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Help a vet student to serve as they learn.

“It changed my life. I never knew animal over- population was this bad. I can’t believe what people do to these innocent animals – how can I help? The experience I gained during this externship will serve me the rest of my life. I came in a student, I left a vet.”

These are only a few of the words shared with us by various Auburn veterinary students.

GBHS started the shelter medicine externship program in 2015. One year later it is the #1 requested externship at Auburn’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Vet students were graduating from Auburn with as few as two independent surgical experiences. Our program ensures each student his/her own surgical table for two weeks.

Students are supervised and taught by a full-time Auburn professor and a shelter veterinarian who together help improve the student’s surgical and diagnosis techniques. Students may perform as many as 10 spay/neuters a day giving them valuable skills and confidence. Additionally, they are exposed to diverse health issues not usually seen in private practice. This further improves their abilities as a future veterinarian. Housing is also provided since GIVE many students are from out-of-state.

HOPE Your gift of sponsorship of the Shelter Medicine Program is critical to our animals’ access to high quality veterinary care. This program increases spay/ neuters and directly saves animals’ lives.


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Student Sponsorship Levels

Gift of one shelter animal’s vaccinations, Gift of one spay/neuter for a shelter pet, Gift of share of a table, Gift of sponsorship of one emergency response, Gift of sponsorship of one student surgical table, Gift of sponsorship of one student’s housing

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