East Georgia State College recently teamed up with Swainsboro Animal Hospital to provide internship opportunities to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Biology program at EGSC. These internships provide a high-quality, professional experience to EGSC students interested in becoming veterinarians. The internships will also provide the required shadowing hours to apply to veterinary school.
Amber Grimes, EGSC sophomore biology student, will perform an internship under the supervision of Dr. Ace Clark during the summer of 2018. After completing her Bachelor of Science in Biology degree at EGSC, Grimes is planning to apply to the University of Georgia to attend veterinary school.
“I am extremely thankful for this wonderful opportunity to do an internship at Swainsboro Animal Hospital,” said Grimes. “Being a veterinarian is something that I have always wanted to do and I think this will be a great way for me to gain experience and further my knowledge. This internship will be a great way for me to get a feel for the career I have chosen and I am very excited to see where this takes me.”
“We look forward to working with Amber and future interns,” said Dr. Clark. “Internships are a great way to allow students to get a real-world peep into their prospective career path.”
Dr. Clark is a native of Swainsboro and graduated from the University of Georgia with both a Bachelor of Science in Biology degree in 2010 and a Masters of Animal and Dairy Sciences in 2011. He earned his doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 2015 from Mississippi State University and returned to Swainsboro to open Swainsboro Animal Hospital.
“Like all businesses, there is much more to running a veterinary clinic than what most people realize. Our goal is that, by the end of the student’s internship, they have a more in-depth understanding of what it means to be a small-town, mixed-practice veterinarian.”
“East Georgia State College deeply appreciates this internship opportunity for one of our talented students,” said EGSC President Bob Boehmer. “Internships give students a window to see their future in a very clear manner, dramatically improves their graduate school admission opportunities and provides them with skills to succeed in the next stage of their career. Also, these opportunities increase the chances that these students will ultimately return to our community following completion of their educational goals.”
“The faculty and staff of the EGSC Department of Biology make a concerted effort to prepare our students in a holistic manner by requiring participation in research and internship programs,” said Dr. Jimmy Wedincamp, Dean of the School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at EGSC. “EGSC Biology Major Amber Grimes was recently awarded this internship at Swainsboro Animal Clinic and a special thank you is owed to Dr. Ace Clark for his support in this important student development opportunity. I’m truly thankful to our local community for their continued support of EGSC students.”
“This new internship opportunity will tremendously help the students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Biology program who are interested in veterinary medicine,” added Dr. David Chevalier, Head of the Biology Program. “In addition, it would be a great asset to recruit students into our program.”