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KSU-Veterinary Health Center Veterinary Technician Intern Program

By Lisa Bryant, RVT

The Veterinary Technician Intern Program at the Kansas State University Veterinary Health Center (VHC) began in the summer of 2014 and has grown to two starts per year beginning each January and June. The internship is a one year, paid, full benefits eligible position. To date, six technician interns have successfully completed the program, of which three remained as technicians in several VHC specialty services.

The application process and selection criteria have become more stringent. In addition to a resume, the application packet includes a listing of academic achievements and an essay highlighting why the applicant is seeking admittance into the program.  Characteristics that are assessed include professionalism, integrity, organizational skills, practical experience, the desire to learn, and level of work ethic.

Core services the interns rotate through include: Anesthesia, Small Animal ICU, Radiology, Small Animal Surgery (Soft Tissue and Ortho) and Small Animal Internal Medicine. This internship is primarily a small animal rotating internship; however, when a large animal interest is expressed, the intern can be scheduled to rotate through Livestock Services and Equine Internal Medicine and Surgery.  Other rotation opportunities may include: Shelter Medicine, Ophthalmology, Cardiology, Exotics & Zoo Medicine, Pet Health (Primary Care), Dermatology and Oncology.

The program continually strives to make positive changes based on feedback from the technician interns, experienced VHC technicians, and clinicians.  Interns are involved in cases and learn skills that quickly advance along with their knowledge and ability to teach others.

For more information about the Veterinary Technician Intern Program at the Kansas State University VHC, please contact Lisa Bryant at lbryant@vet.k-state.edu or 785-532-5690.

Lisa Bryant is the Director of the Veterinary Technician Intern Program at the Kansas State University VHC.

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