Philosophy of Internship: This is a hands-on internship aimed at providing new veterinarians with experience in a variety of diagnostic and treatment disciplines as well as helping to develop their client communication skills. The intern is closely mentored throughout their experience. The internship provides a very broad experience in primary equine practice and referral practice. We focus on sport horses but care for horses competing in many disciplines as well as horses that are family companions. Significant experience will be gained in lameness examination and imaging as well as surgery, anesthesia, ophthalmology and internal medicine. Upon completion of our program, our interns will have exceptional veterinary skills suitable for advanced practice application. Previous interns have continued in practice as well as residencies and fellowships in diagnostic imaging, medicine, surgery and ophthalmology.
Internship Duties: The interns will spend their time rotating among doctors in the practice on the road and the hospital with referral cases, anesthesia and surgery. In addition, a period of time is spent with our practice in Wellington, FL during the Winter Equestrian Festival and a week of focused anesthesia training in Kentucky with a boarded anesthesiologist. Interns will be responsible for daily assessment of hospitalized patients. Each intern will spend time performing anesthesia on surgery cases and will assist on emergency and elective surgeries. After an initial training period, each intern will provide primary emergency call and anesthesia duties, in addition to attending to hospitalized cases. Initially, the intern will share case responsibility with a practice veterinarian while their skill base and experience builds. As the intern gains experience and comfort with seeing cases independently their responsibilities will increase and they will see emergency cases in the field on their own. A senior veterinarian will be available as back-up for consultation and assistance at all times. We emphasize communication in our practice, and continue to support the interns as they manage cases on their own. Each intern will be responsible for preparing and presenting case presentations during their internship.
Prerequisite Application Process:
DVM (or equivalent) from an accredited veterinary school
Successful completion of the NAVLE or NBE and CCT
Letter of Intent
3 letters of recommendation
An externship at Fairfield Equine Associates is highly recommended. Foreign applicants are required to complete an externship of at least one week.