Introduction

            Other than the decision to attend vet school (and what school to attend), the decision whether to seek an internship versus other options (residency/specialization, academia, entry into private practice) is the most important decision you will make in your career.  It will define you as an individual who knows what species you most want to work with and will demonstrate to all future employers that you were dedicated to your decision and knew what it would take to become a proficient and respected practitioner.  For you, it will preserve your options.

Why Kentucky? 

            For the veterinarian seeking to practice equine medicine, there is little doubt that Kentucky is the number one place to consider – while other states may host a larger horse population, Kentucky is the premier location for the diversity and caliber of the equine veterinary practice.  Thoroughbred racing and breeding alone generate billions of dollars of revenue and premier events for the American Saddlebred, Arabian and other show breeds, as well as show jumping, dressage, hunter-jumper, and western events populate the calendar all year long.  What this translates into for the equine veterinary practice – and the interns who are honing their skills – is the economic demand for the most innovative and advanced diagnostic, therapeutic, surgical, reproductive, and bio/pharmacological techniques and agents available.  Kentucky horses performing in pleasure, trail, and other less intense “professions” also benefit from the quality of the veterinary services and interventions available.

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Why Equine Services in Simpsonville?

            Because of the concentration of high-value equine athletes and breeding establishments in the central Kentucky region, there are many post-graduate opportunities to consider.  Some candidates may consider and benefit from the rigid and competitive environment of the very large specialty practice.  But for those who seek a truly varied and hands-on, one-on-one learning and practice environment, tailored to the individual’s existing skills and experiences and the development of the full array of advanced practice techniques across the broad spectrum of the breeds and performance types seen in equine veterinary practices across the country, then an internship at Equine Services in Simpsonville, Kentucky should be at the top of your short-list of internship considerations.

Our diverse equine practice includes everything from breeding and stallion management (including artificial insemination and embryo transfers) to the care and treatment of the senior citizen population’s metabolic and orthopedic disorders.  Our clients range from large and small breeding farms (American Saddlebreds, Thoroughbreds, Standardbreds, Arabians, Morgans, Miniature Horses), to one- and two-horse family farms, and everything in between.  We serve large and small training operations of performance, show, and sport horses of every discipline – saddle seat, western, hunter-jumper, dressage, driving, and racing.  In addition to reproduction and general and wellness medicine, we focus on and are well-known for our innovative sports medicine practice, including advanced diagnostics (MRI, nuclear medicine, and video exercise endoscopy) and treatments (surgical, stem cell, shockwave, and IRAP).  Our facility includes a fully equipped surgical suite with 17-stall barn and a 15-stall foal-out and over-flow barn.

 The Equine Services Internship Opportunity and Experience

Each year, we offer two full-time internship positions year recently graduated veterinarians.  Internships are for one year and typically start at the end of May.  

For the first several months of the internship, our interns’ main responsibility is front-line hospital patient care, as we assess your skills and provide additional training and proctoring to prepare you for more independent activities.  You will provide daily examinations, treatments, attend foal-outs, and maintain health records.   You will also assist our practitioners with radiology, anesthesiology, surgery, lameness, reproduction, laser, MRIs, nuclear scans, shockwave, pre-purchase exams, video endoscopy/gastroscopy, ambulatory medical examinations, referral cases, emergency cases, and laboratory testing.   You will gain a comprehensive understanding of the successful management of the private veterinary practice.  As your skills develop, you will begin to handle ambulatory calls and procedures on an increasingly independent basis.  Throughout your internship (within the scope of your competence and skills), you will share on-call and holiday coverage.   You will have the opportunity to attend a host of premier equine events, including racing at Keenland and Churchill Downs, the Kentucky State Fair and World’s Championship Horse Show (Saddlebreds, Roadsters, and Hackney Ponies), Regional Championships for Arabians, Eventing, Hunter Ponies, and smaller shows, exhibitions, and county fairs of all descriptions.

We provide on-site housing, a shared intern vehicle, cell phone, malpractice insurance, and a competitive salary.

Application Process and Requirements

Please forward any questions you may have about our internship program to rebeccam@eqshospital.com or call Rebecca McVey at 502-722-5079.   Our requirements for acceptance are:

  • Completion in good standing of a DVM or VMD degree at an accredited university.
  • A passing score on the NAVLE.
  • A veterinary license and accreditation to practice in the State of Kentucky.

If you are interested in applying for an internship position with us please email your cover letter, resume, three letters of recommendation, and official veterinary transcripts to rebeccam@eqshospital.com by December 31st  (for internships commencing the following spring).