Steinbeck Country Equine Clinic offers an externship
program to veterinary students in their third and fourth year of veterinary
school. The externship program gives students exposure to a balance of
medical, surgical and ambulatory practice. In addition to participation
during our regular clinic hours Monday-Friday, externs are asked to participate
in daily treatments and emergency duties during their stay.
Externs generally rotate through each area of
the practice, however students may request an emphasis on one particular
area. Each of the veterinarians in the practice, including current interns,
vote for internship selection. Therefore, students interested in our
internship program are asked to visit the clinic for at least one week
and to spend time working with each of our associate veterinarians.
In order to make your visit as productive as possible,
the program is set up to accommodate only two externs at a time. Space
is filled, well in advance--on a first-come first serve basis. If you
are interested in participating in our externship program, please email Analynn.
For more information, please see the www.aaep.org
How do I apply to your extern program?
We accept externs on a first come,
first serve basis. Externs may visit, two at a time, for
a two-week block. (Four-week rotation
blocks now available November through May.) Email Analynn
Patterson to sign up for an open time slot. (We do
fill up in advance.) Please let us know the school you
are attending, your scheduled graduation date, your phone
number, address, and who to notify in case of emergency.
Many students elect to email resumes for us to have on
file. This is especially helpful if you plan to apply for
our intern program. (We will also mail you a release form
to fill out.)
How can I get to the clinic?
The Monterey Airport is about twenty
minutes west of us, just off Highway 68. The San Jose airport
is a little over one hour north of us. The Monterey Airbus
can provide transportation from San Jose. Some students
have taken the train or Greyhound bus to the stations in
Salinas. The stations are about twenty minutes east of
us. We also have driving directions on our website: www.steinbeckequine.com/location.
What are the available accommodations?
We have two trailers at
the clinic available for externs. Bedding and
towels are provided. The hospital washing machine is available when not in use. Our interns live at the clinic
as well. There is a small shopping center with
a 7-11 and a couple of restaurants within walking
distance. In the front office we have a binder
with information about local attractions for visitors.
We do not have an extra vehicle for driving available.
On site residence, click on images for larger view.
What clothing should I bring?
Please bring clean, suitable work
clothes. Our doctors all wear khaki pants and collared
shirts and try to appear professional. Scrubs and clean
jeans are okay. Sturdy shoes should be worn to protect
feet. We ask that tank tops and bare mid-riffs be avoided.
Though we are in California, the weather is very unpredictable.
Be sure to bring a warm coat for cold fog or wind as well
as light material and sun screen for hot days.
Will I be doing hands-on work during
You will be visiting primarily to
observe our program. You will be involved as is appropriate,
but hands-on work is not guaranteed. In addition to participation
during our regular clinic hours Monday-Friday, externs
are asked to participate in daily treatments and emergency
after-hour and weekend duties during their stay.
What about insurance coverage for my
If your school or country does not
provide externship liability insurance coverage and you
are a member of the AVMA, we can send in an AVMA-PLIT (student
coverage) application for you. We will need to fax you
the form to fill out--including your AVMA membership number.
We ask that you do carry personal health insurance as well
during your visit with us.
What should I do if I arrive on the
weekend when the clinic is closed?
Call our answering service
at (831)455-1808 and have the intern-on-call paged.
They can arrange to let you into the hospital.
If we know your arrival time at the train or bus
station, we can often arrange to have the intern
on call or another staff member pick you up, taking
into consideration that there may be emergencies
that could cause some delay. It helps to stay
in contact with Analynn--available by email or
phone during the week before. Please plan to arrive
before 8 p.m. so staff living on site will not
be disturbed. There is an extern manual in both
trailers with detailed information for your stay.
It is very helpful to participate
in the daily morning rounds which start at 8:15.
(Monday morning meet in the barn, other mornings
in the conference room.) At Thursday morning rounds,
externs are asked to do a 15 minute presentation
on a topic of their choice, either from their
notes or using PowerPoint. Please look at the
week schedule on Monday morning to help plan your
schedule so you can have some time with each doctor
and also observe areas of special interest.
In order to make your visit as productive
as possible, the program is set up to accommodate only
two externs at a time. Space is filled, well in advance—on
a first-come, first-serve basis. If you are interested
in participating in our externship program, please email Analynn.
For more information, please
see the www.aaep.org
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