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Externships: Rules and Regulations

Required Documentation

Students are responsible for setting up their own externship experiences and completing all paperwork within the required deadlines. The sign-up/drop deadline is at least one month before the start of the experience. Some experiences must be scheduled years ahead of time.

A completed Registration Form must be submitted to Student Services with all signatures at least one month prior to the experience to officially register for the externship. Students should plan accordingly and allow time to get the necessary signatures. If the completed form is not received by the deadline, the student may be dropped from the externship and required to register for a clinical rotation.

*Not applicable to students completing Equine, Food Animal, or Mixed Animal experiences through VMP 990-Large Animal Community Classroom: see the website for instructions.

Due one month after the experience are 3 documents: the Supervisor Evaluation; the Student Report; and the student's Case Log, signed by the supervising veterinarian. A Case Log is a written log of cases seen by the student during his/her experience, and it must be signed by the supervising veterinarian. All post-experience forms should be submitted directly to Student Services - they will distribute to the appropriate faculty.

*Again, not applicable to students completing Equine, Food Animal, or Mixed Animal experiences through VMP 990-Large Animal Community Classroom: see the website for instructions.

Optional Documentation (may be required depending on location)

Grading and Credit

Students will be graded on a Pass/Fail basis. The grade will comprise of a mix of the Supervisor's Evaluation and the signed Case Log, but other evaluations may also be used. Failure to complete the course requirements will result in an unsatisfactory grade.

Clinical-year students can receive a maximum of 6 credits (3 rotations) for clinical-year externship rotations unless additional externships are specifically required for their focus area.

Time Requirements

NC State Clinical-Year Students: all Clinical extramural experiences must be taken for a minimum of 10 full working days.

Contract Students: because Contract Schools measure clinical year credits by weeks, the number of weeks at an externship determines the amount of credit received for the experience.

Selectives [1st-3rd Year Students]: one week (5 working days) is the minimum length of time for 1 credit of extramural experience. Two credits requires 10 days of work.

Restrictions & Extenuating Circumstances

Externship Restrictions

Extenuating Circumstances