Posts Tagged ‘Community Medicine’

Tufts at Tech Community Veterinary Clinic

Organization

Worcester Vocational High School
Community Veterinary Clinic
1 Skyline Drive
Worcester, MA 01605

Contact

Name: Pamela Houde
Email: pamela.houde@tufts.edu
Phone: (508) 751-7670

Details

Students: 4
Credit: varies

Description

Semesters: Fall & Spring, by the Selective Lottery Process

Summer Only:  Any student interested in scheduling a selective at the clinic during the summer should  contact Pamala Houde

Requirements for Tufts at Tech.pdf

Outreach visits to the Worcester Housing Authority

Organization

Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
200 Westboro Rd
North Grafton, MA 01536

Contact

Name: Emily McCobb
Email: emily.mccobb@tufts.edu
Phone: (508) 839-4570 x84570

Details

Students:
Credit: 0.5

Description

Offered in the Fall for 1st Year Students

Under the supervision of Dr. Paula Northrup (Becker College) students willparticipate in an outreach team alongside students in the vet tech program. The team will visit a Worcester Housing Authority (WHA) site about once every other week during the semester. At the WHA students will work with residents to provide a physical exam and preventative care (vaccination, parasite prevention and diet/husbandry counseling) as well as simple grooming. Students will have the opportunity to practice physical exam and other clinical skills. In addition there is the opportunity for students to get involved in support of the program, for example in helping create written educational materials for residents.
After signing up for the selective the schedule for the Tuesday visits will be distributed to the students once it is set up for the semester.

Clinical Skills to Learn/Practice:

Understand and explain vaccine recommendations for dogs and cats
Define and list the components of a SOAP
Perform a routine physical exam on a dog or cat
Be able to restrain a dog or cat for a physical exam
Place a muzzle on a dog or cat
Take a rectal temperature on a dog or cat
Clean ears of a dog or cat
Trim nails of a dog or cat
Administer a subcutaneous injection to a dog or cat
Draw a blood sample for heartworm or Felv/FIV testing
Demonstrate teeth brushing

Facilitating the Placement of Found Animals in the Foster Hospital for Small Animals

Organization

Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
Foster Hospital for Small Animals
200 Westboro Rd
North Grafton, MA 01536

Contact

Name: Dr. Mary Labato
Email: mary.labato@tufts.edu
Phone: (508) 839-5395 x84825

Details

Students: 1
Credit: varies

Description

Stray animals are often found by individuals and brought to the FHSA. These animals often need some degree of medical treatment but are treatable and healthy enough to be adopted as pets. The care and placement of these animals is overseen by Dr. Mary Labato and a few of the ward technicians. This job entails duties and the swift and successful placement of these animals which could be expedited by the aid and input of a few student volunteers. This selective includes:

  1. Calling surrounding veterinary clinics and shelters to try and locate the animal’s owner
  2. Filling out a medical history and behavior sheet and student contacts for adoption information
  3. Communicating with technicians and covering veterinarian concerning the animals medical needs and time allowed in the hospital
  4. Spending time with these animals: walks, treats and observation

Other selective goals include:

  1. Creating a list of surrounding veterinary clinics and shelters with phone numbers to simplify the process of locating animal owners
  2. Creating a waiting list of willing foster homes for animals who can no longer stay in the hospital but have not yet been adopted
  3. Organizing bake sales and other events to raise money for the Travis Fund (a Tufts Account which donated money is used to pay for the medical needs for these potentially healthy animals)