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Student Externships

National Greyhound Adoption Program was founded in Philadelphia in 1989. We are committed to providing specialized medical and surgical care for former racing greyhounds. We arrange transport for them from various tracks to our Philadelphia facility where they receive top of the line medical care and vaccines, are treated for parasites, spayed or neutered, and have their teeth cleaned and evaluated. NGAP houses approximately 50-75 greyhounds at our facility continuously. We adopt approximately 150 greyhounds a year. The greyhounds remain with NGAP until the right home is found. Greyhounds often have severe periodontal disease. We make every effort to preserve the teeth with bonding and lasering. However, multiple extractions are often necessary. It is our belief that we do more anesthesia protocol on greyhounds each year than anywhere in the United States.

We provide high level medical and surgical care to both our adoptees and the community at large. In addition to veterinary services provided to our in-house greyhounds and to greyhound owners, Dutton Road Veterinary Clinic, part of National Greyhound Adoption Program, sees and treats cats and dogs belonging to the general public. Five days a week, spays and neuters are performed, as well as other soft tissue surgeries and state of the art dental work. Our hospital has four operating/dental tables with Isoflurane machines and modern dental units. Our work stations are equipped with ventilators. There are many opportunities to work with our in house greyhounds and to work with the general public both with greyhounds and non-greyhound dogs and cats.

This externship will be an exciting opportunity for 4th year veterinary students from AVMA accredited veterinary schools interested in practicing excellent medicine and surgery. It is available all year. There are free accomodations for externs if desired. We are open 7 days a week. Please consider checking our website at You may also contact Mr. David Wolf with any further questions at 215-331-2968 or Our fax number is 215-331-1947.


The clinic is open five or six days a week with two staff doctors working eight hours per day. Each day, there is usually one doctor doing surgeries while the other sees clients. New externs begin by working with our veterinary technicians, assisting with examinations, vaccinations, nail clipping, ear cleaning, and many other duties. In surgery, externs will learn to pre-anesthetize, intubate, administer IV fluids, monitor breathing, check body temperature, watch vital signs, and anything else the doctor may need.

Externs will also work with our doctors in the exam room and may also go over case information with clients before the doctors come in.

For dental surgery, our techs do all of the ultrasonic cleaning, polishing and bonding. The doctors perform extractions and use the laser. Externs will have the opportunity to learn these dental specialty skills, as well as assist the doctor. Externs may also have the opportunity to perform spays and neuters on dogs under supervision after observing several.

We believe all of our externs have been quite pleased with the experience gained from our program.

For those students needing accommodations during their externship, our program offers two newly renovated extern apartments with the following ammenities:

Private locking room
Double-size adjustable bed
Flat screen TV
Desk area
Non-smoking facility
Eat-in kitchenette with range, microwave, and refrigerator
Includes pots and pans, cooking utensils, toaster, coffee pot, blender, and dishes
Locking safe for valuables
Shower stall;linens are included
Separate entrance with parking near apartment
Seperate heating and air conditioning
Shared laundry room between the two apartments

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How To Apply

To apply for this externship, please submit a resume and letter of intent via email to or fax to 215-331-1947. Please note that you will be required to provide proof of enrollment at your veterinary school and carry liability insurance for the duration of your time with us.

Thank you for your interest!

David G. Wolf
Director NGAP/DRVC

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