Pioneer Equine Hospital is located in California’s central valley near Oakdale, CA. We are nestled between the foothills of the Sierra Mountains and the valley’s vast agricultural landscape. Pioneer Equine Hospital opened its doors in 1973, when two veterinarians had a vision to form the premier equine veterinary clinic in the area. Drs. Britton, Black and Jackman built one of the most recognized equine hospitals in the country for their foremost work in equine surgery and lameness. Since its opening, the doctors and staff have been successful in not only excelling in equine patient care but more importantly creating an atmosphere that welcomes a diverse population of equine disciplines to Pioneer Equine Hospital. The clinic has since evolved to ten veterinarians and a 22,000 square foot full service equine hospital that offers the most advanced lameness, surgical, and diagnostic imaging on the west coast. There are two spacious surgical suites as well as an extensive covered lameness evaluation area. Our large exam rooms and stalls optimize patient comfort and client ease. Our goal remains to provide the utmost and advanced equine medical technology, diagnosis, therapy and care to our patients and their owners. Our original facility is now our Reproduction center focusing on stallion and mare care and is a USDA approved facility and a Select Breeders Affiliate.
Philosophy of Internship: Pioneer Equine Hospital strives to provide the highest quality care for our patients in a friendly and fun work environment. The interns are considered an integral component of the practice. Due to the small number of primary clinicians and large caseload, we rely heavily on the interns to utilize their knowledge and skills as veterinarians and not as inexpensive labor. The interns will gain invaluable hands-on experience while acquiring decision making and client communication skills. They should attain competence in a variety of diagnostic and treatment procedures as well as vastly improve anesthetic/surgery, lameness, medical, dentistry and reproductive skills.
Prerequisite Application Process: A letter of intent, CV/resume, transcript and three letters of recommendation must be on file prior to October 15, 2020. Applicants that have visited and/or spent time completing an externship with Pioneer will have an advantage in the selection process. A license to practice in the state of California is mandatory. All applicants will be notified by November 1, 2020.
Internship Duties: The interns perform morning treatments and assessments of the patients prior to morning rounds. Approximately 30% of their time will be spent performing anesthesia or assisting on surgical cases, 20% performing diagnostics, 30% assisting the primary clinicians with lameness evaluations including performing perineural and intraarticular injections, 10% assessing and treating hospitalized patients, and 10% ambulatory duties. Routine treatments both during hospital hours and after hours are performed by the technicians, but interns are expected to assist if and when it is necessary. Interns are responsible for all daily treatment sheets for in hospitalized patient records. A rotating after-hours emergency schedule is performed by interns, with associate assistance, during the week and on weekends. The interns are responsible for the daily care of all hospitalized patients. 80 - 90 percent of the interns’ time will be spent at the hospital assisting the primary clinicians in diagnosis and management of cases, assisting in surgery, performing anesthesia and doing radiographic and reproductive work. Interns will receive their own appointments as the year progresses. Guidance and help will always be available. Approximately 10 - 20% of time will involve ambulatory duties.