Companion Animal Externship
Multiple locations throughout Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan and Florida.
Work hours will include four days a week Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:30
p.m., Saturdays 9 a.m. to noon. Hours subject to change depending on individual clinic.
Externs are expected to work 35 hours per week.
Why is time at our general practice so valuable? Find out about:
• Wellness plan exposure and understanding
• Preventive care
• Dentistry, extractions and minor oral surgery, digital dental positioning and interpretation
• Diagnostics including chemistry, hematology, serology, urinalysis and parasite
• Dermatology case work up and diagnosis
• Sick patient work-up, diagnosis and treatment plan
• Exotic care: birds, reptiles and pocket pets
The O’Brien Veterinary Group externship program offers a unique range of possibilities,
helping veterinary students add to their knowledge and skills with programs that cover
various kinds of practice as well as experience in practice management and ownership.
Our externships offer hands-on real-life experience in the veterinary field within
a supportive team atmosphere. Your time with us will be meaningful and support solid
Externs are welcome to stay from one to twelve weeks throughout the year (more if
requested). Reimbursement for housing is $600 per week. Additionally, summer employment
opportunities are available.
Externship highlights will include:
• Clinical externships are available in the areas of: emergency medicine, small animal
medicine, feline specialty, and business management and practice ownership. Rotation
to more than one area during an externship can be accommodated upon request.
• O’Brien Veterinary Group: Spend three days (one week upon request) in the company
office side by side with the O’Brien team. We will be a great resource to you, teaching
you essential successful practice skills from an ownership standpoint. This time will
be experiences in, but not limited to, negotiation, financial analysis, the due diligence
process, payroll processing, strategic partnership exposure. You will also be exposed
to hiring, contacts, labor ratios, problem-solving, structuring wellness plans, recruitment
strategy, marketing initiatives, COGS (cost of goods) management, OSHA compliance,
guidelines to operating a veterinary practice, labor cost analysis, and points of
accountability that influence practice growth.
The O’Brien Veterinary Group is based in Oakbrook, Illinois, with practices throughout
the Midwest and Florida. To apply, students can send their resume describing their
area of interest to: [email protected] or call 630.712.0120.