We are happy to provide internships, externships, and VM4 rotations for veterinary students and veterinary technician students.
Lee County Veterinary Care is a mixed-animal practice located near West Point in southeast Iowa. We currently have two veterinarians, three veterinary technicians/assistants, and a receptionist/office manager. We do about 50% cow/calf work and 50% mixed small animal, equine, and small ruminant. We do a small amount of feedlot/stocker, dairy, and swine work. Some of our specialty services are bovine embryo flushing, transfer, and cryopreservation; ultrasound pregnancy testing for cattle and horses; AI for cattle and horses; Caesarian sections and surgical AIs in dogs; and laser therapy for all species.
Our goals are to get the student hands-on experience, teach the student new skills, and expose the student to day-to-day operations in a busy mixed practice. We are looking for students who are motivated, self-starters who will look for ways to learn and to help out.
Some of our specialty equipment includes digital radiography, class IV therapy laser, ultrasound, VetScan VS2, VSpro, and HMII blood machines, Doppler blood pressure, and embryo cryopreservation equipment. We use Idexx Cornerstone as our practice management software. We also sell VitaFirm feed additives.
The composition of the casework seen varies by the time of year. Small animal work is consistent year-round, with general health appointments, routine surgeries, Caesarian sections, and surgical AIs. In January through April, students can expect large animal work to include a lot of cow obstetrics (calf pulling, Caesarian sections, neonatal calf care, etc.), preparation for breeding season, equine breeding, the start of embryo work, and semen checking bulls. May through July, large animal work usually includes equine reproduction, vaccinating cows and calves, breeding cows, semen checking bulls, pregnancy checking cows, and embryo work. August through October, we typically do a lot of calf castrations and preconditioning programs, pregnancy checking, routine equine work, and some embryo work. In the winter, we see the start of calving season, pregnancy checking, and some embryo work.
If you are interested in doing an internship, externship, or rotation, please send a resume and brief cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you!