Emergency Externships

The emergency staff at our Cary hospital consists of 5 senior emergency clinicians (4 full time / 1 part-time). We also have 1-2 interns on the service at any given time.  Fourteen veterinarian technicians are solely dedicated to emergency and ICU care. Our service operates Monday-Friday from 5 pm until 8 am and we're open 24 hours on Saturday, Sunday, and holidays.  Diagnostic capabilities include digital radiography, ultrasonography (performed by emergency clinician), in-house laboratory equipment (cell counter, blood chemistry unit, I-stat (blood gas and electrolytes), coagulation monitor, snap ELISA tests), and spiral Computed Tomography (CT).

The rotation is clinical in nature and will provide minimal didactic teaching. Students will shadow clinicians and technicians in order to provide the maximum benefit and exposure to emergency care.  We hope to provide experience in communication skills, triage, physical examination, organizing patient problem lists, creation of differential diagnoses and formulation of treatment plans.  Ideally the student will be present for the discussion of the pet's problems and treatment plan with the pet owner.  Students can participate in discussions regarding different emergency and critical care cases or scenarios when time allows.  Opportunities exist for the senior student to receive hands on exposure with medical procedures.  Students who are here for an extended externship will be asked to write up their history and physical examination findings in the medical record of cases assigned to them.  While this is a hands-on rotation and students should be prepared to assist on an as-needed basis, patient contact will be at the discretion of the supervising veterinarian.

For a full externship: We require 40 hours/week including weekend shifts.

To fulfill NC State’s 4 hour emergency experience: We are available M-F 6pm-10pm and Saturday and Sundays from 12pm-4pm or 2pm-6pm.  No more than two students are allowed at a time.  This rotation does not include exposure to a board certified specialist.

Lead emergency veterinarians

Kim Piner, DVM.  Chief of Location, Cary

Nick de Silvia, DVM.  Chief of Location, Raleigh

Ashley Miller-Quarles, DVM.  Chief of Location, Durham

If interested in visiting the emergency service at VSH please contact Dr. Ashley Miller to schedule a rotation. Please include available dates and times. Thank you for your interest in VSH’s emergency service.

Requests will be handled on a first-come, first-serve basis and a minimum of 2 week advance notice is required.