Veterinary Student Mentoring

Veterinary Student Mentoring Redmond Veterinary Clinic, a Professional Corporation offers a broad base of Veterinary services to our patrons in Central Oregon. Our goal is to provide the best quality of service possible, using the most modern equipment and methods available to our profession.

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.

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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


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


  • 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.


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


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


  • Visible tattoos are not permitted.


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


  • Complete the Mentorship Application
  • In addition to the letter of introduction, include a resume that is no longer than two pages. This should detail your work history, with a focus on veterinary-related work and research. Also include at least one personal reference. Send the packet to the clinic by the requested method (mail, fax or e-mail) and wait to hear from the practice.
  • We will review the information and contact students at their discretion. We may request an interview based on the letter of introduction and resume.
  • Establish a starting date, an ending date, and work hours.
  • Insurance-  For students to be covered during this program, you MUST be a member of SAVMA and fill out and sign a PLIT Mentorship Form

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.

Task List


  • Allow the student to follow one case daily (including entering exam room, reading diagnostic test results, discussing treatment options and follow-up plans)
  • Hold rounds once weekly to discuss cases
  • Allow the student to scrub in on and assist with at least one surgery (unless no surgeries are performed at the practice)
  • Provide an opportunity for the student to complete the task list
  • Read radiographs and blood work with the student, whenever possible
  • Evaluate the student at the end of the program (evaluation form will be provided)
  • Evaluate the program (your feedback is important to us)
Strongly recommended
  • Assign homework or paper cases once weekly (send student with copy of blood work and have student develop differential diagnoses, or assign student to research treatment options for a particular disease process - geared to student’s level)

Students - between 1st and 2nd year

  • Take history from an owner
  • Perform a physical examination
  • Thoracic auscultation
  • Abdominal palpation
  • Auscultate a heart murmur
  • Auscultate abnormal lung sounds
  • Palpate a pregnant animal
  • Otoscopic exam
  • Rectal exam
  • Wood’s lamp exam
  • Fluorescin eye stain
  • Schirmer tear test
  • Tonometry
  • Listen as a veterinarian or technician discusses a cost estimate with the owner
  • Develop a basic list of differential diagnoses
  • Draw blood
  • Process bloodwork using in-house testing equipment (if available)
  • Catch urine, perform cystocentesis
  • Prepare a urinalysis for analysis
  • Prepare a fecal sample for analysis
  • Take a radiograph (only if student is certified by the State of Oregon)
  • Clean and wrap a surgical pack
  • Place a soft padded bandage

Students - between 2nd and 3rd years

All of the above, plus:
  • Place an IV catheter
  •  Intubate an animal (only if the student is a licensed technician in Oregon)
  •  Monitor anesthesia
  • Measure blood pressure
  • Read radiograph
  • Perform a manual CBC
  • Ear cytology
  • Fecal exam
  • Urinalysis
  • Retinal exam
  • Fine needle aspirate and cytology
  • Perform a sterile scrub correctly
  • Write a case in SOAP format
  • Calculate a drug dose
  • Calculate a fluid rate
  • Discuss medication instructions with an owner (dosing, side effects)
  • Discuss preventive health with an owner (vaccines, deworming, routine testing)

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