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Date Posted: 10/18/2016
Practice Name: Best Friends Animal Hospital
Address: 1530 Popelk Drive
City: Billings, MT 59105
Web Site: www.bfah.net
Practice Type: Small
Job Type: Preceptorship

Best Friends Animal Hospital and Urgent Care Center in Billings, MT is opening its doors to JUNIOR and SENIOR veterinary students.  Best Friends Animal Hospital is a full service, AAHA accredited, medical and surgical practice for dogs, cats, and small/exotic patients.  We also offer 24-hour Urgent and Emergency Care.  Although not a specialty hospital, we receive many referrals from across the state and are known for our advanced orthopedic procedures.  We were also selected by the Animal Eye Center in Colorado to be the host, Billings Montana, hospital for advanced ophthalmic procedures such as phacoemulsification.  We have 8 doctors, several highly skilled, certified veterinary technicians, and a talented front desk team.  We have an upbeat, team attitude and are truly proud of our dedication and work.
Our hospital boasts wonderful equipment such as:
•    Specialized orthopedic repair instruments
•    Color flow doppler ultrasound
•    Endoscopy
•    In house Abaxis and I-STAT equipment
•    Digital radiographs and digital dental radiographs
•    Centralized oxygen
•    Class IV therapeutic laser
•    Digicare anesthesia monitoring and much more!  

AVAILABLE PROGRAMS:  1 to 2 week VETERINARY PRECEPTORSHIPS.  
•    Housing is available with one of our doctors.
•    Travel and food costs are the responsibility of the student.  This position is unpaid to comply with veterinary school grading requirements.

Junior Students will have the opportunity to:
•    Shadow veterinary technicians and doctors
•    Administer injections SQ, IM and IV
•    Assist with monitoring anesthesia
•    Learn client communication
•    Perform blood draws
•    Practice ultrasound
•    Discuss proper case management

Senior Students
•    In addition to the above skills, senior students will;
•    Place IV catheters, intubate animals and monitor anesthesia
•    Perform dental prophylactics
•    Scrub in for routine (OVH, Neuters, etc) and advanced procedures (exploratory laparotomies, orthopedic procedure).
•    Hours will mimic the doctors (including on-call opportunities!).

Requirements
•    Junior/Senior veterinary student in good standing with a strong desire to increase your practical/technical skills.
•    Willing to work extended hours.  Our days average about 10 hrs.

Billings, MT
•    Located along an ancient sea, Billings lies at the base of “The Rims” and the Yellowstone River winds through the heart of the city.
•    Billings is remote, and yet a city (Montana’s largest!)
•    Yellowstone National Park is a day trip away, as well as Custer’s Battlefield Memorial, and the Beartooth Mountain Range
•    Outdoor recreation abounds!  Fishing, hunting, skiing, hiking, snowmobiling…you name it.  We’ve got it.
•    Flights are available from most major airports directly into Billings.

APPLICATION PROCESS:
•    Send your CV or resume.
•    A statement discussing why you’d like to visit our team.
•    A letter of Good Standing from your veterinary school’s Dean’s Office.
•    Students must have proof of health insurance coverage.
•    Email drgocke-smith@bfah.net all required documents, or mail to:
Best Friends Animal Hospital
Attn: Dr. Emily Gockesmith
1530 Popelka Drive
Billings, MT  59105

For more information about our clinic visit our website: www.bfah.net or find us on Facebook for more information about our hospital.