Community Practice is a service for faculty, staff and students at the University of Tennessee. Because we are a referral hospital, we do not take general appointments without a referral from your veterinarian.
This Community Practice opportunity trains veterinary students to become proficient primary doctors with the supervision and guidance of a faculty veterinarian. It teaches our students how to provide primary veterinary care including skills needed upon graduation, such as how to perfect a physical examination, effectively listen to and communicate with clients, learn organizational and time management skills and perform technical skills. They will accomplish this all while experiencing the case load, capabilities and limitations of a general practice. Clients benefit from the opportunity to receive primary care with the expertise and quality of a referral specialty hospital.
Community Practice offers services include pediatric and geriatric wellness examinations, preventative care for healthy pets (vaccinations, spay/neuter, flea/tick/heartworm preventions, dental services), diagnosis and treatment of injuries and illness, and counseling on topics such as basic nutrition, behavior and end of life decisions. In-house consultation with UT's specialty services may be available on a case by case basis, but does not replace a referral.