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Peterson & Smith welcomes visits from veterinary students, who come to us from all over the world. We do not have a rigidly structured program for students and want to allow each individual as much flexibility as possible to focus on their primary interests.  We expect our students to assist practitioners as needed, and be involved in after-hours emergencies.

Despite the fact that students will primarily be observing our work, the large number of cases that each student will be exposed to, coupled with the knowledge and expertise of our veterinarians, provides an incredibly valuable learning environment. We try to facilitate as many opportunities for learning as possible. We also welcome our students to attend any continuing education opportunities that are available during their externship.


Housing close to the hospital is provided. Potential interns are strongly encouraged to participate in our externship program, prior to applying for an internship.

Peterson & Smith Thoroughbred Sales Externship

The Peterson & Smith Thoroughbred Sales Externship is available for veterinary students nearing graduation.  The externship will focus directly on the practitioner’s role at a Thoroughbred Sale and the nuances of sales work.


Application deadlines are approximately 60 days prior to the first day of the sale. The applicant must expect to be graduating and NAVLE-eligible within 20 months of the first day of the sale. Those interested in the Ambulatory Internship are preferred.


This externship involves participation in acquisition and interpretation of digital radiography, video laryngoscopy, and musculoskeletal ultrasonography. Professional conduct and appearance are required.


The extern will be contacted approximately 45 days from the first day of the sale, afforded a 48-hour acceptance period, and is responsible for her or his travel and stay.  The Externship will begin at noon the day before the sale and end at the conclusion of the sale.


Currently accepting for the following sales:

Midlantic Two Year Olds In Training Sale: Timonium, MD

The July Sale: Lexington, KY

The Saratoga Sale: Saratoga Springs, NY

New York Bred Yearling Sale: Saratoga Springs, NY

Midlantic Fall Yearling Sale: Timonium, MD

The Saratoga Fall Sale: Saratoga Springs, NY

The October Sale: Lexington, KY

If you are interested in our externship program, please contact:



If you are interested in our sales externship program, please contact:


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