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Hagyard Equine Medical Institute Internship Summary

Hagyard Equine Medical Institute offers three undergraduate internships including surgery, medicine, and ambulatory care. As a surgery intern you assist in emergency surgeries, take daily care of patients in the two barns consisting of over 50 stalls, and handle horses of all breeds and disciplines including holding for standing procedures and x-rays. As a medicine intern it is your duty to care for your assigned patients and assist with their procedures. You could be placed in any of the following barns: Foal ICU, Intermediate, Primary Care, Isolation, Theriology, or the Hyperbaric unit. As a field care intern, you are assigned to a specific field care veterinarian where you will assist with farm calls and serve as their assistant. Each of these internships require a work week of roughly 40 hours a week and it is a paid internship. This an amazing opportunity to learn about the thoroughbred industry and veterinary care of equines. Applications are due October 1st and the internships run from roughly mid-January to mid-June. The images below illustrate some of the acitivities I participated in.

Turning a horse out
Figure 1. Turning a horse out for turnout as directed by the veterinarian.
Preparing medication for the day
Figure 2. Preparing medication for the day
Taking a patient’s heart rate as part of their scheduled vitals
Figure 3. Taking a patient’s heart rate as part of their scheduled vitals
scrubbed in and am waiting for a surgery
Figure 4. I have scrubbed in and am waiting for a surgery to start that I will be assisting with
Administering a IV medication through an IV catheter
Figure 5. Administering a IV medication through an IV cathete
Putting together a surgical pack to be sterilized
Figure 6. Putting together a surgical pack to be sterilized
Gowned up and ready to assist with x-rays
Figure 7. Gowned up and ready to assist with x-rays
Listening for gastrointestinal sounds
Figure 8. Listening for gastrointestinal sounds on a foal as part of its scheduled vitals