Appleseed Valley Veterinary Hospital Amy Kranch Veterinary Assistant Advisor: Dr. Tom Turner Summer Internship June-September 2004
Mission Statement • “To treat your pet as a member of the family.” • To improve the quality of life of pets, and to educate the owners of these pets on how to properly care for their animals.
Veterinarians Dr. Abel HittingerSmall Animal and Equine Dr. Jobe HittingerSmall Animal and Exotics Both graduates of OSU College of Veterinary Medicine.
Other Employees Michelle, Angie, Kerri
Other Employees Megan Julie-Vet tech
Other Employees Diann
Background information • Established in 1998 • Owned by two veterinarians • Located in Lexington, Ohio • Clientele include pet owners in the Richland County area • Patients include small animals, exotics, and equine
Kennel Contains: • 8 large runs • 15 small kennels
Waiting Room and Exam Rooms Hospital contains 3 exam rooms
Daily Activities Monitor boarders/ hospitalized animals Restrain animals
Daily Activities Prepare vaccines X-Rays
Daily Activities Set up fecal samples and Heartworm/ Parvo/Feline leukemia tests Run bloodwork
Daily Activities Prepare prescriptions and administer medications
Daily Activities Greet clientele Weigh in patients and get background information
Daily Activities Escort clients to exam rooms
Daily Activities Client relations Pull/file patient cards Client invoice/ payment
Daily Activities Answer phone calls Take messages for doctors
Assisting During Surgeries Restrain animals while anesthesia/ IV is administered Assist during procedures
Assisting During Surgeries Monitor heart rate Insert trach tubes
Large Animal Experience • Assisted Dr. Abel during horse calls • Restrained animals (sheep, horses) • Made sure proper equipment and supplies were stocked • Viewed floating of teeth
Other Responsibilities Administering some injections
Other Responsibilities Giving subcutaneous fluids
My Experience • I learned a great deal from both veterinarians • Enjoyed working with the staff • Developed people skills and lasting friendships • Learned about surgeries, vaccines, and common procedures • Both doctors were extremely helpful and came in before and after hours in order to help me learn more about veterinary medicine
Future Plans • This experience reaffirmed the fact that I do want to become a veterinarian • However, I discovered that I do not want to just work with small animals. I would like to work with exotics and equine as well.