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As part of the university’s successful Carnegie Community Engagement Classification application process, the Office of Research and Engagement has compiled a list of fifty of UT’s best community-campus partnerships. The university will be celebrating its status as an engaged institution throughout the year by featuring these individual examples in articles that highlight their unique contribution to the community.

Veterinary Externship Program

partnerships-TNTThe summer semester Veterinary Externship Program provides sophomore veterinary students and fifth-semester professional students an opportunity to work directly with more than a dozen private veterinary practices in East Tennessee. The program also provides community veterinarians the opportunity to enhance their veterinary knowledge through interaction with the college and students.

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When second-year veterinary student Taylor Lewis opted for an eight-week externship during summer break, she didn’t feel she was missing out on her vacation time. “I didn’t find it was giving up eight weeks. I wanted an externship, something with a lot of experience, and this was the best thing for me.”