Vet Tech Graduates Begin Externships
Students in the Murray State College Veterinary Technology program are hard at work this summer at their externships. The externship is an 8 week-long program that is designed to give recent graduates real-world experience before they head out into the workforce.
“Clinical externship is the culmination of a student’s Veterinary Technician education,” says Debbie Reed, Registered Veterinary Technician and Co-Director of the Murray State College Veterinary Technology Program. “It is the training ground where students are challenged to integrate all aspects of their education. This phase of training offers students the excitement and responsibility of applying the knowledge and skills they have learned.”
Students serving 8-week externships are: Morgan Callaway – Hilltop Animal Hospital in Davis; Sara Callaway – Performance Equine in Thackerville; Carola Christensen – Equine Medical Associates in Edmond; Jayce Galloway – Overton Veterinary Clinic in Lexington, Nebraska; Justin Hicks – Oklahoma State University in Stillwater; Cheyanne Miller – Ada Veterinary Clinic Ada; Haylee Muse – The Birmingham Zoo in Kansas City, Missouri. One student, Anna Capt, is serving a year-long externship at the University of Florida Veterinary School in Gainesville, Florida.
The students are getting hands-on training in the care and handling of animals.
“My externship is going great,” says Sara Callaway. “I have learned far more than I thought I could in just a short amount of time. Each and every day there is something new to learn which makes it even better.”
The students say help from family and friends has been essential for completion of the MSC Veterinary Technician program. They also credit MSC instructors as big supporters.
“The MSC faculty taught me to look outside of the box,” says Hicks. “This has served me well in my externship and should continue to serve me well throughout my career as an RVT.”
Dr. Mike Johnston at Equine Medical Associates in Edmond says that training has paid off for Christensen. “Carola has been a delight to have in the practice,” he says. “She is a very capable young lady who works hard and rises to any challenge that is presented.”
Says Dr. Shem Oliver at Performance Equine in Thackerville, “If Sara is the type of veterinary technician that Murray State turns out consistently then the veterinary profession will be a much better place because of their graduates.”
The students will be working at the externships until July 10.
For more on the Murray State College Veterinary Technology Program, visit the program webpage.