Phone: (352) 237-6151

A Tradition of Leadership & Excellence in Equine Medicine


Our internship program has grown tremendously since its inception in 1981. We feel as though our program improves every year toward a goal of creating a solid skill and knowledge base for the first year graduate.

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The ambulatory interns spend approximately six weeks on rotation with our ambulatory clinicians. During this time they become familiar with the area and our core clientele. It also provides time for intensive instruction and a period of "mentoring". This introductory period allows time for interns to learn the administrative part of our business (submission of lab work, billing, fee schedules, standard examination forms, etc.).

Once this introductory period is over, the ambulatory interns are expected to practice independently, and are set up with their own vehicles, equipment, supplies, etc. With this, a new stage of learning begins. Although we encourage constant communication between the interns and other clinicians, it is at this time that the interns are making their own diagnoses and prescribing treatments.

They will also be asked to assist and become involved in "more interesting", challenging or unusual cases or procedures.

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The hospital internship involves the intern with medicine, surgery, sports medicine and outpatient cases. They are involved in all aspects of patient management. As opposed to some internship programs we do not bring in our interns to be anesthetists or technicians, but rather as veterinarians. As such, their veterinary skills and knowledge, capacity for client interaction and work ethic will be called upon. The hospital internship provides an excellent basis in all aspects of referral cases and is ideal for the new graduate who is considering a residency program in the future.

The equine reproduction intern will practice at the Equine Reproduction Center located in Summerfield FL (about 26 mile from the main hospital), and will work together with Dr. Phil Matthews, Head of the Center, in all aspects of equine reproduction. This position will be responsible for:

  • Rectal ultrasound of recipient mares to sync ovulation with potential donor mares and maintaining records of their cycles.
  • Chemical manipulation of estrus in client and recipient mares using ovulatory agents such as Deslorelin and hcG and prostaglandin.
  • Uterine culture and treatment of mares with infection and/or fluid in uterus.
  • Artificial insemination with fresh/cooled/frozen semen.
  • Uterine flushes for embryo recovery.
  • Assist with embryo transfer and oocyte aspiration for ICSI (Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection).
  • Pregnancy detection with ultrasound or rectal palpation.
  • Maintain health of largest recipient herd in the SE United States. This involves keeping vaccines, deworming and coggins up to date.
  • Treating health concerns of all mares, stallions and foals at the ERC (i.e. lacerations, colic, hoof abscesses, corneal ulcers).
  • Performing caslicks surgery on all recipient mares.
  • Assist in foaling for approximately 60 mares per year. Draw CBC and IgG on each foal. Manage foal health including foal diarrhea, failure of passive transfer, angular limb deformities, and neonatal isoerythrolysis.
  • Stallion collection and assessment of sperm quality.
  • Instruct and manage 8 undergraduate working students who will assist with treatments and general procedures on the farm.

All interns are required to attend a series of practice short courses during their internship at Peterson & Smith. These courses include topics such as: endoscopy, shock wave therapy, reproduction, pediatrics, and nerve blocks.

If you are interested in our internship program please contact Cyndi Ray, Human Resources, by phone (352) 237-6151 or e-mail  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.