Externships (College Student & DVM)

sidebar externshipsThe Kansas Humane Society believes that spay/neuter programs are an essential part of the plan to decrease the number of homeless animals. Through our unique externship program we are able to teach the basics: animal handling, basic physical examination, basic diagnostics, anesthesia, appropriate patient/surgeon prep, aseptic technique, and soft tissue surgical procedures and techniques (spay, neuter, possibly umbilical hernia repair, and basic soft tissue surgeries).

The extern will also have exposure to shelter medical care, shelter math, behavior, and best practices for shelters based on ASV shelter guidelines. This program gives the extern insight into the special relationship between shelters and area veterinarians and how you don’t have to become a shelter veterinarian to have a positive impact in the community.

An Incredible Opportunity for Surgical Experience

Learning Objectives: Each of these topics will be discussed and applied. Extent of mastery will depend upon the extern's abilities.


  • Surgical Prep of patient for each type of surgery
  • Appropriate preperation of the surgeon
  • Gowning
  • Proper Technique for Surgical Draping of patients
  • Feline Orchiectomy
  • Feline Ovariohysterectomy
  • Canine Orchiectomy
  • Canine Ovariohysterectomy
  • Umbilical hernia repair (will be discussed, practiced upon availability)

**This externship can help new graduates/licensed veterinarians become more confident in their surgical abilities through concentrated repetition.


  • KHS Protocol
  • Anesthetic induction
  • Anesthesia Maintenance
  • Recovery Process

"Practice truly makes better (not perfect, just better!) I truly enjoy soft tissue surgery and helping others learn. Having strong basic surgical skills, gentle tissue handling and good surgical technique, allows the surgeon to feel comfortable and confident so that they can continue to learn and do even more. I would recommend this experience for anyone with limited surgical experience."
-Dr. Michelle Townsley, DVM, KHS Veterinary Medical Center Director

To participate in this program the extern must be must be a Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medical 3rd or 4th year student. We are now scheduling externships for 2015 for $300/week. You are not limited on the number of weeks available.

For more information, contact Haleigh Carson, KHS Clinic Manager, via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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