Feline Health Internship

The Feline Health Internship will provide NCSU students with veterinary experience and school credit via ANS 492 or ANS 493 to be determined by the NCSU course coordinator. The Animal Center will utilize the interns to work in the shelter alongside the Animal Health Care Technicians, Veterinary Technicians, and the Foster Coordinator. A key component of this working intern program is for the interns to provide assistance during summer months when kitten and cat intake escalates.

Intern Expectations

Timeline and Selection

The Feline Health Summer Internship will begin near the end of May and terminate in August prior to Fall semester, approximately 10-12 weeks.  The hours and dates may vary each summer based on the NCSU summer school schedule. Interns are required to complete a minimum of 8 hours per week over approximately 12 weeks for a minimum of 96 hours.  Approximately 3-4 interns will be accepted each summer and each intern will work approximately 8-12 hours per week. The NCSU professor will screen applicants and select Junior level (3rd year) students for the program. Upon selection, students will attend a meet and greet with the Shelter Veterinarians and the Shelter Manager prior to the start of the program. The internship will start with a 2-week orientation. During orientation students will receive a shelter tour from the volunteer coordinator, work one on one with a receiving technician (AHCT), and work a shift with the Veterinary team. Additional assignments may include webinars and select readings. Students will receive the animal handling policy and sign volunteer waivers and an expectations memo during the orientation.

Application

The application for the Feline Health Internship can be found here: https://goo.gl/forms/ScOLwTAPeZezbl2C3

All applications must be received by April 1, 2019.

Schedule

Proposed schedule- subject to change. Additional hours and opportunities may be available.

Sunday 12:00pm – 4:00pm
Wednesday 12:00pm – 4:00pm
Tuesday 8:00am – 12:00pm
Thursday 8:00am – 12:00pm

Intern Duties and Responsibilities

AHCT Assistant: 30%

  • Kitten intake: Interns will become proficient at processing incoming kittens into the shelter; feline intake exams and health assessments, weight, correct color and breed identification, sex identification, deworming medication, nutritional supplementation, vaccines, placement and pathway planning in the shelter
  • Foster kitten updates (currently on Sunday and Wednesday afternoons);individual animal identification, weight, deworming, vaccines, pathway planning, verbal communication skills with the foster parent to determine history and health of foster kittens
  • Cat and kitten husbandry, feline shelter care & stress reduction

Vet Team Assistant: 30%

  • Surgery check-in, surgical recovery from anesthesia, instrument cleaning, preparation of surgical instruments
  • Veterinary appointments: collect verbal or written patient history for clinical appointments, assist with weights and exams, treatment of ill or dehydrated kittens, dispensing medications, fecal parasite exams
  • Foster parent training- learn common medical problems associated with orphan kittens, learn basic husbandry and care for orphan kittens, assist veterinary team with training sessions for foster parents

Foster Coordinator Assistant: 10%

  • Assist foster coordinator with follow-up on kittens in foster care
  • Special events assistance as assigned

Research Assistant: Projects will vary from year to year: 30%

  • Summer 2018: Probiotic clinical study with NCSU-CVM
    • Assemble fecal collection packs and probiotics to be distributed with foster kittens
    • Learn and assist with randomization and placebo based clinical trials
    • Assist with tracking of kittens and samples
    • Assist with coordination of fecal sample collection from kittens in foster care
    • Collection, Labeling, and shipment of fecal samples to diagnostic lab
    • Assist with data collection and management
    • Attend two review sessions between interns, shelter veterinarians, and Dr. Jody Gookin (NCSU-CVM)  to discuss project goals

Course Requirements and Outcomes

Course Requirements: NCSU course coordinator will determine if students pass requirements for academic credit. The Chief veterinarian will contact the course coordinator to discuss individual students if the need arises. Students may be dropped from the internship program at the written request of the Chief Veterinarian or Animal Services Director.

Program Outcomes:

  • Hands on experience with physical exams including intake exams, vaccination, medical treatment and the management of medical cases
  • Hands on experience and better understanding of general cat and kitten husbandry and handling
  • Experience interacting and presenting to the public on topics related to feline health
  • Hands on experience with clinical research to include randomization of clinical trial, importance of placebo, sampling, collection of clinical data, Excel spreadsheets, data review, and literature search
  • Better understanding of pet overpopulation, veterinary medicine in a shelter setting, public health, public service, and the One Health Initiative