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 two externs at a time at the clinic in accordance with NYS DOH quarantining and testing requirements (fully vaccinated individuals are exempt). Additional externs may be accepted if they have off-site housing. Externs will have the opportunity to work with the hospital and ambulatory doctors.
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. Externships are strongly encouraged to ensure a mutually good fit. 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: 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 two externs at a time at the clinic after NYS DOH quarantining and testing has been completed. Additional externs may be accepted if they have off-site housing.
About Rhinebeck Equine
Rhinebeck Equine is the largest equine referral hospital in the Hudson Valley with board-certified specialists in surgery, internal medicine, theriogenology, and ophthalmology practicing out of a 27 stall facility. Our experienced ambulatory team provides comprehensive services to 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. Eleven staff veterinarians and five interns 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.