The goal of the externship is to provide veterinary students with aspirations for a career in equine medicine and surgery an opportunity for an in-depth clinical experience in a private referral hospital. The practice is committed to providing the extern with a rewarding clinical educational experience. The scope and depth of any hands-on experience will vary with the maturity, aptitude, clinical skills, and “common sense” of each extern. The extern’s primary responsibilities will involve assisting the interns, specialists, and technicians with the evaluation, management, and care of hospital patients, as well as participating in surgery and anesthesia for cases that require it. Externs may have the opportunity to assist with surgical procedures and anesthesia. The externs are also responsible for assisting with the administration of treatments, application of bandages, and performing other tasks in the hospital. While accompanying ambulatory clinicians, the externs will become familiar with ambulatory emergencies, routine health care, theriogenology, and lameness evaluations. The extern will be expected to be available to assist the interns, specialists, and ambulatory doctors with all emergencies. When multiple externs are scheduled, emergencies may be seen on a rotating schedule. The externship also provides an excellent opportunity for a mutual assessment of a good fit for an internship.
Typically, we have accommodations in the clinic building for up to three externs at one time. Due to COVID precautions, we can only currently house one extern at a time at the clinic; housing for an additional extern may be available for select weeks. Externs are currently restricted to the hospital but will have an opportunity to meet ambulatory clinicians as well.
Interested applicants should submit the application form and send a brief letter of intent and CV by e-mail. If you are unable to complete an externship due to COVID restrictions, you may still apply for the internship if you complete a remote interview. All veterinary students are welcome to apply; however, third-year students exploring the possibility of the internship will be given preference. Documentation of liability coverage through the PLIT student program, or equivalent, is required before starting your externship.
Additional Salary Information: Housing is provided at the clinic. Due to COVID precautions, we can only currently house one extern at a time at the clinic; housing for an additional extern may be available for select weeks.
About Rhinebeck Equine
Rhinebeck Equine is the largest equine referral hospital in the Hudson Valley with board-certified specialists in surgery, internal medicine, and ophthalmology. We also have a large field service team servicing horses on farms around the region. We are driven to further the knowledge of our clients and staff, be leaders in the equine veterinary community, and provide the most current, skilled veterinary care for our patients. Our mission is to provide a supportive environment and good work-life balance resulting in employees who provide our clients with an exceptional experience in all facets of our practice. Our 27 stall facility and ambulatory services provide routine, emergency, and specialty coverage for a wide range of breeds and disciplines in the beautiful Hudson River Valley about 2 hours north of New York City. The area affords ample opportunities for outdoor and cultural activities.