COVID-19 Update: Our Externship and Volunteer/Shadow Programs have been placed on hold until further notice. 


Patients are seen Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturdays 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Emergency cases are seen 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and interns can anticipate seeing 7-10 night time emergencies per week. Primary duties of the intern are to treat hospitalized patients by administering daily treatments, assisting 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 by assisting doctors when making farm calls. Interns share emergency duty on a rotational basis and are the primary doctor to receive and treat emergencies when on call. However, back-up assistance is always available and encouraged if needed.

Responsibilities during the week begin at 7:00 a.m. and continue until the work for the day is complete. The intern is highly supervised in the beginning either under direct or indirect supervision with a surgeon being within 30 minutes of the hospital. The amount of supervision depends on the intern’s competence and level of experience and will decrease as skills and knowledge increase.

Internship positions will be filled through the Veterinary Internship & Residency Matching Program for the 2020 - 2021 internship year. All interested applicants should submit their application through the VIRMP Program at The internship is a salaried position of $30,000/year plus a $600/month housing allowance along with benefits to include:

  • 10 days paid time off (PTO),

  • medical health insurance paid at 1/2 single employee rate,

  • expenses to attend one veterinary conference at Texas A&M University,

  • paid dues for TVMA, AVMA, and TEVA,

  • cell phone allowance of $100/month, and

  • professional liability insurance is provided and covered at 100 percent.


Externships are available to students in their third and fourth year of veterinary 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 students the opportunity to observe a wide variety of cases, exposure to various procedures, and the chance to work with our staff. As an extern, you need to stay engaged, ask questions when appropriate and use discretion when asking questions or getting physically involved. Externs are required to be ready by 7:00 a.m. 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. Lunch is provided Monday through Friday and a kitchen is included in the living quarters for your cooking convenience. Dr. Honnas and Dr. Alvarez are your direct supervisors and will assign the grade and/or complete the evaluation forms. A strong work ethic and excellent people skills are prerequisite to success of extern candidates. If this type of environment is what you’re for, then we will be glad to have you come!

Shadow Program

This is a volunteer program specifically offered to students enrolled in a college or university only and are pursuing a degree in veterinary medicine. It provides students the learning opportunity to observe a wide array of equine cases and surgeries and also receive up to 30 hours of shadow training, but does not provide any monetary compensation. Students are not allowed to have any direct, hands-on contact with horses, but may be asked to hold a lead rope for horses that are sedated. Please note this program is NOT designed for students enrolled in high school and therefore may not sign up for a rotation.

This program is offered on an 8-week rotational basis with students receiving up to 30 hours of training during the rotation. Students are assigned a time to shadow one morning (8:00 am - 12 pm) or afternoon (1:00 pm - 5:00 pm) once a week for 4 hours a day Monday through Friday. If you have any questions or are interested in signing up for the Shadow Program, please send your request to In your email please provide the following information:

  1. What degree are you pursuing?

  2. What are your career goals?

  3. What is your college classification (i.e. freshman, sophomore)?

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If you are interested in completing a two-week externship rotation, please provide the following items:

  1. Curriculum vitae

  2. Letter of intent to include your career goals

  3. Indicate a range of dates you would like to be considered and we will contact you with availability.

Applying for an Externship Position

13688 S. State Highway 6

Bryan, Texas  77807

FAX 979-778-4358
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