Student Information

Student Name

Kevin Chang




Internship Information

Company/Organization: The Humane Society of New York

Mentor(s):Sandra DeFoe & Dr. Michale Rubinstein

Topic of Internship

Veterinary Medicine

Background Information

Situated in a small apartment building on the corner of 59th Street and 2nd Avenue, the Humane Society of New York continues its century old tradition of caring for animals. HSNY has evolved over the years from treating horses to treating cats and dogs, as well as other exotic animals. Sporting a small hospital and adoption clinic, without sacrificing quality, HSNY continues to be one of the most affordable clinics in New York City.

Summary of Internship

The first impression upon starting at HSNY was that they put the well-being of animals first. Even during my interview, a few cats were allowed to play around in the office, giving them some precious time out of their kennels. When I first started, I primarily stayed in the examination rooms, helping the veterinarian hold animals during exams, prepare vaccines, run tests, and help with recordkeeping. After getting used to the duties, I started alternating between the surgery ward and the examination rooms. In the surgery ward, I was able to watch over various surgeries, from the common neuter and spay surgeries, to more complicated ones such as repairing an affliction called “cherry eye”. When not watching surgeries, I get the opportunity to help prepare and setup for upcoming procedures. At the HSNY I’ve had the great opportunity to get firsthand experience on what a veterinarian will do, as well as lean about the basics of being in this field.

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