I’m an Ivory Owl heading out to my externship for the months of May and June. I’ve been following the Externship Blog Project faithfully since it started in 2014, which was the summer I found out I had been admitted to OVC. I grew up in Baden, Ontario, which is a small town in a beautiful and agriculturally rich area of Southern Ontario, and an area where I would ideally like to practice when I graduate. I have chosen the Food Animal “stream” for my fourth and final year at OVC. Picking a stream gives us a way to direct our clinical training towards an area of our interest, which allows us to customize our experiential learning to an extent. Students in the Food Animal stream get to focus on cattle (both dairy and beef), swine, poultry, sheep and goats, and even fish if we want to! I hope you follow along with me this summer! I’m hoping to shed some light on the kinds of things we do on our externship, what it’s like to work in rural Ontario, and how veterinarians work closely with the agricultural industry to keep our animals and our food supply healthy.
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