Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital offers a 53 week in-hospital internship with a primary focus on surgery (upper airway, gastrointestinal, orthopedic, urogenital), lameness, emergency medicine, internal medicine, and anesthesia. Interns can obtain more experience in specific areas of interest due to a tailored rotation schedule from January-May. There are nine internship positions available to qualified applicants, with the goal of providing a strong foundation for application to a residency program or entering private practice.
The hospital staff at Rood & Riddle includes seven board-certified surgeons, five board-certified internists, one board-certified anesthesiologist, and consulting board-certified ophthalmologist. Other specialists in the practice include a board-certified equine dentist, three board-certified theriogenologists, and four podiatrists. The busy caseload and number of clinicians provide diverse mentorship and a unique internship experience not available elsewhere. After-hours emergency duty is shared between specialists, and interns provide assistant surgeon, anesthesia, and technical support after-hours. All treatments, including after-hours and holidays, are performed by technicians.
The imaging modalities in our hospital include: High-field MRI, standing and general anesthesia CT, nuclear scintigraphy, digital radiographs, and ultrasound. The images created are read by a board-certified surgeon or internist. Other specialty therapies and facilities include an on-site stem cell lab, IRAP, shockwave, and a neonatal intensive care until.
Outgoing interns and incoming interns are staggered to provide overlap and experience as the incoming class gets settled and trained.
About the area:
Lexington, KY is hailed as the horse capital of the world. Rood and Riddle has been providing the highest level of care to the area since 1986. Lexington’s downtown is within a ten-minute drive of the hospital campus and has a vibrant dining scene with several local craft breweries. The University of Kentucky, the Kentucky Horse Park, and Keeneland Racetrack are within fifteen minutes of the hospital.
Interns must have graduated from veterinary school prior to the commencement of the internship. It is strongly recommended, but not required, that an externship be completed with us prior to applying for an internship. Applications are not accepted before August 1, 2021. To apply, please send a curriculum vitae, letter of intent, veterinary school transcript, and three letters of reference to Alanna Mathes at firstname.lastname@example.org.