Internship Program

Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital (RREH) veterinary internship program was established in 1986.  Our Lexington ambulatory internship program began in 1998.  Additionally, our Saratoga Springs practice started an internship program in 2013 and our Wellington practice in 2017.   The Lexington practice currently offers 8 hospital focused and 5 ambulatory internships. In addition, RREH in Saratoga offers 3 hospital focused internship positions and RREH in Wellington offers 3 hospital focused internship positions.
 The internship positions are intended to provide each intern with the foundation they need to confidently enter private practice or pursue further training in a residency program.
The interns are encouraged to participate in retrospective studies based on the RREH caseload.  Many interns have presented the results of these studies at the AAEP, ACVS, ACVIM and SFT symposiums and other national meetings. Those who have completed our internship program are welcome back to fulfill parts of their specialty board requirements at RREH if needed.

What Our Interns Do

Hospital Interns

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.

Ambulatory Interns

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.

Worldwide Recognition

Since the internship program commenced, 316 veterinarians have completed the program as of this update (February 2020).  We have had 234 people who have completed the hospital internship, 81 people have completed the ambulatory internship, 5 people have completed the podiatry internship and 13 people have completed the medicine fellowship.

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 99 previous interns have passed a specialty board exam, with 16 passing more than one exam.  This includes the following specialty colleges with number of board certified intern alumni:

  • ACVS - 61
  • ACVIM - 20
  • ACVECC - 7
  • ACVSMR - 9
  • ACT - 4
  • ACVR - 4
  • ABVP - 3
  • ACVA - 2
  • ACVO - 3
  • ACVD-Eq - 1
  • ECVS - 3
  • ECVS & ACVS - 2





Recommended by Our Past Interns

When asked if they would recommend the internship to others with similar career goals, 90% of our former interns in a recent survey listed a positive or strongly positive response. When asked whether the internship was consistent with its description on the RREH website a 96% positive or strongly positively response was received.
The results of this survey support the goals and intent of our internship programs. The experiences gained during the first year out of school provide an important foundation upon which to build your career. Contact information for our past interns can be provided upon request.


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 Alanna Mathes, intern coordinator or see our internship program listing posted in Avenues on the American Association of Equine Practitioners website

How to Apply

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 Alanna Mathes 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 Alanna Mathes at