Penn Vet Shelter Program
In partnership with Penn Vet, Providence Animal Center is now providing both informal training to veterinary club students, as well as sponsoring formal externships for Penn Vet students in their final year.
As a part of the informal training, the Center sponsors weekly sessions for classroom groups from Penn Vet to us and observe general health exams for shelter animals, intake and exit exams, animal transport procedures and isolation exams for sick animals.
Students in our formal externship program get to experience a hands-on, two-week program centered around building confidence and enhancing surgical skills in a world unknown to most vet students – the world of shelter medicine.
Through this program, future vets like Providence’s Dr. Anna Hummer VMD – who took part in our very first rotation of students in 2013 – have the opportunity to study under our Penn Vet alumni medical staff, take part in 60-80 surgeries, earn credits towards their degree, and develop the necessary skills to confidently enter into the world of lifesaving, all while servicing a community in need of low-cost vet care.
This opportunity for an improved learning experience extends to vet students from all over the country, and only exists because of people like you generously supporting our medical programs here at Providence! Your support creates an environment that fosters the future vets of the worlds’ desire to help those in need, and move forward in their careers as ambassadors of Providence Animal Center and shelter-medicine as a whole.
Learn more about what Providence is doing to help and support our community and homeless pets in need!