Internships and Externships
OUR EXTERNSHIP PROGRAM
Our Externship Program looks to involve visiting students in the daily activities of the practice. We provide on-site housing, which enables our externs to be available for emergencies. We find that some of the most interesting cases present themselves at night or on the weekend. Students are given the opportunity to participate in case evaluation, diagnostics, management, and hospitalized patient care.
We look to fill our internship positions from those who have spent time with us as an extern. We typically have five interns on two-week rotations: Surgery, Anesthesia, Reproduction/Ambulatory, Internal Medicine, and Nights. With that in mind, externs are placed into these same rotations so that we can provide them with a broad view of what it would be like to intern at EMCO. During their time with us, we are evaluating their veterinary abilities to date, and how the extern fits in to the work group. In addition to their veterinary knowledge and skills, we look for character and personality traits that will enable the extern (potential intern) to work well in an established group.
We accept 3rd and 4th year veterinary students for externships in blocks of 1-3 weeks. Because we are 100% equine, we require that you have basic horse handling skills. We welcome students from foreign countries, and have hosted many in our externship program, several of whom completed internships in our practice as well. However, we do require that you can communicate well in English.
If you are interested in scheduling an externship, please send an email with your requested dates and CV/resume to:
Julie Worsham, Human Resources Manager
PHILOSOPHY OF INTERNSHIP
- To encourage the development of problem-solving skills and their application to daily medicine.
- To help the intern integrate the professional veterinary degree into the needs of the patient, the owner and trainer, the medical record, the referring veterinarian, hospital staff, the insurance company, and their colleagues.
- To provide mentorship and instillation of sound veterinary morals and ethics.
PREREQUISITES OF APPLICATION AND INTERNSHIP
Previous equine experience is encouraged but not needed for the person with the right work ethic and positive personality. Interns are often selected from our extern list, so it is recommended that potential interns spend several days at the practice. To request an externship please email Julie Worsham at email@example.com.
- Letter of Intent
- CV & school transcripts
- Three professional reference letters.
- Must be able to apply for and acquire a Florida Veterinary license.
- Students graduating from a university outside of the USA or Canada that has not been accredited by the AVMA are required to obtain an ECFVG certificate prior to being licensed in the State of Florida.
Applications and references should be submitted to Julie Worsham, Business Operations Manager at JWorsham@EMCOcala.com
The deadline for applications is October 31st of each year.
- Liability insurance provided by the company on the first day of the internship.
- Subsidy for your cell phone.
- Paid time off for vacation, sick, continuing education and holidays.
- Company will provide reimbursement for state licensure and professional veterinary association dues (AVMA & AAEP)
- After 90 days, you are eligible for:
Health – Dental – Vision – Accident – Critical Illness – Group Life Insurance
LIST OF INTERNSHIP DUTIES IN PRACTICE
Over the course of the year, the interns rotate between 5 blocks that last 2 weeks in duration.
Interns are responsible for the daily activities in anesthesia and MRI, surgery, medicine, reproduction, and after- hours emergency service. Independent case management and ambulatory responsibilities are encouraged in order to instill confidence, surgical acumen, reproductive skills, client communication skills and mastery of the medical method.
The EMCO internship is not an advanced nursing duty internship. We strongly believe in allowing our interns to give first opinions and participate in case management at a doctorate level. We have an exceptional nursing staff that is provided to help our doctors manage their patients with a high level of care.
AMOUNT OF SUPERVISION
The internship begins with a high level of supervision. Over time less supervision is applied so that skills and confidence levels are developed. Specialist backup is always available to the interns.
TERM OF EMPLOYMENT
June 1 to June 15 of the following year. The first two weeks of intern orientation involves both the incoming interns and outgoing interns along with senior clinicians and hospital staff.
TYPE OF PRACTICE
100 % equine practice: emergency, referral and ambulatory
State of the art equine hospital completed in February 2003.
SURGICAL UNIT CONTAINS:
- 1 induction room
- 2 recovery rooms
- Overhead hoists
- 2 operating rooms
- 1 standing MRI room
- Bone scintigraphy
- Video arthroscopy unit
- Advanced monitoring equipment and inhalation anesthetics
REPRODUCTION FACILITIES INCLUDE:
- Semen/embryo laboratory
- Environmentally controlled semen collection lab
- Dystocia and routine repro exam rooms
OUR INTERNAL MEDICINE SERVICE PROVIDES PATIENTS WITH:
- Neonatal ICU
- Isolation facilities
- GE Logiq 5 ultrasound technology
- Digital Radiography
- Critical care monitoring equipment
- 2 overhead radiograph machines
The specialty services are complemented by a full-service, in-house laboratory providing rapid test turn-around for our hospital and local/referring veterinarians.
NAMES OF VETERINARIANS IN PRACTICE INCLUDING ANY SPECIALTY QUALIFICATIONS
- John G. Peloso, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS
- Corey D. Miller, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACT
- Patrick C. Worden, DVM
- Aric Adams, DVM, Diplomate ACVS
- Tiffany Hall, DVM, ACVIM, Diplomate ACVECC
- Fred W. Benker, DVM
- Justin Phillips, DVM
- Brittany Welch, DVM
ESTIMATED BREAKDOWN OF DAILY OR WEEKLY CASE LOAD
Elective orthopedic/soft tissue and emergency cases primarily encompassing the thoroughbred athlete, performance horses and breeding stock.
2 – 4 surgeries daily with a capacity to do 10 per day. Large number of after hour’s emergencies.
Thoroughbred, Quarter Horse, Warmblood and Paso Fino cases.
Referral workups provided 5 days a week, emergency services daily. Over 100 foals admitted annually.
Primarily performance horse work; training Thoroughbreds and reproduction at local, first-class equine facilities.
EMERGENCY DUTY REQUIREMENTS
All emergency and after hours duties are shared equally between the interns.
TYPES OF CASES (PERCENTAGE IS ESTIMATED)
- Orthopedic: 70% (arthroscopy, angular limb deformities, fracture repair)
- Respiratory: 10% (Tie-back, Lewellen, Tie Forwards, epiglottic entrapment)
- Emergency: 20% (colics, dystocias, lacerations)
- Critical care 50%
- Gastrointestinal 15%
- Respiratory 15%
- Neurological 5%
- Dermatological / Ophthalmological / Oncology / Cardiology / Musculoskeletal 15%
- Infertility (20%)
- Embryo transfer (5%)
- Cooled/Frozen Semen (30%)
- Dystocia (5%)
- Routine mare work (40%)
Equine Medical Center of Ocala offers a premier equine hospital facility and the best team of boarded internists and boarded surgeons in the Southeast United States. EMCO can handle all of your horse healthcare needs and provide you with the best service in the industry. We provide direct service as well as referral service, and we pride ourselves on our relationship with our referring veterinarians.