Undergraduate Internship Program


Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital offers six month long internships for undergraduate university students in both our nursing and ambulatory departments.  Both types of internship are paid (starting at $10.00 an hour). Housing and transportation are not provided.  Each internship requires previous hands-on horse experience as well as a flexible schedule.  To apply for either internship, a resume which includes the names of three employer references and a cover letter should be sent to Ms. Alanna Mathes at amathes@roodandriddle.com between August and November prior to the internship start date.  No phone calls please.  Resumes with no horse experience listed will not be considered.  Interviews will be conducted between August and November for the following year until the positions are filled.  If you are unable to do an interview at the hospital in Lexington, Skype capabilities are required for a remote interview.  

The nursing internship will start in January and go through June. Approximately 12 positions are typically available. This internship involves caring for hospitalized inpatients at a referral hospital. Day shifts run from 5:30am to 6pm and night shifts run from 5:30pm to 6am. Both day and night shifts require a minimum of one weekend shift per week. Once you are hired for a shift, you will be placed on that shift through the duration of your internship. The first two to three weeks of the nursing internship consist of a group training program.  Day shift training is Monday through Thursday from 7am to 5pm and night shift training is Sunday night through Wednesday night from 7pm to 5am. Group training days and times are non-negotiable.  Once group training is complete, each nursing intern is paired with a seasoned technician for additional one-on-one training for the next two to four weeks.  After training is complete, interns will be placed on a more routine schedule. During January and February, interns will be scheduled for three twelve hour shifts a week. During the months of March through May, depending on how busy the practice is, interns should plan to be scheduled four twelve hour shifts per week.  Nursing staff interns are responsible for all of the nursing care of the in-house patients under clinician supervision. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: following clinicians’ treatment orders, completing patient treatment lists, preparing and administering medications, monitoring patients’ vital signs and reporting any abnormalities or concerns to the charge nurse, monitoring intravenous fluid therapy, obtaining blood samples from in-dwelling intravenous catheters, performing basic laboratory tests such as packed cell volume, total plasma protein levels and blood glucose levels, stocking and cleaning assigned barn pharmacies, assisting veterinarians as needed, walking, watering, feeding, and grooming/cleaning patients, and following bio-security protocol. 

The ambulatory internship will start the in the middle to end of January and go through the middle to end of July. This internship involves travelling on farm calls within the greater Lexington area with an ambulatory clinician. Approximately 6 positions are typically available and each intern spends most of his or her time with a specific clinician.   Specific days and hours will vary according to each clinician’s schedule. The start time for the day is generally consistent but the end time for each day varies as it depends on the schedule for the day as well as any emergencies that may need to be seen unexpectedly.  Responsibilities include but are not limited to: stocking and cleaning the clinician’s vehicle, preparing vaccines and other treatments, holding and restraining horses, billing, assisting with radiography, and assisting with routine procedures.

Please submit a letter of intent, resume with objectives that you would like to accomplish, personal and academic references to Alanna at amathes@roodandriddle.com by November 15th of the year prior to the internship.

For more information on the Nursing Staff Technician Internship, please click here.