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Canyon Pet Hospital
Flagstaff, AZ

Job Description: Canyon Pet Hospital's mission is to be the premier veterinary hospital in Northern Arizona by providing quality, progressive veterinary medicine in a clean and modern veterinary facility that meets all the needs of our clients and their pets. We are a six doctor practice that offers routine appointments Mon-Sat 9am-5pm, and emergency/urgent care services 5pm-11pm with on-call overnight. There is a nurse on premise 24 hours a day to care for overnight patients. We have in house blood machines, digital radiography (with digital dental), full ultrasound, full physical therapy suite, bone plating capabilities, oxygen cages, separate cat and exotics wards, and blood products.

An extern would mainly shadow Dr. Carotenuto, who is the primary emergency doctor, three to four nights a week. Students with specific interests in exotics, physical therapy, ultrasound and surgery can be scheduled to shadow these doctors as well, but the emergency service provides a great opportunity to sample most of these areas. Third and fourth year externs would be given primary case responsibility over simple cases and would be mentored through more advanced medical and surgical work ups. First and second year externs would shadow the doctor and assisting in surgery. All of our nurses are experienced, patient teachers, so our clinic is a wonderful opportunity to practice clinical skills such as catheter placement, blood draws, etc.

The emergency service is fast paced and busy during summer months, seeing on average 12-20 patients in a 6-hour window, so this is a great time to experience lots of cases. If you are interested, an externship could take place before or after the annual CVM Navajo outreach trips in July and August, allowing you to meet up with those teams and participate in those mission trips concurrently. Spring and fall are still busy, but allow more time for teaching and discussion of cases. Winter months are slower, but allow the most time for in-depth teaching and learning. February is dental month and we do over 100 dentals during that time, so if you have a specific interest in that area, it would be a great time to visit. If you visit during the spring or fall, you may be asked to speak at the local Pre-Vet club at Northern Arizona University—just to share what it is like in veterinary school.

Faith Integration: God calls us to excellence is everything we do, as we are daily ambassadors for him. “Whatever you do, do unto Him.” That means being diligent, honest, hard-working, positive and uplifting in the workplace, whether to clients or staff. Owners who present their animals for emergencies are often stressed and worried, and as an emergency veterinarian, I have the opportunity to choose to speak life and love into the situation. Doing so is a daily mission.

Job Details: Externs need to be mature and ready to work hard and play hard. Hours can often exceed scheduled closing times, but time off is time off, and hospitalized cases are transferred to other doctors so that free time is truly unencumbered. We prefer veterinary students with a positive, willing-to-learn attitude who strive to exhibit the humility of Christ. This position is un-paid, but housing is available.

Typically lodging is available with Dr. Carotenuto in her guest room and a car is not necessary since you can ride into the office with her. We LOVE living in Flagstaff and know you will love visiting. Flagstaff offers a great balance of small college town (Northern Arizona University), but is close to Phoenix (it also has a local airport). Flagstaff is generally 30 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit cooler than Phoenix, so it is not your typical Arizona heat. Lastly, my husband is a Pastor with the Nazarene church locally, so an extern would join us for weekend services and if interested, further activities. Married couples are welcome.  You can bring your pets, but they would need to be boarded at the veterinary clinic.

Contact Information:
Contact Name: Sarah Carotenuto, DVM
Phone: 928-774-5197