Our team of 18 Interns are made up of veterinary surgeons that have decided to devote one year of their life to working at Fitzpatrick Referrals with the sole aim of improving their understanding of canine and feline orthopaedics and neurosurgery.
The team rotate through the hospital – working in kennels caring for the inpatients, in the radiography department imaging patients and lastly assisting the senior surgeon team during surgery. Daily didactic rounds, weekly journal club and weekly radiograph classes help rapidly build their surgical and decision-making skills. The Interns do not carry out surgical procedures at Fitzpatrick Referrals, but are responsible for overseeing the care carried out by the nursing team and providing instant medical support, an Intern is always there when a patient is induced and under anaesthetic.
Their role is as an assistant to the senior surgeons, helping prepare the patient for surgery, assist in positioning the patient during surgery and ensuring the correct equipment is available for the planned procedure.
‘I came to Fitzpatrick Referrals two years ago to deepen my knowledge in orthopaedics and neurosurgery. I thought it was the best place to see a varied case load of unusual and interesting cases. I was right!
The programme is designed to expose the duty vets to the complexity of orthopaedics and neurosurgery and to prepare them to pursue a surgical residency or return to general practice with a broader skill base in orthopaedics and neurosurgery. Fitzpatrick Referrals sponsors several residencies both in the UK and the USA and eligible candidates have graduated from the Fitzpatrick Referrals internship program to entry onto a Fitzpatrick Referrals sponsored residency program.’
Daniel Mendoza, Surgical Intern 2014
Fitzpatrick Referrals offers Intern positions throughout the year. Find out how you could take part in this fantastic Intern scheme.