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Veterinary students get hands-on training at Animal Services


Last updated 11/30/2017 at Noon

Veterinarian Dr. Jim Babbitt and Pima Medical Institute extern Shannon Blakeman examine a shelter dog at county Animal Services.

Tracy DeFore

County of San Diego

Communications Office

What was once a passion for animals is now a career in the making for veterinary student Shannon Blakeman. The Pima Medical Institute student is getting hands-on veterinary training through an externship at San Diego County Animal Services.

Externships are similar to internships, but typically they are shorter, involve job shadowing and rarely offer academic credit. At PMI, externs get the hands-on experience, are graded and must pass in order to graduate.

The former real estate agent is the 12th extern at Animal Serv...

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