Undergraduate Internship Opportunities at Peterson Smith Equine Hospital + Complete Care

Peterson Smith Equine Hospital + Complete Care is searching for our next round of undergraduate interns.

Peterson Smith Equine Hospital + Complete Care is a full-service equine practice in the heart of Ocala, Florida’s beautiful horse country. Established in 1981, the clinic has grown to be one of the most highly recognized equine practices in the United States. We are always striving to remain a leading veterinary practice on an international level by providing state-of-the-art diagnostics, surgery and medicine for our patients, and by fostering a relationship of professionalism and integrity with our clients. We provide a range of services from single patient management to large farm consultations.

Our Undergraduate Internship Program was established in 2004. We are searching for undergraduate interns for our hospital, Advanced Fertility Center and ambulatory department. While undergraduate interns can expect to consistently work in one of the three departments during their time at Peterson Smith Equine Hospital + Complete Care, exposure to all departments is likely. Areas of concentration vary by department chosen, but include surgery, internal medicine, diagnostic imaging, theriogenology, emergency medical/surgical care, sports medicine, general medicine and herd health. Undergraduate interns receive training in basic handling and restraint, and will develop a set of general veterinary technician skills including, but not limited to: preparing patients for procedures, surgical scrub, x-ray plate operation, foal restraint, drawing up medications, administering medications and monitoring patient’s vitals.

Peterson Smith Equine Hospital + Complete Care intends that the Undergraduate Internship Program will fulfill the practical experience requirements necessary for each student’s area of study, along with any personal goals that students have for the internship, and provide realistic and relevant exposure to equine medicine.


Peterson Smith Equine Hospital + Complete Care offers both spring and summer undergraduate internships. The spring session spans from January to mid-May for both the hospital and the Advanced Fertility Center, and spans from January to the end of June for the ambulatory department. The summer session spans from mid-May to July, or later.


It is required that undergraduate interns are currently enrolled in, or recently graduated from, an animal sciences or general agricultural/equine education program, or veterinary technician program. Undergraduate interns must be at least 18 years of age, possess a valid driver’s license and clean driving record, and must successfully pass a background and drug screening. Undergraduate Interns must be authorized to work in the United States.

Application Submission Deadline

Applications and supporting documents for spring and summer sessions are due no later than October 31st. Selections and notification will be completed by November 26th. Undergraduate intern selection will be based on availability, relevant experience with a focus on horse handling skills and written references submitted with the application.

Click here for more information about Peterson Smith Equine Hospital + Complete Care’s Undergraduate Internship Program, or to apply.

Peterson Smith Equine Hospital
4747 SW 60th Ave, Ocala, FL 34474
Phone: 352.237.6151 | Fax: 352.237.0629

Mon - Fri: 7:30am - 5:30pm
Saturday: 7:30am - 12:00pm
Closed on Sunday

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Peterson Smith Advanced Fertility Center
15107 SE 47th Ave, Summerfield, FL 34491
Phone: 352.307.3000 | Fax: 754.799.4482

Mon - Fri: 8:00am - 4:30pm
Saturday: 8:00am - 12:00pm
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