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corrow Burlington Emergency Veterinary Service Internship - (Kimberly Corrow)

"Working at a small animal emergency clinic is very different than working at a regular small animal practice. It is not for the faint of heart nor the weakly skilled. One must be able to hold on to successfully treated patients and the gracious clients in order to get through the times a pet cannot be saved and times where you will take the brunt of an emotional owner's anger. This kind of environment can go from 0-60 in the blink of an eye, where one minute the hospital is empty to the next where people are lined up out the door, the phones are ringing off the hook, and you have to start CPR on the dog that just went into respiratory arrest. In the same day you can help deliver a litter of puppies and experience the exhilaration of hearing a little cry come from your hands that have been busily working for what seems forever on rubbing life into a little fur ball, and later euthanize the only companion someone has had for the last 15 years."

"The candidate for emergency  veterinary medicine must not only have strong technical skills and the confidence to use them, but also the mental and emotional strength to deal with an ever changing environment and a diversity of people that many times are not at their best. There are days that it seems there are too many patients and not enough people to do everything, but you must be fluent in multi-tasking. Phones must be answered, clients checked in and patients triaged while being sure in-hospital patients are monitored closely, receiving timely rounds and treatments and diagnostics. This job isn't for everyone but it can provide an amazing learning experience for those up for the challenge."

Burlington Emergency Veterinary Service Internship

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