Veterinary/Tech and Working Student Opportunities

Students consulting with Dr. Hannah

Veterinary Students

Dr. Hannah welcomes veterinary students interested in equine medicine to perform formal or informal internship/preceptorships with Cedarbrook Veterinary Care. This program allows students to observe a variety of patients and assist with numerous procedures including dental floats, lameness exams and various medical procedures. Veterinary students are quickly put to work assisting the veterinarian and become an important part of our team. Students interested in alternative medicine will gain a valuable introduction into various modalities including acupuncture, chiropractic and homeopathy.

For Dr. Hannah, this program is a labor of love. In veterinary school, humane hands-on learning experiences for students were lacking. Students in many programs were expected to practice surgery on healthy animals that were then euthanized at the end of the lab or the course (‘Terminal Surgeries’). Dr. Hannah was unwilling to participate in this kind of education and sought out an ‘alternative tract’ or other ways to gain hands-on learning for live animal surgeries.

Dr. Hannah found that a win-win situation could be achieved by pairing veterinary and vet tech students in need of practice with a professionals like herself to benefit everyone involved.

"I found that equine experience was much more difficult to come by versus small animal experiences, and since horses have always been my focus, this was what I needed to do in order to give back," said Dr. Hannah. "While it took a lot of leg work and time to organize these learning experiences, the efforts are well worth it."

Research shows vet students who opt out of terminal surgeries graduate from school with a higher level of compassion for their patients. This compassion is what motivates vets to do a good job with every individual case in their practice - and for Dr. Hannah it is one of the most important components to being a good veterinarian!

Out of this passion, Dr. Hannah founded Northwest Equine Stewardship Center (www.nwesc.org) and the Cedarbrook vet/tech/working students program.

Vet Tech/Vet Assistant Students

Dr. Hannah welcomes veterinary technician and veterinary assistant students interested in equine medicine to perform both their required internship hours as well as additionally desired hours for more hands on experience with Cedarbrook Veterinary Care. As with the veterinary student program, this program allows students to observe a variety of patients. Vet tech/assistant students also work in their capacity assisting the doctor for numerous procedures including dental floats, lameness exams and various medical procedures. Students are quickly put to work assisting the veterinarian and become an important part of our team. Students interested in alternative medicine will gain a valuable introduction into various modalities including acupuncture, chiropractic and homeopathy.

Working Students and Job Shadowing

If you are considering a career in the equine veterinary field, are experienced working with horses, and are over 13 years of age we have opportunities for you as well! We can set up a job shadowing ride along time for you to spend a day riding along with Dr. Hannah to seeing first-hand what the day of an equine veterinarian and vet tech looks like. After you have completed a ride along, if you are interested in becoming a working student, you can interview to become a working student. Working students commit to at least one day a month and help with farm chores, truck cleaning/stocking, and veterinary assisting.

If you are interested in one of these opportunities contact our office at (360) 794-9255. All students are also encouraged to volunteer with Northwest Equine Stewardship Center and participate in NWESC educational opportunities. See www.nwesc.orgfor more information.

Student Testimonials

Right off the bat you could tell that Dr. Hannah was a teacher at heart, and she really wants you to be your best and succeed. I enjoy her company very much, and her calm disposition is very helpful, especially when you’re asking her how you can improve as an employee. It’s inspiring to see how the animals respond to her. It’s very encouraging to know you don’t have to be up tight to handle an animal no matter the size. I personally would work with Dr. Hannah any chance I get.

Jessica L. - PIMA Vet Tech Graduate

Thank you and your staff for the warm welcome during my visit. I had very good quality educational time and I really enjoyed every minute of that. The hands-on experience in respect to equine medicine with you was outstanding. Surely this time has improved my skills and helped me gain valuable experience; I feel more confidence to pass the equine part of CPE exam.

Once again, thank you so much for your cooperation and understanding.

Nasser I. – Veterinarian from Tehran University, Iran

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