LSU Vet Med provides specialized clinical training for students from other veterinary schools across the country and beyond
Each year, the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine partners with other veterinary schools and colleges to provide their students with expert clinical knowledge in a setting that offers
services such as oncology, cardiology, dermatology, integrative medicine, shelter medicine, equine, ophthalmology, emergency and critical care, theriogenology, and wildlife medicine.
Nicholas Linzner, a 2022 Doctor of Veterinary Medicine candidate at Western University of Health Sciences, based in Pomona, Calif., completed a month-long externship in October at LSU Vet Med, where he obtained clinical experience that expanded his knowledge in radiology and exotic animal medicine and more.
“My externship experience was unlike anything I could get at my home campus, which doesn't have the space to provide so much exposure in one location. At LSU Vet Med, I got the hands-on experience I needed—knowledge targeted to my career goals,” said Linzner.
Linzner learned refined radiographic positioning and interpretation techniques, and how to apply them to equine and exotic animal medicine. He found the broad exposure to cases most beneficial, for example, positioning horses for CT scans and ultrasound procedures and working with anesthesiologists. He took on-call emergency shifts where he was on standby if radiographs were needed for emergency cases. Doing so involved hourly checkups on patients, helping to stabilize them, and administering medications. Also among the cases he was involved in were animals hit by cars and a horse with a tooth abscess needing radiographs to help guide the medical procedure.
“I was able to talk with residents about the cases, and they included me in rounds to observe. LSU has so many knowledgeable staff and faculty and access to excellent equipment and effective techniques,” Linzner said.
Linzner discovered a passion for diagnostic imaging through the summer research program at his university, where he utilized CT scans to create 3D-printable splints for exotic avian species.
“After graduation, I plan to pursue a residency to become board-certified in radiology. My goal is to enroll in a residency program that will allow me to develop this research for other exotic animals while becoming a skilled specialist. I feel like I’m well on my way,” Linzner said.
LSU Vet Med currently has two students doing externships in Exotics. One is from Texas A&M and the other is from the University of Puerto Rico. Two additional students, one from the University of Georgia studying Radiology and one from Mississippi State University studying Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care.
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The LSU School of Veterinary Medicine is one of only 32 veterinary schools in the U.S. and the only one in Louisiana. We are dedicated to improving the lives of people and animals through superior education, transformational research, and compassionate care. We teach. We heal. We discover. We protect.
Sandra Sarr, MFA