High School & Undergrad Internship | Harcum College Working Dog Certificate Program | Apprenticeship | Ovarian Cancer Detection Veterinary Student Internship | Veterinary Student Externship | Veteran Fellowship | Training Continuing Education

High School & College Student Internship

The Penn Vet Working Dog Center is excited to offer internships without credit to high school and college students as well  as to those seeking academic credit within the guidelines of your academic institution. Internships are available in, but not exclusive to, the areas of veterinary medicine, dog training, behavioral science and non-profit management. An emphasis on research is integral to each of these areas. Our internship program is designed for students with a serious interest in working dogs to gain practical experience while helping the Penn Vet Working Dog Center achieve our mission of developing a detection dog breeding/training program that will implement, test, and disseminate the knowledge gained.

Duties can be tailored to fit into different educational majors as much as practically possible such as non-profit management, digital media, marketing, fundraising, etc.

  • Summer Interns – application closed at this time
  • Intersession Interns – rolling admission

Download Position Description & Application Instructions HERE.

Submit application materials to Judi Berke at berkej@vet.upenn.edu.

Harcum College Working Dog Certificate Program

We have partnered with the Veterinary Technology Program at Harcum College to offer a 10 credit Working Dog Certificate Program. This certificate is ideal for those with a serious interest in working dogs who may or may not have prior college-level instruction in veterinary technology.

  • VET222 is the first of the two part program and is an online course that provides an opportunity to gain working dog knowledge you will apply in the second aprt of the program
  • VET223 provides practical hands-on experience and covers all aspects of training detection dogs for law enforcement, search & rescue, and medical detection

Apprenticeship

Advance your working dog training skills with renowned experts in the field! With a combined 50 + years of experience, Annemarie DeAngelo and Pat Kaynaroglu will provide specialized scent detection training for apprentices looking to enhance their knowledge, build on current skills and be able to pursue a career in canine training. Selected applicants will gain hands-on experience in all aspects of training detection dogs for law enforcement, search and rescue, and medical detection.

Duration: 10 weeks, 35 hours/week hands-on working dog training course
Tuition: $10,000

REQUIREMENTS:

Applicants must be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Basic canine training skills as demonstrated through outside training courses, number of hours, and number of dogs/clients
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of proper execution of the core elements of canine obedience
  • Working knowledge of marker training

Applicants must be able to explain and apply operant conditioning training methods

Applicants must be able to describe puppy development and how to implement safe and appropriate puppy socialization exercises

Applicants must understand:

  • The impact of the human animal bond in K9 training and working dogs
  • Canine behavior and body language
  • The responsibilities associated with dog ownership and training

Applicants must be 18 years of age

Download Position Description & Application Instructions HERE.

Submit application materials to Judi Berke at berkej@vet.upenn.edu.

Ovarian Cancer Detection Veterinary Student Internship

*DEADLINE Monday, February 29, 2016 at midnight Eastern Time

OCSALogo_VerticalNow accepting applications for a summer research internship at the Penn Vet Working Dog Center funded by the Ovarian Cancer Symptom Awareness Organization. This is a paid summer internship for a 1st or 2nd year veterinary student who is interested in learning more about medical detection and the role of detection dogs. The internship will run from the middle of May to the middle of August. Interns will be responsible for data entry and analysis, project planning, and assisting in the day to day aspects of performing the study.

Criteria:

  • 1st or 2nd year veterinary student
  • Comprehensive understanding of the Penn Vet Working Dog Center’s medical detection program and ovarian detection research
  • Attention to detail and ability to work well with others are essential
  • Dog handling experience is helpful but not necessary

To apply, submit the following documents for review:

  • Cover letter which should include your understanding of our program and describe the value your experience and knowledge will bring to our research and training program
  • Resume
  • One letter of reference (minimum)

All applications will be reviewed by our research and training team and finalists will be invited for an interview.

Please submit your application to berkej@upenn.edu.

Veterinary Student Externship

The Externship rotation for veterinary students is Monday thru Friday. We are open from 7am to 7pm so students can plan on spending between 8 and 10 hours a day at the Center.

All aspects of working dog medicine including nutrition, behavior, training, dentistry, sports medicine, conditioning, disaster response, reproduction, emergency first aid, preventive medicine and genetics will be addressed. There is both research and practical component to this externship. Students in their clinical year are welcome to apply for a 2-4 week rotation at the center. We accept summer interns as well. Housing is not provided. No stipend is provided.

Download full position description HERE.

Students must provide a letter indicating current vet school enrollment, have an adequate rabies titer, health insurance and liability insurance. The WDC does not provide housing and we do not handle visas. We accept students only from AVMA accredited schools.

To apply, submit a cover letter outlining your reasons for requesting acceptance, dates you wish to do your externship, resume, and a minimum of one letter of recommendation to Dr. Cindy Otto at cmotto@vet.upenn.edu.

Veteran Fellowship

We appreciate the men and women who have served our country and recognize the special contributions that American soldiers make to the future generation of working dogs being training at the Penn Vet Working Dog Center. We have partnered with The Mission Continues to provide fellowship opportunities for post 9/11 Veterans wishing to continue to serve at home.

To participate, the first step is to register with The Mission Continues HERE.

Training Continuing Education

The Penn Vet Working Dog Center is working to partner with leading dog training certifying bodies to provide CE credit for trainers. Stay tuned for more information.

Jessica Nord, V'15 University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine

Jessica Nord, V’15
University of Pennsylvania
School of Veterinary Medicine

 

Ashley Crandall - U.S. Army The Mission Continues Fellowship

Ashley Crandall
U.S. Army
The Mission Continues Fellowship

 

2013 Canine Handler Academy counselors (left to right) Lauren McTiernan, Caitlyn Kuczko & Lindsay Gallagher

2013 Canine Handler Academy counselors (left to right) Lauren McTiernan, Caitlyn Kuczko & Lindsay Gallagher