The Hagyard Equine Medical Institute externship program provides students the opportunity to gain “real-world”experience in a group practice dedicated to caring for some of the most valued equine patients in the world. The program design allows students to choose from a wide array of high quality equine veterinary medical services, each one a specialty of the firm.
Field Care Externship: The student will observe primary field veterinarians and experience services ranging from reproduction, radiology, and herd health to acupuncture, chiropractic, and sports medicine. Students must have transportation if they choose to participate in this externship. Available from February – October.
Medicine Externship: The student will observe six ACVIM board-certified internists and one ACVO board-certified ophthalmologist at the McGee Medicine Center, in addition to patients in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Intermediate Care Barn and Primary Care Barn. Available from February – November.
Surgery Externship: The student will observe a variety of surgery procedures within the Davidson Surgery Center, in addition to nuclear scintigraphy, digital radiography, and MRI. Available from February – October.
Theriogenology Externship: The student will observe one of Hagyard’s reproduction specialists and observe assisted fertility and infertility services provided in the field and at the McGee Fertility Center. Students must have transportation if they choose to participate in this externship. Available from February – May.
We strongly encourage externships be scheduled between the months of February and May to allow a broader learning experience.
Prerequisites for Externship:
Primary professional interest in equine veterinary medicine.
Preferences given to third and fourth year veterinary student or graduate veterinarian.
Letter of Intent – Include the specific dates you would like to participate in an externship as well as the areas of Hagyard in which you are interested.
Two months notice is preferred.
Externship Dates and Durations:
Minimum of one week not to exceed three weeks.
Most externships offered during the months of February - May.
Living Quarters: Three on-site dorm rooms are available by request. If no on-site housing is available, housing is the responsibility of the extern. A list of alternative housing options will be provided.
About Hagyard Equine Medical Institute
Since 1876, the veterinarians of Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, have dedicated themselves to the health and well-being of the horse. More than 8,500 clients are supported by over 40 Hagyard veterinarians and a well-educated, experienced staff of support personnel all contributing a variety of specialties and interests.
Hagyard Equine Medical Institute's reputation is built, in part, on a continued effort to increase veterinary knowledge and thereby improve on state-of-the-art treatments and surgeries for horses. Its diverse equine clientele represents international breeding operations, world-renowned race horses as well as competition horses and beloved family pets.