way to meet new people as well. Everyone was so nice to me.”
Vet placements provide an up close and personal look at all aspects of the practice from animal surgery and recovery to intake and customer service. Veterinarians are a “different breed” and this is a chance to find out if working with animals is your calling.
It may be possible to assist with surgical operations including anesthetics, surgical scrubbing, shaving, inserting catheters, and other technical procedures. Post-surgery work includes rehabilitation and integrating animals back to their families.
Intake is an important role that an intern can help with. Checking in animals and helping them feel comfortable in a foreign environment is key to keeping a comfortable office and clinic. You may assist with taking vital statistics of the animals.
Vet interns interact regularly with the public. You may be asked to sit with pet owners in the waiting room during operations. Taking photos of pets and posting them on Instagram and social media sites help keep the clinic in the public’s eye. Assisting in clean up at the end of the day is also expected.