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Student Information

  • We are happy to have students who have an interest in livestock animals for shadowing or externships. Applications links are at the bottom of the page.

  • Who can apply:

    • Veterinary students of any year

    • Undergraduate students looking to shadow for more experience before applying to veterinary school

    • Veterinary technician & nurse students

    • High school students over 16 yrs of age with parental permission

  • The degree of participation will depend on level of experience

  • For non fourth year veterinary students we will initially start with 1-3 days for a ride-a-long before committing to further time.

A Typical Day 

  • Students will have the opportunity to observe and assist the veterinarians on farm and at our clinic. Our case loads can vary depending on time of year so we can help you plan when to come based off of your interests. 

Your experience may include but is not limited to:

  • Daily rectal palpation for pregnancy with and without ultrasound on dairies ranging from 50 to 5000 cows (veterinary students)

  • Vaccination and treatment of youngstock

  • Nutrition and general health consultation

  • Sick cow diagnosis and treatment 

  • Obstetrical assistance

  • Lame cow corrective trimming and treatment

  • Preventative medicine herd strategies

  • Parlor evaluation and milker training

  • Small ruminant and backyard swine treatments

  • Surgical procedures such as LDA, RDA, C-section, enucleation, lacerations and more

  • Students who have an interest in advanced theriogenology can shadow and assist our two veterinarians who do embryo transfer within the practice

Externship workload: 84% Dairy, 10% Beef Cattle, 5% Small Ruminant, 1% Swine

Application Process: 

Please complete the application on the drop down menu, include a resume and dates interested. Please submit all paper work to Dr. Kayla Clark at 

You will be contacted with further information.

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