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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Application requirements

  • 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The deadline for applications is October 31st of each year.

Employee Benefits

  • 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.

  • Five positions filled for the year 2010 – 2011
  • Six positions filled for the year 2011 – 2012
  • Five positions filled for the year 2012 – 2013
  • Five positions filled for the year 2013-2014
  • Five positions filled for the year 2014-2015
  • Five positions filled for the year 2015-2016
  • Six positions filled for the year 2016-2017
  • Five positions filled for the year 2017-2018
  • Five positions filled for the year 2018-2019
  • Five positions filled for the year 2019-2020

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.

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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
  • Videoendoscopy
  • 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

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.

Internal medicine

Referral workups provided 5 days a week, emergency services daily. Over 100 foals admitted annually.

Field service

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)

Internal medicine

  • 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%)
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O: (352) 873-7830
F: (352) 873-7700


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Equine Medical Center of Ocala
7107 West Hwy 326
Ocala, Florida 34482


Office hours

Mon - Fri (7:30am - 5:30pm)
Saturday (8:00am - 12:00pm) February to June
Closed on Sunday

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