Training Vets - Home for Pets!

We, the doctors and staff of Brook-Falls Veterinary Hospital & Exotic Care, Inc. are committed to caring for exotic pets and helping them to live long, healthy and happy lives.  We cannot do it all alone. The education and experience veterinary students receive in school working with exotic species is often very limited and varies greatly from school to school.   We are in a unique position to improve this situation and improve the lives of exotic pets.  Since we purchased the practice in 2007, we have had an active externship program that allows veterinary students in their final year of education to come and learn about these special species and how to help care for their unique needs.  Through the years we have hosted countless students from various universities throughout the US, as well as several international students, in an effort to spread the knowledge.

In order to give students valuable experiences that they can take with them, we have partnered with HAWS and ElmBrook Humane Society. They graciously supply exotic pets needing sterilization prior to being put up for adoption and we assist the students in performing these surgeries at no charge to the organizations.  It is a win/win for all: the students get valuable experience and the pets get to be placed with loving homes.  Steph Kurth, one of our vet student externs, recently performed Ovirectomies on two guinea pigs, Lucy  and Ginger from HAWS. Both Lucy and Ginger are now up for adoption!

 

Steph Kurth recently spent two weeks at our clinic. Steph is originally from Waukesha, WI and went to UW-Madison for her Bachelor of Science in wildlife ecology, which first sparked her love of special species medicine. Throughout her undergraduate and veterinary school years at UW-Madison she was involved in several research projects working on topics such as sloth genetics, coyote and fox disease ecology, chronic wasting disease in deer and white-nose syndrome in bats, all of which furthered her passion veterinary medicine. Additionally, through these projects she found her love of providing education and awareness of infectious diseases of special species that affect us. After graduating she plans to work in a private practice, ideally working with exotics and small animals, for several years while obtaining a Master’s degree, ultimately in the hopes of pursuing a career in wildlife health.

We were so happy to have Steph join us and in turn, she appreciated our mentorship. She wrote us a wonderful thank you note detailed below:

 

 

“Dr.’s Bloss, Follett, Wittenburg, Lien, Schimek, and Kase   —- Thank you all so much for allowing me to tag along with each of you during these past two weeks!  With most of my special species experiences being in wildlife and research-based, I was really excited to observe and learn from exotic companion animal veterinarians in a private practice setting.  Being at Brook-Falls and listening to your thought processes and conversations with owners has really helped to solidify husbandry and disease issues that were just barely touched upon in our vet school curriculum.  I also appreciated the opportunities you gave me to practice handling animals, doing diagnostic and therapeutic procedures and especially the opportunity to perform ovirectomies on the guinea pigs. Thank you again for taking the time to teach even during your busiest days.  Special thanks to the rest of the Brook-Falls team for making me feel welcome and also for helping and teaching me along the way.  “  – Steph  Kurth

Learn More About Our Externs and Their Stories Below!

Brook-Falls Welcomes 4th Year Extern Emma Sweet

Brook-Falls Welcomes 4th Year Extern Emma Sweet

Brook-Falls Veterinary Hospital & Exotic Care would like to welcome 4th-year extern Emma Sweet. Emma will be joining Brook-Falls from September 20th through October 3, 2021. Emma is originally from Hartland, WI, and obtained her Bachelors of Science in Biology and...

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Brook-Falls Welcomes 4th Year Extern Luci Krenzke

Brook-Falls Welcomes 4th Year Extern Luci Krenzke

Brook-Falls Veterinary Hospital & Exotic Care would like to welcome 4th-year extern Luci Krenzke. Luci will be joining Brook-Falls Veterinary, Monday June 28th, through Sunday July 11th.   Luci is a 4th-year veterinary student at the University of...

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Brook-Falls Welcomes 4th Year Extern Cailey Vandermark

Brook-Falls Welcomes 4th Year Extern Cailey Vandermark

Brook-Falls Veterinary Hospital & Exotic Care would like to welcome 4th-year extern Cailey Vandermark. Cailey will be joining Brook-Falls today,  Monday, June 7th, and will be with us through June 20th, 2021. Cailey is a fourth-year veterinary student at the...

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Brook-Falls Welcomes 4th Year Extern Margaret Virnich

Brook-Falls Welcomes 4th Year Extern Margaret Virnich

Brook-Falls Veterinary Hospital & Exotic Care would like to welcome 4th-year extern Margaret Virnich.   Margaret will be joining Brook-Falls today,  Monday, November 9th, and will be with us through November 22, 2020. Margaret Virnich is currently a...

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Brook-Falls Welcomes 4th Year Extern Karis Quandt-Walle

Brook-Falls Welcomes 4th Year Extern Karis Quandt-Walle

Brook-Falls Veterinary Hospital & Exotic Care would like to welcome extern Karis Quandt-Walle. Karis will be joining Brook-Falls on Monday, July 20, 2020. Karis Quandt-Walle is currently a fourth-year veterinary student who is excited to complete an externship...

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Brook-Falls Welcomes 4th Year Extern Beth Mueller

Brook-Falls Welcomes 4th Year Extern Beth Mueller

Brook-Falls Veterinary Hospital & Exotic Care would like to welcome extern Beth Mueller! She will be joining Brook-Falls on Monday, June 8, 2020. Beth is a current veterinary student in her 4th year at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Beth completed...

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Brook-Falls Welcomes 4th Year Extern, Alison Toetz

Brook-Falls Welcomes 4th Year Extern, Alison Toetz

Brook-Falls Veterinary Hospital & Exotic Care would like to welcome extern Alison Toetz! Alison is currently in her final year of a Veterinary Medicine degree in London at the Royal Veterinary College, graduating in June 2020. She is originally from the Milwaukee...

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Brook-Falls Welcomes 4th Year Extern, Natalie Tym

Brook-Falls Welcomes 4th Year Extern, Natalie Tym

Brook-Falls Veterinary Hospital & Exotic Care would like to welcome extern Natalie Tym. Twenty-six-year-old Natalie Tym has finished her second year of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program in Sydney, Australia. Natalie has been passionate about animals since...

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Brook-Falls Welcomes 4th Year Extern Alyssa Karklus

Brook-Falls Welcomes 4th Year Extern Alyssa Karklus

Brook-Falls Veterinary Hospital & Exotic Care would like to welcome 4th-year extern Alyssa Karklus. Alyssa is currently finishing his fourth year of veterinary school at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine. Originally from Madison, Alyssa...

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