The hospital interns rotate in two week blocks through the surgery, medicine, and anesthesia services. Primary responsibilities will include diagnostics and care of hospital patients, emergency duty, anesthesia, imaging, assisting with lameness exams, and assisting with surgery and medicine procedures. Opportunities are available to participate in other services within the Rood and Riddle hospital family. The hospital intern is considered to be an integral part of the functioning of the hospital. An unparalleled exposure to referral level practice is provided.
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 intern 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 resource and referral base in the future.
Since the internship program commenced, 298 veterinarians have completed the program as of this update (December 2017). Our interns have been a diverse group, having come from nearly every veterinary school in the United States, 5 veterinary schools in Canada and the Caribbean and from 13 other foreign veterinary schools. Following the Rood & Riddle experience, our interns have contributed to equine veterinary medicine by filling positions in private practice, universities, industry and the military. Many interns have pursued residency training and become board certified specialists. RREH intern alumni have earned diplomate status from 9 AVMA specialty colleges and one European specialty college. A total of 90 previous interns have passed a specialty board exam, with 18 passing more than one exam. This includes the following specialty colleges with number of board certified intern alumni:
Internships are salaried positions with benefits including health insurance, professional liability insurance, one week paid vacation and expenses paid for one approved veterinary conference. For specific details on salary, benefits and additional information, please contact Starlee Smith, intern coordinator (email@example.com) or see our internship program listing posted in Avenues on the American Association of Equine Practitioners website www.aaep.org.
Internships are for one year and run from June to June. Applications are accepted in the fall of each year. Application deadline falls in October for internships beginning the following year in May/June. Please contact Starlee Smith for exact date. Notification of acceptance is in November. If you have any questions regarding this program or would like to apply for a hospital or ambulatory internship position, please send a curriculum vitae, letter of intent, your veterinary school transcripts and three letters of reference to Starlee Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.