Piedmont Equine Associates is proud to offer a comprehensive program for 2 new veterinarians to gain meaningful experience while working under the guidance of six senior clinicians including one boarded surgeon. Interns will assist with hospital, outpatient, and ambulatory services with direct and indirect supervision as experience, confidence, and abilities grow throughout the internship year. Interns will be responsible for in-patient cases and daily treatment updates for senior veterinarians. They are exposed to a wide range of clinical cases and experiences and will be involved in every aspect of the practice as well as surgical procedures, intensive care case management, and emergency services.
The goal for the internship program at our practice is to produce a competent, well-rounded equine veterinarian in 12 months. Learning is always the primary responsibility; therefore, the intern’s daily exposure to a variety of cases is essential to the experience. Piedmont Equine is a progressive practice that values new methodology and procedures. Our veterinarians value their time that is spent mentoring others in the advancement of their careers. If you have any further questions regarding our practice, the internship program, or scheduling an externship, please contact the intern/extern coordinator, Dr. Chloe Hancock (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Daily intern duties include: treatment and assessment of hospitalized patients prior to 8AM morning rounds, after hours treatments and overnight observation of critical patients, accurate medical records, logs and client communication, participation in morning case rounds as well as weekly journal clubs. During journal club, it is expected that the intern will present recent scientific literature from peer-reviewed journals and interesting cases with supporting articles. In the beginning of the internship, the intern will be partnered with a senior veterinarian having the opportunity to learn the area as well as our client base. Interns can expect to be involved with lameness examinations, general wellness exams/procedures, internal medicine, anesthesia, and surgical procedures. Other diagnostic exams will include ultrasounds, radiographs, endoscopic exams, and laboratory analyses. Specifically during breeding season, our intern works closely with the recipient mare program and manages in-house labs (cytologies, cultures, and sensitivities). Intern duties/time will be allocated based upon what is best for the intern’s advancement as well as for the practice.
As confidence, experience, and proficiency are gained, primary emergency on-call duties with decreased supervision will be assumed. Primary emergency duty with a senior clinician providing secondary coverage as needed should be expected. Secondary duty will consist of maintaining in-hospital patients as needed and serving as back-up during high call volume times.