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!