A Cooperative Effort
The Mercer Clinic is a cooperative effort between multiple groups, including veterinary volunteers (doctors and students), undergraduate vet aide students, and veterinary companies sponsoring efforts. 30-50 veterinary students volunteer their time each month, working with clients, conducting physical exams, practicing preventive medicine on feline & canine patients (heartworm prevention, flea treatment, and vaccines), and working with sick patients along with the volunteer veterinarians.
The Mercer Clinic would not run smoothly without the help from the Vet-Aide Club, an undergraduate club that offers students the opportunity to gain experience with veterinary students and professionals. The Mercer Clinic gives these students the opportunity to gain crucial hands on experience while assisting at the clinic and working as a team with vet students.
The Mercer Clinic is also an extremely valuable educational experience for the veterinary students that volunteer their time. Not only do vet students get to apply what they have been learning in school, but they also get to practice presenting and working on cases with veterinarians. Students must follow up on their cases, if waiting on any test results, by contacting the clients, in turn teaching them valuable communication skills. It is these responsibilities that teach vet students skills that will make them better veterinarians in the future.