CCD: Tell us about your internship experience. What were your responsibilities?
Larissa: I was responsible for assisting in the treatment of the patients in the Intensive Care Unit. I ran blood work in the lab to assist with the diagnostic process. When it was not busy I would make sure all of the drawers and shelves were stocked and that all of the exam rooms were clean.
CCD: What was the best thing about the experience? What was the worst?
Larissa: The most rewarding part of my experience was seeing animals go home healthy and happy after coming into the hospital with a poor prognosis. Some of the difficulties included long shifts that ended very late (as is the nature of emergency rooms) and keeping calm in a high stress, fast-paced environment.
CCD: What was the most memorable moment of your experience?
Larissa: The most memorable moment was when a bulldog was rushed to the back of the hospital. He was crashing and required CPR. CPR protocol states that the individual performing CPR should switch off with another person every two minutes. I was assisting with the crash cart when the doctor performing CPR called on me to switch with them. It was an incredible experience being an integral part of stabilizing the patient.
CCD: What advice would you give to another student about making the most of an internship experience?
Larissa: There is always something to learn from any experience you have. Even though I do not wish to become a technician or veterinarian, I learned so much about myself and others. I now feel more confident and more mature in the professional world.