INTERNSHIP / EXTERNSHIP / SHADOW
The Externship Program reopened May 2021.
The Shadow Program will reopen Fall 2021.
The Internship program is designed to provide a full scenario of equine practice to doctors and expose them to the wide variety of medical cases. Primary duties of the intern are to treat hospitalized patients by administering daily treatments, assist in examinations and supervised performance of various veterinary procedures. Interns assist in surgical procedures and administer anesthesia occasionally. Interns are also exposed to ambulatory cases. The intern is highly supervised in the beginning, either under direct or indirect supervision, and the amount of supervision given depends on their competence and level of experience. The supervision decreases as the level of skills and knowledge increase.
Interns share emergency duty on a rotational basis and are the primary doctor to receive and treat emergencies when on call with the primary doctor and surgeon being within 30 minutes of the hospital. Responsibilities during the week begin at 6:30 a.m. and continue until the work for the day is complete. Patients for routine appointments are seen Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and emergency cases are seen 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and interns can anticipate seeing 7-10 night time emergencies per week.
Internship positions last one year and begin and end in June. The positions will be filled through the Veterinary Internship & Residency Matching Program (VIRMP) for the 2022-2023 internship year. All interested applicants should submit their application through the VIRMP Program at www. virmp.org. Please visit the VIRMP website for complete salary and employee benefits information.
Externships are available to veterinary students in their third and fourth year of school interested in pursuing a career in equine medicine. It is intended to broaden the experience base of future veterinarians, as well as offer those interested in applying for internships the opportunity to introduce themselves to us and experience our internship program first hand. The program offers the opportunity to observe a wide variety of cases, exposes you to various procedures, and provides you a chance to work with our staff.
Externs are expected to help with morning treatments, occasional treatments at night, appointments, holding horses, prepping for surgery, cleaning, and helping with emergencies (day or night). Externs are not limited to 40-hour work weeks and are expected to be a part of the weekend routine unless prior arrangements have been agreed upon. Externships are non-monetary and are offered in two-week rotations. The rotation schedule allows for one extern at a time to live on site (free of charge) for the duration of the rotation and lunches are provided Monday through Friday.
If you are interested in applying for an Externship position please follow the prompts below and/or contact Mrs. Honnas by email at .
If you are interested in completing a two-week externship rotation, please provide the following items:
Letter of intent to include your career goals
Indicate a range of dates you would like to be considered and we will contact you with availability.
Applying for an Externship Position
The Shadow Program is available to pre-veterinary students to give them the opportunity to gain valuable experience needed when applying for veterinary school. Volunteers are required to complete an 8-week rotation during either of the spring, summer or fall semesters. The volunteer will receive 30 hours of training during the rotation and will learn first hand about lameness and also observe various surgeries. The rotation schedule is four hours a day one day a week Monday through Friday either 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. or 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Please email Mrs. Honnas at if you are interested in applying for a Shadow position.