Cornell Veterinary Medicine Expands Veterinary Technician Preceptorship Program

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Written by Melanie Greaver Cordoba

After more than 15 years of preparing future veterinary technicians to enter the job market, the six weeks Veterinary Technician Preceptorship Program at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine remains one of the few of its kind based in a New York landmark animal hospital. This year, the program is increasing its enrollment capacity, adding rotational training options, partnering with wildlife preceptorship, and expanding from one offering each summer to two.

“Cornell’s Veterinary Technician Preceptorship Program is rewarding and supportive – it more than ticks a box for future LVTs, which is why New York and Pennsylvania vet tech students apply,” said Kalli Anderson-Dyer. , LVT in dentistry and oral surgery a service.

The Cornell program began in earnest in the early 2000s, led by Laura Barlow, LVT in the oncology department, which began with a small group of just six students. As the program has grown over the years, enrollment has grown to accommodate between 12 and 20 students.

While at Cornell University Hospital for Animals (CUHA), students will choose two rotations, with options including Large Animal Surgery, Large Animal Medicine, Large Animal Anesthesia, Small Animal Surgery, Medicine small animal internal, small animal anesthesia, oncology or exotics. Additionally, wildlife students at Janet L. Swanson Wildlife Hospital are exposed to rotations in anesthesia, surgery, internal medicine, and rehabilitation.

This program is unique because participants have access to continuing education opportunities, state-of-the-art equipment, the expertise of Cornell LVTs and clinical faculty members, and exposure to nearly any animal they are likely to encounter at work. from large and small animals to exotic pets and wildlife. As it has grown over time, the program now includes courses in CPR, Parasitology, and Dentistry, among others. Students are mentored by LVTs and encouraged to ask questions of veterinary students, residents and department heads.

Since 2010, approximately 75 participants have successfully completed the program, despite a temporary hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, the preceptorship program combines with that of the Janet L. Swanson Wildlife Hospital, which previously operated separately. Wildlife students will attend orientation, and CUHA students will receive a few days of exposure to dentistry, central sterilization, pharmacy, radiology, and continuing education courses for two weeks, then proceed to any internships of their choice. By combining the programs, students will not only be able to complete their learning checklists, but also be exposed to Cornell as a whole.

The first summer program of this year begins on May 31. Learn more about online preceptorship.

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