The goal of the internship is upon completion is that each intern should have the foundation to enter private ambulatory practice or a theriogenology residency program. The goal of the Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital is to provide the highest quality medical and surgical care possible for our patients and the best possible service for the clients. The interns play a vital role in achieving these goals and are directly involved in case work-up, management and treatment. The interns become comfortable with client communication, and referral cases provide an opportunity to observe and participate as cases are treated in the hospital. The intern is assigned one or more senior clinician mentors who work directly with the intern and are always available for consultation. Every effort is made to pair the intern with a senior clinician whose interests reflect those of the intern’s.
The ambulatory interns work primarily with a senior ambulatory mentor but assist and shadow other practitioners. The ambulatory interns provide herd health to our ambulatory clients as well as help with reproductive evaluations and treatments, neonatal and foal evaluation and treatment, lameness and pre-purchase exams, sales radiographs and evaluations. Interns are involved with our emergency service and rotate on emergency duty for the ambulatory practice. Opportunities to follow field cases into the hospital are always available, and interns are encouraged to work with clinicians in their areas of interest. The ambulatory internship is designed to expose the interns to a large and variable caseload with the goal of establishing solid diagnostic skills and critical thinking in a field setting. Exposure to the large group of experienced clinicians in all equine disciplines will facilitate a broader knowledge base and serve as a source and referral base in the future.
Graduate from accredited veterinary school prior to commencement of internship. It is strongly recommended but not required that an externship be completed with us before applying for an internship.