The Internship at Ocean State Veterinary Specialists
The internship at Ocean State Veterinary Specialists participates in the annual VIRMP match program. However, there are positions available for students who are graduating in winter, and able to start their program in February. This is a unique opportunity for these students, as other internship programs typically start in July.
Ocean State Veterinary Specialists is a 24-hour hospital providing emergency and specialty referral services to the state of Rhode Island as well as parts of Massachusetts and Connecticut. The hospital is approximately 26,000sf, including three surgery suites with advanced equipment for both soft tissue and orthopedic surgeries including laparoscopy equipment. Endoscopy equipment includes a digital video monitor. Radiology equipment includes digital radiography and high resolution ultrasound machine, a CT scanner, Fluoroscopy, and full time, on-site MRI. The fully-equipped intensive care unit includes oxygen cages, mechanical ventilator, telemetric electrocardiography, defibrillator, pulse oximetry, and blood pressure monitors. In house diagnostic equipment includes blood gas and electrolyte monitors, and CBC, chemistry and coagulation analyzers. Advanced therapeutics are available including transfusion products, parenteral nutrition, peritoneal dialysis, and radioactive iodine therapy.
The staff includes specialists in internal medicine, surgery, radiology, oncology, neurology, emergency/critical care, cardiology, ophthalmology, avian/exotic medicine and clinical pathology. There are three criticalists, and approximately twenty full-time, internship trained and experienced emergency doctors, who are a vital source of support for the interns, especially on nights and weekends. There are also residents in Emergency/Critical Care and Surgery.
The support staff includes highly trained technicians, many of whom are CVTs, and several also have specialty certifications. The ICU technicians are capable of placing central lines, performing advanced patient monitoring, trouble-shooting ventilator cases, etc.
The 12 1/2 month internship has an emphasis on emergency medicine and critical care. The intern will spend approximately 60% of his/her time on emergency or inpatient shifts. During these shifts the intern will have access to specialists and experienced emergency doctors for consultation. Extensive daily case rounds ensure that the intern has the opportunity to learn from each case he/she sees as well as cases being managed by other doctors. The intern will also spend time on surgery, internal medicine, and elective rotations with the other specialties. In addition to case rounds, there are weekly didactic rounds for the interns presented by the various specialists. The intern is expected to participate in the teaching of technicians and visiting student externs. The internship is designed to expose the participant to the various specialties, allowing the intern to develop a special interest to pursue in a residency, but also providing a broad education in high quality medicine and surgery which will be valuable in any type of future practice. Previous interns have routinely expressed that they felt very well prepared for the jobs they went into because of their OSVS experience. The internship is designed to prepare doctors for residency, emergency work, and higher quality private practices.
East Greenwich is in the middle of the state of Rhode Island on the west shore of Narragansett Bay. It is close to scenic Newport and coastal beaches, and approximately one hour from Boston. For further information please contact Dr. Justine Johnson at email@example.com.
Graduate of an AVMA accredited veterinary school.
Eligibility to obtain a license to practice in Rhode Island.
About Ocean State Veterinary Specialists
OSVS is a PRIVATELY OWNED 24 hour Emergency and Specialty Referral center located in East Greenwich, RI. The facility is a 26,000 sf building, with a well equipped ICU, a separate specialty center, and advanced diagnostic capabilities including fluoroscopy, MRI, CT, and ultrasound. The hospital receives patients from RI, eastern CT and southern MA. Specialty services include Internal Medicine, Surgery, Radiology, Emergency/Critical Care, Ophthalmology, Oncology, Neurology, Clinical Pathology and Exotics. A sister clinic in Swansea, MA provides 24 hour emergency and internal medicine and surgery specialty services.