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Texas Coalition for Animal Protection announces Veterinary Surgical Externship Program


The program will invest in the next generations of veterinarians through hands-on experience



The Texas Coalition for Animal Protection (TCAP) announced it launched its Veterinary Student Surgical Externship Program to help inspire and create the next generation of veterinary professionals. The program will offer hands-on experience to help ignite a passion for shelter medicine in future veterinarians.

"We are thrilled to launch our Veterinary Student Surgical Externship Program, as it embodies our mission to end pet overpopulation and improve community animal welfare," said Katelyn McGuire, TCAP director of operations, in an organizational release.1 "By providing aspiring veterinarians with an immersive, hands-on surgical experience, we empower them to positively impact animal health and welfare in our community."

According to the release,1 the program will be 5 days and participants will have the chance to work alongside veterinary surgeons at TCAP’s surgical training facility. With the guidance of professionals, the externs will gain practical experience in multiple high-quality, high-volume (HQHV) procedures, such as spay and neuter surgeries, basic wellness care, vaccinations, and more.

This program will be available to 4-year veterinary students to help them enhance their technical skills while also increasing confidence in the operating room by deepening their knowledge of sterilization surgical techniques.

The Veterinary Student Surgical Externship Program will also give externs access to educational materials, engage in discussions and lectures on a multitude of animal welfare topics, class discussions, and learn from instructors that specialize in HQHV community animal care.


Texas Coalition for Animal Protection Launches Veterinary Surgical Externship Program. News release. Texas Coalition for Animal Protection. June 27, 2023. Accessed June 29, 2023

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