Palm Beach Equine Clinic’s internship and externship programs offer a unique experience in the practice of veterinary medicine. Our internship and externship shadowing opportunities are reserved for students who are currently accepted into veterinary school and working to complete their DVM degree.
Wellington is home to the Winter Equestrian Festival, Global Dressage Festival and International Polo Club. Wellington’s highly competitive shows attract the best of dressage, hunter, and jumper riders and horses. The surrounding areas boast a wide range of western sport horses, allowing opportunities for veterinarians to practice in an array of disciplines.
Palm Beach Equine Clinic has primarily two main parts: hospital and ambulatory.
Our intensive care hospital barn includes a large surgical and medical caseload, outpatient calls, and diagnostic imaging cases. We have three Board Certified surgeons on staff for our practice. We also have a Board Certified Internist during winter season (January through April). Surgery days are Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the winter season. During our busiest months, we perform around 15-25 surgeries per week. These vary from elective castrations and orthopedic surgeries to emergency colic and fracture repair surgeries.
Our advanced equine Diagnostic Imaging Department is one of the best in private practice throughout the country. We utilize the most advanced technologies including magnetic resonance imaging, nuclear scintigraphy (bone scan), ultrasonography, digital radiography and computerized tomography. Our Board Certified Radiologist, Dr. Sarah Puchalski, is one of the finest equine imaging professionals in the world and spends her winters on site with Palm Beach Equine Clinic.
Palm Beach Equine Clinic offers 24-hour emergency service by our staff of 30 veterinarians, as well as veterinary referrals. This allows us to provide the very best in care to all our patients.
Several veterinarians at Palm Beach Equine Clinic provide ambulatory services for clients. Many of our veterinarians have personal interests and specialties that they focus on. We have veterinarians that specialize in alternative therapies including acupuncture, equine chiropractic manipulation, laser therapy, herbal therapy and nutrition. We also have veterinarians focused on dentistry, reproduction and sport horse lameness to cover a wide range of patient needs.
In addition to the veterinary hospital and ambulatory services, we host several educational programs that support recently graduated veterinarians and pre-vet students still in high school. Our interns and externs are required to attend morning rounds of hospital cases, weekly journal club and weekly radiology rounds (seasonally). We have created a program for students that is focused on educating, rather than just observing or shadowing.
The externship program is non-stipend. The extern is responsible for arranging accommodations for housing and transportation for the duration of their stay. Additionally, the extern is responsible for providing their own health insurance and VISAs if necessary.
The internship program benefits, salary and accommodations are discussed with applicants during the interview.
Does the externship offer housing, vehicle or stipend?
Palm Beach Equine Clinic DOES NOT provide housing accommodations for externs. We are unable to provide any vehicle or payment for time while on externship at PBEC. Externs are responsible for organizing this themselves. Unfortunately, assistance can’t be given at this time. For more information please contact Dr. Scott Swerdlin at Scott.Swerdlin@equineclinic.com.
What do I wear while on externship at PBEC?
We ask externs to dress professionally and appropriately. This includes nice khakis or jeans and a nice button down top or polo shirt. Appropriate shoe choice for working with horses should be worn. No sweatshirts (hoodies) or yoga/sweat pants are allowed while working with PBEC.
Where do I go the first day?
On the first day of your externship, please meet the interns in the barn just before rounds at 8 a.m. They will be expecting you. Further information on what you will be doing during the externship will be provided that morning.
My school requires a review. Who do I send this to?
Any concerns during your externship should also be addressed to Dr. Swerdlin.
How do I apply for an internship?
An externship is required prior to an internship. Preference is given to those that have completed an externship and completed an interview with the selection committee. Please download and complete the extern survey and fill out the form below to apply.