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Intern Externs at Arizona Equine

Externship Program

The externship at Arizona Equine Medical and Surgical Centre is designed for an individual who is seeking significant interaction with the staff and veterinarians in the various portions of an equine practice. Ideally we would like applicants who can make at least a 2-3 week commitment. However, we will accept any externs for lesser time as well. In the first week of the externship more emphasis is put on orientation and observation, but externs will have an active part in performing daily treatments from the start.

Interaction with the veterinarians can be expected, plus additional opportunity to have extra time in given areas of individual preference (i.e. surgery, anesthesia, reproduction, ultrasonography, etc.). As you will be assisting the doctor with clients, a neat appearance and appropriate attire is required. Ragged, faded jeans and t-shirts are not considered appropriate attire.

Student housing is provided in the hospital. In exchange an extern helps to performat treatments and after hours emergency assistance. Unfortunately, due to the nature of our business and limited housing, we do not have accommodations for pets. There is a refrigerator and microwave available for extern use and there are also two restaurants within walking distance. As transportation is very limited, students are encouraged to bring a vehicle or rent a car if transportation is desired. If flying into Phoenix, the most economical transportation to the clinic is the "SUPER SHUTTLE". This can be found outside of each terminal baggage claim. If you wish to make reservations prior to your arrival the phone number is (602) 244-9000. If you are a veterinary student and have an AVMA number please be sure to bring it.

The caseload at Arizona Equine Medical and Surgical Centre has undergone a significant expansion in recent years. While virtually all aspects of equine practice will be noted at any given time, currently our case load is strongest in lameness evaluations (and ancillary tests), elective soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, diagnostic ultrasonography, nuclear scintigraphy, and routine preventive care. Reproduction and foal care is significant during specific parts of the year.

After the completion of the externship, you will receive a form with the request for an honest evaluation of your experience and any suggestions that you feel would be helpful.

We hope that this has provided you with sufficient incentive to do an externship at Arizona Equine Medical and Surgical Centre. If you desire further information, please do not hesitate to call. Otherwise, please complete the enclosed application and return it with your resume at your earliest convenience. The positions are filled on a "first come, first serve" basis and there is often more than one student interested in a certain time period. As we try to accommodate as many requests as possible, we need specific dates that you will be present at the Centre. Frequently, students request time off to sightsee while here. You will not have the opportunity to do this during your externship. If you wish to sightsee please schedule your sightseeing plans for before or after your scheduled extern dates. Please make your travel arrangements so you can be at the Centre on the dates you request. We will send a confirmation letter immediately.

Click to download an Extern application.


Every year, Arizona Equine Medical & Surgical Centre accepts applications for two internship positions.

  • The intern's primary responsibilities include emergency duty and care of hospitalized and surgical cases.
  • The intern works with a senior veterinarian when on emergency duty.

How to Apply

For important information regarding internship,
please read the below:


Job Duration:
1 year starting in June
Full medical benefits on the employee. Spouse and family may be included in the corporate policy at employee expense. Liability insurance is included.
Supplied, however a cell phone is required for on call duty.
Dress Code:
Slacks and shirts or blouses are considered appropriate. Denim or jeans and T-shirts are not appropriate.
The intern is required to have his/her own stethoscope.
Not supplied. A veterinary truck will be supplied for ambulatory or emergency work, but is otherwise committed.
Emergency Work:
The intern will begin a normal emergency duty rotation approximately 2 weeks after arrival. This will include shared primary duty and secondary duty split with the other interns. A senior veterinarian will be available on back up call at all times. The intern will have 2 weekends a month off unless attending their hospitalized cases. All staff veterinarians carry 24 hour pagers to help if needed unless out of town.
Vacation/Sick Days:
5 vacation days, not to be taken in the last 30 days of employment. 3 sick days per year.
State License:
State license is required prior to beginning the internship. The test is offered monthly. Intern is responsible for all fee.
Compensated Continuing Education:
Allowed 2 CE days per year and a $500 stipend to be used only for continuing education purposes.


We have several clinical goals that we would like the intern to accomplish, and have a working knowledge of during their time at Arizona Equine.

The following is a brief description of some of these goals:

  • The first goal is obtaining and interpreting radiographs. We want the intern to be able to utilize a 1000MA machine, as well as small portable radiographic machines. Radiographic views that you should become comfortable obtaining and interpreting include head, chest, abdomen and all limb views.
  • The intern should be able to evaluate the upper airway via endoscopy for laryngeal hemiplegia, guttural pouch disease, etc.
  • Lameness exams are a large portion of the practice. The intern (s) will be involved with both regional and intraarticular anesthesia.
  • During the breeding season, the clinic performs a significant amount of reproductive work. This includes rectal palpation, ultrasonography, artificial insemination and work-up of problem mares.
  • Arizona Equine utilizes diagnostic ultrasonography for abdominal scans, liver/kidney biopsy, chest, tendon and cardiac scans. Although we do not expect interns to be an expert in the field of ultrasonography, we would like you to have a working knowledge of ultrasonography.
  • The ambulatory portion of the practice is consistently busy. This includes a wide variety of cases including field colics, castrations, laceration repair, vaccinations, and routine cases.
  • One intern will assist during the majority of surgical procedures. This will allow the development of surgical skills that should enable the intern to perform routine procedures competently or to enter a surgical residency upon completion of the internship.
  • The intern will be writing at least one article per month for local lay magazines. The clinic also occasional sponsors seminars for horse owners and we may ask that each veterinarian present a short talk.
  • Equipment available includes blood chemistry analyzer, blood gas analyzer, ultrasonography, video endoscopy, nuclear scintigraphy, a 1000 MA radiograph machine, surgical laser and video arthroscopic and laparoscopic capabilities. There are 12 indoor stalls, 15 outdoor stalls, and 2 additional outdoor day stalls utilized for horses being dropped off for same day pick up. The surgical caseload includes arthroscopy, ASIF fracture repair, colic surgery, as well as more routine procedures.


Skill Type Specific referral
hospital skills needed
Ambulatory skills
Field anesthesia
Radiographs :
Legs - hock and below
Legs - knee and below
Endoscopy :
Evaluate laryngeal hemiplegia
Pass into trachea
Regional Anesthesia :
Knees and hocks down
I.A. and regional stifle
Reproduction :
Culture, rectal, vaginal, uterine flush, biopsy,
ultrasound, stallion collection
Field colics
Field castrations
Ultrasound :
Tendon - to be discussed properly
Surgery :
Selective surgical skills
Nuclear Medicine :
Be able to discuss
Writing articles :
Approximately one a month plus a short public
Communicating with veterinarians
Business skills :
Quote discussion and collection
Monthly meetings :
The interns will have monthly meetings with clinicians in their area of expertise regarding the above clinical goals.

Our Past Interns - Where Are They Now?

Jennifer Miller, Private Practice, Cave Creek, Arizona
Irene Doerksen, Private Practice, Chino, AZ Deceased
Renee Andrea, Residency in Equine Surgery - UC Davis, Private Practice
Leslie Schur, Private Practice Las Vegas, NV
Nathan Slovis, Residency in Equine Medicine - UC Davis, Private Practice, Lexington, KY
Valentine Moses, Residency in Equine Surgery - Ohio State University, Industry, Illinois
Elaine Carpenter, Residency in Equine Surgery - CSU
Mary Moore, Private Practice, Wyoming
Camilla Van Liew, Private Practice, Florida
Dawn Loesch, Residency in Equine Surgery - Private Practice, Palm Beach, Florida
Jeff Alldredge, Residency in Equine Surgery - CSU, Private Practice, Scottsdale, AZ (Southwest Equine)
Tresha Robinson, Private Practice, Arizona Equine
Nicole Johnson, Residency in Equine Surgery - UC Davis, Private Practice, Colorado
Peter Heidman, Residency in Equine Medicine - UC Davis, Private Practice, Montana
Jennifer Schleining, Residency in Equine Surgery – Iowa State University – clinician at Iowa State Large Animal Clinic
Stephanie Mathis, Fellow at Oregon State University; Residency Equine Surgery, Private Practice, Florida
Kelly Anderson, Private Practice, AZ
Sam Hendrix, Residency in Equine Surgery, CSU
Jill Higgins, Private Equine Practice, Sacramento,CA
Adam Eichelberger, Equine Reproduction Residency, University of Florida
Jamie Higgins, Equine Medicine Residency, UCDavis
Tania Kozikowski, Equine Medicine Residency, UCDavis
Suzon Schaal, Private Practice, Calgary, Canada
Beau Whitaker, Private Equine Practice, Tennessee
Erin McFadden, Private Equine Practice, Pittsburg, PA
Marie Bartling, Private Mixed Practice, Colorado
Jillian Adler, Private Equine Practice - Colorado
Joanna Kouwenberg, Private Equine Practice - Colorado
Sarah Graham, Residency in Equine Surgery - University of Florida
Chris Bell, Residency in Equine Surgery - University of Saskatchewan
Anne Ray
Elizabeth Bush
Jessica Michel
J.R. Lund
Jessica Carey Duncan
Jennifer Grimes
Sarah McNitt
Abby Obermiller
Dr. Robert Stewart
Dr. Nathan Heidbrink
Dr. Stacey Cameron
Sarah McNitt, Residency in Internal Medicine, private Practice
Dr. Nick Moore, Moore Equine in Georgetown,TX
Dr. Krystle Azerolo
Dr. Jessica Fragola, Ophthalmology fellowship – UW Madison
Dr. Wade Walker, Surgical residency Cornell, now ACVS private practice
Dr. Lindsay Boone, Private practice
Dr. Karla (Penman) Lombana, Private practice
Dr. Lauren Zapatelli, Private practice
Dr. Skylar Bieleny, Private practice
Dr. Drew Durig, Private practice
Dr. Sabrina Wilson, Radiology internship
Dr. Emily Thometz
Dr. Megan Jurasek