MADISON, Wis. — The WROF, Inc. is always looking for innovative ways to invest in rural Wisconsin’s bright future. In partnership with the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP), the WROF, Inc. now offers a new opportunity for students and Wisconsin veterinary clinics: the WROF, Inc. Veterinary Medicine Externship Program.
“The goal of the externship program is to increase opportunities for current food animal veterinary students to gain experience and first-hand knowledge while forging meaningful relationships with Wisconsin veterinary practices,” says Dr. Jerry Gaska, WROF, Inc. Board Director and Chair, WROF, Inc. Veterinary Medicine Externship Program. “By creating these partnerships with students and clinics, our purpose is to increase the number of food animal veterinarians practicing in Wisconsin.” Across the country, the number of food animal veterinarians has dropped over the past several decades. Wisconsin is no exception, as the shortage continues to grow at home, as well.
Because externships are often not paid and students struggle to cover living expenses, this program will provide a $2,000 stipend for Wisconsin students to have an externship experience at a food animal veterinary clinic in Wisconsin which will help address the current shortage of food animal veterinarians in Wisconsin. The stipends are funded by participating veterinary clinics and matching gifts from the WROF, Inc. Clinics that realize the benefits of receiving one of these students may invest $1,000 to be matched in full by the WROF, Inc. which is awarded to the student. The WROF, Inc. will match 10 gifts of $1,000 through the end of this fiscal year.
Students selected for the program are placed in a veterinary clinic for 2-4 weeks, generally over the summer, and work day-to-day with the clinic veterinarians. To qualify, the student needs to be an AABP student member and at least one of the practitioners in the clinic needs to be an AABP member.
Applications are now open and can be found at the AABP (http://aabp.org). Veterinary clinics wishing to participate in this opportunity may connect with Dr. Jerry Gaska to discuss their interest by emailing Drjerry@dairyhealthservices.com.
— Wisconsin Rural Opportunities Foundation