Veterinary future: We get by with a little help from our friends

Our VPI veterinary student extern program has wrapped up for 2014. We hope we’ve helped two incredible young women become better prepared for a future where financial savvy is almost as necessary any other part of their veterinary education.  Actually, I’d take out the “almost,” because as our VPI-Veterinary Economics Financial Health Study and  other industry reports detail, young veterinarians face a different world than they did a generation ago.

Economics aside, the passion for our profession remains very strong, as Jonica Thompson and Jennifer Gregory reminded us all these last two week.

Bob L. Antin, VCA Antech's CEO, generously grants our externs some of his time. Nicole Numbers (right), VPI's Veterinary Education Program Specialist, manages our extern program.
Bob L. Antin, VCA Antech’s CEO, generously grants our externs some of his time. Nicole Numbers (right), VPI’s Veterinary Education Program Specialist, manages our extern program.

Veterinary Pet Insurance is based in Brea, Calif., in sunny Orange County. Southern California is also home to VCA Antech, which is based in West Los Angeles. The proximity allows us to take our externs for a field trip, not only to VCA Antech’s corporate headquarters but also to the VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital —  AAHA accredited and a  showplace of a practice if there ever was one.

The VCA visits are one of the highlights of the week for our veterinary students, and we’re always grateful to Bob for his time.

More on our externship is here. We’re already looking forward to next summer’s interns, and can’t wait to see who applies.