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Summer Learning: Clinic Experience Prepares Vet for Careers Ahead

By Sandra Harbison

When second-year veterinary student Taylor Lewis opted for an eight-week externship during summer break, she didn’t feel she was missing out on her vacation time. “I didn’t find it was giving up eight weeks. I wanted an externship, something with a lot of experience, and this was the best thing for me.” Lewis says the experience “far exceeded my expectations.”


Veterinary Student Taylor Lewis.

Lewis was one of 15 veterinary students who participated for the UT College of Veterinary Medicine inaugural Sophomore Summer Externship Program created by Dean Jim Thompson. The College of Veterinary Medicine is a unit of the UT Institute of Agriculture. The externship program provides second-year veterinary students the opportunity to work directly with private veterinary practitioners, to learn from them and obtain hands-on experience in primary care veterinary medicine.

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The Veterinary Externship Program was nominated as a Partnership that Makes a Difference. Click here to read more.