Student Information

Student Name

Aria Castori




Internship Information

Company/Organization: The Humane Society of New York

Mentor(s):Ms. Susan Richmond, Dr. Michael Rubinstein

Topic of Internship

Veterinary Medicine

Background Information

Founded in 1904, the original mission of the Humane Society of New York was to protect New York City's horses from abuse. The society was funded and expanded into the hospital and adoption center that it is today, treating upwards of 30,000 cats and dogs annually. Throughout the years, the HSNY has maintained a similar mission: to care for animals in need, whose owners are of limited means. The HSNY is an animal clinic more than a hospital, but what sets it apart from other clinics is that the quality of care is up to par despite the very affordable rates. The HSNY tries to think of the animals it treats as individuals, physically and emotionally.

Summary of Internship

As an intern at the HSNY, I am exposed to all aspects of veterinary medicine. I rotate weekly between clinic and surgery; for example, one week I'll shadow Dr. Rubinstein as he meets with patients and their owners for appointments and the next week I'll shadow surgeons as they operate and perform dental procedures. While in clinic, I assist the vet by performing simple tests, drawing up vaccines, and counting pills in the pharmacy. While in surgery, I set up for and clean up after surgeries. I've seen an unbelievable variety of cases and surgeries, such as neuters and spays, foreign body removals, wound exploratories, and cystotomies. The list goes on and on. As a result of my internship at the HSNY, I have the most complete idea of what life would be like as a veterinarian, learning countless tips and techniques in addition to understanding how an animal's body functions from a bird's eye view. I highly recommend the HSNY for anyone considering to become a vet.

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