Pre Veterinary Student Mentoring

Pre Veterinary Student Mentoring Redmond Veterinary Clinic offers routine and emergency care for companion, large and exotic animals. The following services are provided: Anesthesiology, Cardiology, Clinical Pathology, Critical /Intensive Care, Dentistry, Dermatology, General Surgery, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Nutrition, Digital Radiology, Obstetrics/Reproductive Care, Embryo Transfer, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics Pet Behavior, Well Animal Care, Flexible and Rigid Endoscopy, and Digital Ultrasonography.

Redmond Veterinary Clinic will provide an opportunity for students to observe the operations of a Veterinary Clinic which provides Uncompromised Care. In this vein:
  • Students will be under the supervision of a Veterinary Technician or Veterinarian
  • Students will be provided with the opportunity to observe examinations, health consultations, diagnostic testing and surgical procedures.
  • Students will have the opportunity to have processes and procedures explained to them.
  • In some instances, students will have the opportunity to assist in Clinic operations that may include facility and animal care. Proper training will proceed any such opportunities.
  • Redmond Veterinary Clinic will provide an opportunity for up to 5 observation periods that are no longer than 4 hours in length.

Students are expected to follow the following guidelines:

Ethical Standards

  • Redmond Veterinary Clinic insists on the highest ethical standards in conducting its business. When faced with ethical issues, students are expected to make the right professional decision consistent with Redmond Veterinary Clinic’s principles and standards.
  • Keep all records confidential and do not discuss case specifics outside of the practice.

Animal Interaction

  • Redmond Veterinary Clinic will never tolerate abusive action towards animals such as yelling, hitting, kicking or choking.
  • Students should not attempt to approach or pet any animal unless they have been provided permission by the owner or a staff member. Any animal is capable of biting, given the right set of conditions.

Client Interaction

  • Students are encouraged to speak with clients but should do so only if the client initiates that interaction.
  • Students must refrain from providing negative commentary regarding the client’s animal including its current medical condition or the animal’s behavior.
  • Treat all clients as if they are a friend of your mother’s and every patient as if it were your own animal.

Staff Interaction

  • Conduct yourself with professionalism both inside and outside of the practice. This includes treating every member of the practice healthcare team with respect, regardless of the nature of their job. There is much to be learned from technicians, assistants and receptionists
  • Student are encouraged to ask questions regarding a particular case or procedure but should do so only when the staff is not engaged with the client
  • Students are expected to show respect for all staff members.

Participation

  • Keep in mind that the quality of your experience is directly proportional to your level of interest, enthusiasm and preparation.
  • In general the student will participate as an observer only. In some instances the student will be asked to participate in a more hands on roll in facility or animal care. Prior to helping in any fashion it is the responsibility of the student to:
    • Be properly trained by the staff to perform the task
    • Perform the task safely following all safety guidelines
    • Feel free to refrain from performing a task if they do not feel comfortable doing the task.
    • Ask for help if there are any questions.

Dress Code

Students are expected to present a clean and professional appearance while conducting business, in or outside of the office. Dressing in a fashion that is clearly unprofessional, that is deemed unsafe, or that negatively affects Redmond Veterinary Clinic’s reputation or image is not acceptable.

Clothing

  • Clean clothing must be worn at all times, including proper shoes, and a SMILE. The clothing is to be clean (no Spots) and pressed when you come to work.
  • No additional personal wear is to be worn with the clothing; i.e., non approved sweaters, hats, scarves, Etc.

Jewelry

  • Rings: A maximum of two simple rings on each hand is allowed, although one ring per hand is preferred.
  • Bracelets/Chains/Wristwatches: one ONLY.
  • Necklaces: one ONLY and no extreme style.
  • Pins/Broaches: NO attachments other than name tag on ANY CLOTHING, unless approved by management. (Certain tasteful animal-like pins are acceptable)
  • Earrings: No large or extreme styles. No dangling earrings for males are allowed. Earrings not to exceed ½” in diameter, nor hang more than ¾” from the ear. No more than 2 sets per ear.
  • Visible Piercings that are not confined to the ears are not allowed.

Make-up

  • Make-up should compliment normal skin tones.
  • Nail polish, lipstick, which compliment normal skin tones.

Hair

  • Face clean. Mustaches neatly trimmed.
  • Hair to be worn in a natural style, close to the head. It should be neatly combed and attractively arranged. It should not protrude over your shirt collar. Those who prefer long hairstyles take special care that it is neat and well groomed.

Neatness

  • Shirts and blouses must be tucked in at all times.

 Hygiene

  • Deodorant must be worn at all times.
  • Hands must be washed whenever necessary to ensure proper sanitation.

Tattoos

  • Visible tattoos are not permitted.

Shoes

  • Closed-toed shoes are a must.
  • Shoes should not be extravagant in style and should match clothing.

Requirements

  • Complete the Mentorship Application
  • Redmond Veterinary Clinic will review the information and contact students at their discretion. We may request an interview, or we may make our decision based on the letter of introduction.
  • Establish a starting date, an ending date, and work hours.

Veterinary Licensing Board Requirements

  1. All tasks are to be performed under direct supervision of a licensed veterinarian (the student and veterinarian must be on the premises at the same time).
  2. Under NO circumstance can a student perform surgery. However, a student may assist a veterinarian with a procedure.
  3. A student CANNOT administer a rabies vaccination, unless the student is currently licensed as a technician by the Oregon Veterinary Medical Examining Board.
  4. A student CANNOT take a radiograph, unless the student has been certified by the State of Oregon or is a current licensed technician with the Oregon Veterinary Medical Examining Board.

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