Internship Program

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Palm Beach Equine Clinic offers an internship program for those seeking experience in all facets of equine medicine and surgical procedures. An internship will prepare the recent graduate for clinical practice by providing exposure to and experience with the treatment of a large and varied case load. The intern will work under direct supervision of experienced and board certified clinicians.

Internship candidates are typically selected from a pool of prior externs. Therefore, it is HIGHLY recommended that applicants have already completed an externship prior to applying for an internship. Palm Beach Equine Clinic offers multiple internship positions that begin in July and are 12-months in length.

Internship Prerequisites

Palm Beach Equine Clinic (PBEC) is a full-service medical facility offering care 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Equipped with a surgical center, advanced diagnostic imaging units, laboratory, pharmacy, reproductive station and breeding shed, recovery stalls, and isolation unit, Palm Beach Equine Clinic has the necessary tools for diagnosing and treating a variety of cases.

The PBEC internship offers a variety of experiences, emphasizing hands-on experiences while acquiring decision-making and client communication skills and gaining valuable experience and mentorship through a supportive environment. Our talented support staff encourages frequent case discussions and collaboration. Interns will have the opportunity to be part of a high-quality care facility and excel in customer service and client relations. The goal of our internship program is to produce well-rounded equine veterinarians.


Responsibilities of Interns

Palm Beach Equine Clinic interns are expected to develop the skills required to diagnose and treat a large number of presenting problems following best practice guidelines. The internship includes regular journal club and the opportunity to work alongside ambulatory veterinarians to establish the basics of equine general practice.

Interns rotate weekly, as follows: Hospital and outpatient procedures, anesthesia, surgery, and on-call emergency duties. The internship position is primarily hospital-based. The internship position is primarily hospital-based. The hospital has over 20 stalls available for patients and has a high and varied caseload during the winter season, with more than 5,000 clients.

Palm Beach Equine Clinic interns are responsible for many duties that include but are not limited to:

  • Assist in the examination and management of cases to diagnose and treat patients
  • Primary general anesthesia
  • Scrub in to assist with surgeries
  • Oversee hospitalized patients and patients in isolation
  • Assist in record keeping, including patient medical records
  • Maintain treatment schedules and discharge instructions
  • Communicate with clients and referral veterinarians

 

Intern Compensation

Palm Beach Equine Clinic provides accommodations for interns including benefits, salary, housing and transportation. The term of internship employment is 12 months. Our contract year allows outgoing and incoming interns to be staggered to provide overlap and experience. Generally, new interns will have two weeks of overlap with our current interns.  

The yearly salary is USD 45,000. PBEC will also cover membership fees, including AVMA and AAEP memberships and vision and dental insurance. Sponsored continuing education (CE) events are hosted at PBEC and are free for attendees. PBEC hosts on average five CE events per year.  

Housing will be provided at no additional cost and will include a washer/dryer, Wi-Fi, and cable TV.  For your convenience, you will be provided with an intern cell phone, a shared intern vet truck stocked for ambulatory or emergency work, a desktop/laptop, and a workstation in the PBEC office. 

These and other accommodations may be discussed during the interview process with the Internship Committee.

Internship Prerequisites

National Interns must be graduating from an AVMA-accredited school and be able to obtain a Florida state veterinary license. Previous equine experience is strongly recommended. 

International interns must successfully complete an educational equivalency certification program such as that administered by the AVMA. Interns must also obtain a U.S. Visa from the U.S. Department of State. PBEC is open to the prospect of employing interns from other countries such as Canada, the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, Colombia and more. PBEC will help facilitate obtaining a visa.  

All applicants must submit a letter of intent, CV, and three letters of recommendation.

To apply for an internship, please complete the below form to contact the Internship Committee.