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UW diagnostic externship program hosts veterinary students

Matt Hille and Vanessa Chen are immersed in diagnostic veterinary medicine during their summer externships at the Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory.

Veterinary students Vanessa Chen and Matt Hille are studying diagnostic veterinary medicine at the Wyoming State Veterinary Lab (WSVL) in Laramie this summer through the University of Wyoming’s Diagnostic Externship Program.

Externships are available to third- or fourth-year veterinary students and offered by the Department of Veterinary Sciences in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. An externship is supervised practice off-campus or away from a student’s affiliated institution.

“It exposes the students to the realities of diagnostic veterinary medicine as a career,” said Donal O’Toole, professor in the department and diagnostic externship mentor. “We need more students – ideally, of the right type: curious, outgoing, broadly educated, compassionate, problem-solving – looking at this career option.”

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