Veterinary Students Gain Valuable Experience at JHS thanks to Maddie

The Jacksonville Humane Society was awarded a generous grant from Maddie’s Fund in 2019 to host eight veterinary externships with students from around the world! Thanks to Maddie’s, the students experienced hands-on learning in our veterinary services division. They completed rounds, performed surgeries and assisted in medical emergencies under the guidance of our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Stan Hill, and JHS veterinarian, Dr. Katie Green.

The externs shared these reflections about their experience at JHS:

My time at JHS was certainly well spent. My learning in this time period was exponential and I will carry the things that I did and saw with me for the rest of my career. In addition to my learning, I also made lasting connections with some fantastic mentors to help guide me in the future. I will be a better, stronger, more competent and humble veterinarian because of the time I spent at Jacksonville Humane Society.” – Kayla, University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, Class of 2020

I am originally from the Jacksonville area and am very interested in shelter medicine which is what led me to the externship opportunity at the Jacksonville Humane Society. This organization has confirmed my interest in this part of veterinary medicine. I loved seeing the way the entire veterinary team worked together and communicated. The work done here is very meaningful and you can see the passion that each employee carries with them towards their work. It was refreshing to see such an efficiently run clinic with people that seemed to genuinely enjoy the work that they do.” – Madison, Massey University New Zealand, Class of 2019

Two weeks at Jacksonville Humane Society flew by as I was enveloped in the world of shelter medicine. Each day consisted of surgeries, medical rounds, and even some emergency surprises. I fell in love with this shelter from day one and left feeling confident that this was the type of career I wanted to do. The veterinarians, Dr. Green and Dr. Hill, are both incredible doctors and teachers. They challenged me to think and work independently while also providing an abundance of information whenever I asked questions or needed clarification.” – Rainey, University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, Class of 2020

A Maddie’s veterinary extern performs a spay surgery at the Jacksonville Humane Society.

This educational opportunity was made possible #ThanksToMaddie.