The Externship Project Blog

Welcome to Picton!

Posted July 16, 2018

Hi everyone! I’m officially settled into my little bachelor pad right on the water, just four minutes away from Picton Animal Hospital (thanks Kijiji)! Picton is a quaint little tourist town in Prince Edward County (wine country!) about thirty minutes South of Belleville, or an hour and a half East of Toronto. (Here's a...

Veterinary medicine is not just black and white

Posted July 13, 2018

As I sit here writing this blog post and thinking back on how amazing my first week at my externship has been, I just can’t believe how much I have experienced already! I am very fortunate to be spending the months of May and June with New Hamburg Veterinary Clinic because of the amazing mentorship they provide and the vast amount of clientele they serve. Each day has been a new adventure and every morning I wake up with more energy than I ever have had in anticipation of the day that is to...

Snake bites and kookaburras

Posted July 11, 2018

Snake bites and kookaburras – a great intro to Australian vet med!

I won’t lie – I was definitely nervous about traveling to Australia on my own for so long for my externship. With any new job, it’s hard to know what to expect and if the placement will work out the way you imagined. However, after my first week at Berry Vet Clinic, I’m so glad I chose to take a leap of faith and come all the way out here. I’ve already gained so much exposure to the world of Australian veterinary medicine, and have settled in really well to the quaint little town of Berry.

After spending three days exploring Melbourne, the capital city of the Australian state of Victoria, I headed to Berry to...

Excited to share this adventure with you

Posted July 10, 2018

Hi everyone, my name is Eastman Welsford and I am so excited to be participating in this year’s Externship Blog Project. I was born in Montreal, Quebec and grew up in Oakville, Ontario just outside Toronto. While Oakville is a suburb I always had a fascination and deep interest for animals large and small. I can remember dragging my parents hours from home to go horseback riding, visit Springridge Farm’s cows and sheep, and then race back home just in time to feed our family dog, budgie, ferret, hamster, gecko, and fish! Needless to say it was pretty clear I was destined for a career with...

Passion for veterinary medicine

Posted July 9, 2018

I’m Angie and I am a Golden Kraken heading out to my externship for the months of July and August in Walkerton-Hanover Veterinary Clinic. I wish to pursue a career in public health and international development.

My passion in veterinary medicine and international development was fostered early in life by my parents, who at one point rescued and cared for 13 dogs and cats in the Philippines. Although I initially only wanted to specialize in companion animals and wildlife, I quickly developed an interest in production animals as I saw how small communities in Tanzania thrived though small-scare farming. It was very eye-opening to see that in very remote communities...

My non-sugar coated challenges as a veterinary student

Posted July 5, 2018

I have begun my final year of veterinary school and am heading to Paisley Veterinary Services this summer for my externship. It seems like forever ago since I was playing doctor with my plastic stethoscope and giving fake needles to my stuffed animals.

My name is Stephanie Wong and I am a fourth year veterinary student and part of the...

True privilege to be in this profession

Posted July 4, 2018

I didn’t grow up envisioning myself to be a veterinarian, but I always remember sitting in the library, fascinated by the books I read about animals, and watching Animal Planet until my sister would fight for the remote control. My parents would bring me to the Ocean Park in Hong Kong and the Beacon Hill Children’s Farm in Victoria, B.C. every time we visited. I also remember my dad would make up stories with different animal characters and I would ask him to continue, one after the other. It wasn’t until high school when I had the opportunity to complete a co-op placement at a veterinary clinic that I discovered my passion for the field of veterinary...

The last chapter

Posted June 29, 2018

Hi everyone! I’m sitting down to write this post after finishing up my last lecture of Phase Three. What a weird feeling – after six years of sitting in lecture halls, I may never do it again. Classroom learning, basically all I’ve ever known, is now behind me and it’s on to real life (or at least my externship). 

The externship is an eight-week placement in a mixed animal practice (a clinic that sees both livestock and pet species) that is designed to give us our first snapshot of the “real world”. We get to go out and participate in real cases, and start to develop the clinical skills that we will need when we graduate in...

Stay tuned for the exciting part: animals and veterinary medicine!

Posted June 27, 2018

Hello, folks! I hope this post finds you well and enjoying some summer weather. I am certainly excited to be finished my third year exams at OVC and grateful for the prospect of some hands-on, in-the-field kind of veterinary work!   


Veterinary Nomad

Posted June 25, 2018

My name is Manali Desai and I am an international student going into my fourth year at the Ontario Veterinary College. I've always wanted to work with animals. Since a young age I've felt a heightened compassion towards them, and as I grew older I realized that channeling this feeling into a veterinary degree was my most desired career move. I pursued a Bachelor of Science and a Master's in Laboratory Animal Science at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

During my summers, I would volunteer at animal hospitals for more exposure to the small animal field, while interning at unique placements such...