Veterinary Extern – Specialty

Job Description

Job Description

California Animal Rehabilitation (CARE) is an integrative, holistic animal rehabilitation clinic housed in an 8,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility in west Los Angeles. We see mostly dogs, some cats, and the rare exotic small animal.

Treatment modalities employed include: acupuncture, animal physical rehabilitation, underwater treadmill, pool swims, cold laser, “red” (wound healing) laser, ultrasound, pulsed signal therapy, tPEMF, acupuncture, western and Chinese herbology, homeopathy, electronical stimulation, massage, etc.

We are a full-scale facility with rehabilitation, orthotic and cart fittings, preventative fitness, boarding, and grooming available in-house.

Our unique treatment model pairs Doctors of Physical Therapy certified in canine rehabilitation with veterinarians certified in acupuncture and canine rehabilitation.

Our case breakdown is approximately:

  • 40% neurological
  • 40% orthopedic
  • 20% miscellaneous other
  • Geriatric patients account for approximately 75% of cases
  • 50 patients per day

Most of the hands-on experience would consist of palpation, demonstration of physical therapy modalities, involvement in case discussions, etc. ; the level of hands-on experience is dependent upon the extern her/himself. While we cannot allow externs to “treat” patients, we provide whatever hands-on experience is possible within that parameter.

The extern will be responsible for active attention and intellectual participation during observation of the full range of CARE’s services.
• Geriatrics account for approximately 75% of our case load
• We see roughly 50 patients a day in total each day

o In general, each patient is seen by a physical therapist CCRT and a veterinarian CCRT during their session at CARE
• Your schedule would be arranged around your individual externship goals, and to make sure that you observe the full range of therapeutic services at CARE.

o You would observe multiple CCRTs during your externship
• Your hands-on experience would consist of demonstrating proficiency in the skills observed during your externship. You would not be the one to actually “treat” any patients.

  • While with a Doctor of Physical Therapy, you would demonstrate stretches/ROM/manipulations you observed during the session

A unique aspect of our treatment model is the pairing of a Doctor of Physical Therapy with CCRT veterinarians to produce the most comprehensive results.

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Los Angeles, California, United States

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