Veterinary Medicine International Externship (VM504)
or Independent Study (VM599) Program Description
VM 599P - Major Project
Special Problems in Global Animal Health (1-8 credits) - This mentored independent study or research practicum will focus on the skills necessary to prepare for or conduct a global animal health project. This course is repeatable and may be used for additional time or a second GAH research project. Visit http://globalhealth.wsu.edu/education/pathway-program/gahp-major-project for more information.
VM 504P - Global Studies
Global Studies is a formal, structured externship program which provides a means of instructing veterinary students in an overseas public/private practice or field setting, or other institution, related to international veterinary medicine (IVM) and/or global animal health. These institutions may include the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the World Bank, Animal and Plant Health Inspection service of the USDA, US Agency for International Development, Centers for Disease Control and other organizations related to veterinary public and private practice abroad. The externship must be under the direct supervision of one or more veterinarians, agriculture or public health professional. The site of the program is chosen by the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine (WSU-CVM) in consultation with the student, or chosen by the student and approved by the college. The focus area may be generalized or specialized to include (but not limited to) clinical practice, exotic/zoo animal, aquaculture, avian, public health, global health, regulatory medicine or research.
- VM 501- International Veterinary Medicine (or permission of the course coordinator)
- Enrolled as a veterinary student at WSU-CVM
- Register overseas field study with WSU Global Learning Department (Bryan Hall 105)
The program supplements the IVM information and practical animal experience provided in the professional curriculum at the WSU-CVM. VM 504 may be taken in partial fulfillment of requirements in the Global Animal Health Pathway (GAHP) with prior approval of the GAHP Coordinator.
More specifically it should:
1. Acquaint the student with delivery of veterinary services, animal husbandry, food safety and disease diagnostic techniques; control of animal diseases, including zoonotic diseases in an international environment.
2. Acquaint the student with the philosophical approaches and ethical relationships among veterinarians in private or public sectors of a foreign environment.
3. Increase the student's contact with a variety of for profit and non-profit organizations involved in IVM and global health work, including non-government organizations, pharmaceutical/animal feed and other animal related industries.
4. Understand the historical, socio-economic, cultural, political and environmental factors responsible for global health disparities.
5. Develop a multidisciplinary and multicultural perspective regarding global health.
6. Learn to collaborate effectively with professionals from diverse academic disciplines and cultural backgrounds.
7. Develop an awareness of the key diseases affecting animal health in middle and lower income countries, and the animal production systems in which these diseases are addressed.
8. Learn how to identify gaps in knowledge that limit effective control of animal and zoonotic disease and the roles for discovery, development, and implementation science in resolving animal health problems, thereby reducing global health disparities.
Principles of Program Operation
1. The minimum length of time at any site is three weeks. Additional time for travel, etc. must be considered, especially for overseas studies.
2. The duties of the student shall be set by the mentor at the externship site prior to the student's assignment with consultation and approval of the program coordinator at WSU-CVM. In general, the student shall have no primary responsibility, but work under the supervision of the mentor to perform assignments which encompass all aspects of professional activity in the experience. The daily activities should not be less than 40 or more than 60 hours per week and the duties will be assigned by the on-site mentor.
3. Mentors should be progressive, professionally competent who will function as teachers in a busy environment.
4. The site of the program should provide a learning environment with emphasis on gaining experience associated with IVM and/or global animal health. Students should not be assigned housekeeping duties beyond those normally performed by the mentor.
5. Housing, expenses related to travel, food, passport, visa, immunization etc. are the responsibility of the student.
6. Adequate professional and personal insurance is mandatory. The student should confirm that his/her accident/health insurance provides coverage in the destination country and the mechanism for activation of the insurance benefits.
7. WSU will not be responsible for any liability claims by the student for acts of war, terrorism, etc., in the host country
1. One week (40 hours) of externship would represent one semester credit.
2. S, F grade (Satisfactory or Fail) will be given for the externship. The grade will be based on - active participation, demonstrated knowledge base, hypothesis generation; information gathering; technical, communication and interpersonal skills. The mentors, at externship site and at WSU will have the major input in the grade. The mentors may consult the program coordinator.
The Externship Site Mentor's Responsibility
1. Conduct him or herself in a professional and ethical manner.
2. Assume the responsibility of a faculty member during the instructional program. Meet with the student weekly to discuss the externship performance, problems and goals, etc.
3. Supervise all aspects of the student's professional activities. The mentor should not consider the student as a substitute employee. The externship is a portion of the student's professional curriculum. The student should not be left unsupervised as it detracts from the educational experience.
4. Instruct the student so that they understand their duties regarding the externship site.
5. Assign student to cover as many aspects of IVM as possible.
6. Assign responsibilities of the student in accordance with local (state), and the country's (federal) legal limits.
7. Prepare the student evaluation form and participate in the assignment of a grade.
The Student's responsibility
1. Consider the on-site mentor as a faculty member. Follow instructions on all professional matters as given by the mentor whose decisions are final. This includes fulfilling his or her time commitment to the educational opportunity that has been offered. Present a 30-60 minute seminar on WSU veterinary education, and other related topics at the host institution.
2. Conduct him or herself in an ethical and professional manner; and maintain professional appearance and integrity at all times.
3. Provide his or her own clothing and footwear, unless other arrangements are specifically made.
4. Keep all professional matters confidential.
5. Submit the evaluation form to the WSU program coordinator within two weeks of conclusion of the externship.
6. Present a seminar on the experiences to the WSU faculty and students.
Incompatibility of externship site and student: If the mentor feels that the continued presence of the student in the program is unacceptable, removal of the student may be requested. If the student feels that their continuation within the program is unacceptable, they may request removal. If reasonable conciliation measures have failed, the student will be removed.
Dr. Mushtaq A. Memon
Global Animal Health Pathway Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
Vet Med Student Services & Course Registration email@example.com
Global Learning Advisor Externship Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
Funding Your Experience
Check following sources:
- SAVMA Multicultural Student Outreach Committee Scholarship – see the SAVMA rep
- AVMA Student Externship Stipend Program - http://www.avma.org/savma/services.asp
- Morris Animal Foundation - www.morrisanimalfoundation.org/professionals/veterinary-students
- WSU Education Abroad Scholarship - http://ip.wsu.edu/global-learning/education-abroad/scholarships/home.html
- WSU-IVSA Travel Scholarship: http://www.vetmed.wsu.edu/clubs_ivsa/ivsa.asp
- IVSA (parent organization of WSU-IVSA) www.ivsa.org
- SCAVMA Travel Grant: See your SCAVMA representative for more information
- GPSA Travel Grants: http://www.wsu.edu/~gpsa/Programs/Travelgrant/index.html
- Freeman-Asia: www.iie.org/Freeman-ASIA
- Susan Bradish Travel Grant ($1,000) for externship in a developing country with food animal emphasis. See Dr. Memon for more information
Useful Travel information: Smart Traveler application for Itunes and Android markets. A brief tidbit on the application is provided below and the web site for downloading the application and additional details is located at http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/rls/dos/165020.htm