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Internships - Salado

Salado is a one year rotating equine internship program designed to provide a level of post-graduate training to prepare an intern for a residency program or private practice. The intern will have the opportunity to sharpen their diagnostic and decision-making skills in equine medicine, surgery and intensive care, gain hands-on experience in routine procedures and advanced diagnostics, as well as develop confidence in interacting with clients, staff and other veterinarians. Working in a fast-paced, friendly environment with the large caseload at our hospital can be very rewarding and educational. As a first job after veterinary school, this program should provide the intern with enough clinical exposure to allow a solid foundation to start in general practice, a clinical sports medicine practice, or engage in a residency program.

We strongly believe in mentoring. The amount of supervision will depend on the intern's experience and licensing status and may vary as the year progresses. The intern is expected to develop skills to allow handling of in-house and farm call appointments and emergency cases, however the intern will always be under direct or indirect supervision as there is a staff veterinarian within 30 minutes of the hospital at all times.

Primary duties include daily treatments, evaluation and record keeping of hospitalized patients, assisting staff veterinarians in lameness exams, surgeries, dentistry, reproduction and neonatal care. As they gain confidence, interns will have some of their own farm call and outpatient appointments scheduled. Night duties consist of patient treatments, intensive care monitoring, as well as, assisting with emergencies. Interns will split emergency and night duties as they rotate between inpatient and outpatient evaluations. Each intern will have primary emergency call with a staff clinician back up once every other week and one weekend every other month. An expected breakdown of responsibilities includes: hospital treatments 5%, hospital ICU monitoring 5%, outpatient lameness 30%, outpatient medicine/general practice 20%, ambulatory 20%, surgery 10%, emergency 5%, and anesthesia <5%. Interns are encouraged to identify a case or subject, which with the assistance of a staff veterinarian, would be appropriate for publication. Interns will assist with in house and ambulatory emergencies on a rotating basis. 2 to 5 after-hours emergencies per week are normal.

Appointments are scheduled from 8 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday and 8 to 12 on Saturday. The hospital accepts emergencies 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Hospitalized patients are treated in the mornings by the interns and technicians. Overnight treatments and monitoring are done primarily by the interns. Outpatients are seen throughout the day by the staff veterinarians and by accompanying interns. Elective surgeries are scheduled during the morning and afternoons. Clinic workload increases substantially during the show and breeding/foaling seasons. Chapter reviews and stall side rounds offer supplemental learning to interns. The caseload is approximately 40% sports medicine, 20% internal medicine, 20% dentistry/wellness, 10% reproduction, <5% complimentary medicine, and 5% pre-purchase examinations.

The internship, externship in Salado is supported by three veterinarians: John Janicek, DVM, DACVS; Theresa Dwyer, DVM; and Beau Whitaker, DVM;

Interns will spend the majority of their time at one of the hospitals, but the potential to spend 4-8 weeks at one of the other facilities is possible.

In Salado we saw 10,962 cases in 2015 with 70% seen at the clinic. The in-house caseload varies between 15-40 cases per day. The average number of hospitalized patients treated daily varies from 5 - 20 depending on the time of year. Specific case breakdown is approximately

  • lameness = 1,000-2,000 / year
  • pre-purchase = 100-150 / year
  • surgery = 350-400 / year (35-40% orthopedic, 30-35% soft tissue, 20-25% emergency)
  • reproduction = 1000-1150 / year (150 -200 semen collections, 30-40 ET flush, 5-10 high risk pregnancies)
  • internal medicine = 500-800 / year (30-50 neonatal cases; 100 ophthalmology, 150-200 gastrointestinal, 100-150 respiratory, 5-10 cardiac, 50-100 neurologic, and 50-75 dermatologic)
  • general health = 500-800
  • corrective podiatry = 75-100
  • dentistry = 900-1,000
  • chiropractic/acupuncture = 100-150
  • emergency = 225-275

All hospitals are equipped with state of the art equipment including; 1 and 3 meter video endoscopes, 1 meter pediatric fiberoptic endoscopes, digital abdominal/tendon/cardiac ultrasound, ambulatory repro/tendon ultrasounds, portable digital x-ray units, video arthroscopic equipment, video laparoscopic equipment, internal fixation equipment, extra corporeal shock wave therapy units, powered dental floats, IRAP centrifuges, platelet rich plasma systems, lameness locator, dynamic endoscopy, a clinical laboratory (with hematology, chemistry, blood gas analysis, coagulation testing, cytology and microbiology), fluid pumps, radio-telemetry EKG and other critical care equipment. Fully equipped ambulatory vehicles are available for use on farm calls.

The hospital in Salado is situated on 20 acres with 3 barns totaling 40 stalls, 18 paddocks, and 3 large pastures. The main hospital building consists of a large examination/lameness area and 2 stocks, 1 surgical suite with 1 induction recovery stall, 1 clinical laboratory, a pharmacy, a reception area, and doctor’s offices. The two additional barns are a stallion barn and the mare motel/reproduction barn.

The Brazos Valley Equine Hospital is committed to provide the highest quality equine medical and surgical care for our patients and the best service for clients. The caseload leans toward lameness and sports medicine covering a wide variety of breeds and disciplines. The majority of cases are western performance/pleasure horses (60%), sport horse (15%), race (10%) with the remainder of the case load consisting of other show/performance horses, endurance horses, drafts, ponies, and miniatures. Dr Dwyer has a large reproduction case load that consists of racing, western performance, and some sport horse. We stand 4 to 8 stallions a year. We also work 5 to 8 large barrel races a year in Texas and Oklahoma.

Internship applicants must be a graduate veterinarian with general experience in equine medicine and surgery, and basic knowledge of horsemanship. The ability to work as a team, maintain a positive attitude, and possess good people skills are a requirement. Please send a resume, cover letter, a copy of veterinary transcripts, and two letters of recommendation from equine practitioners or university faculty members in equine medicine or surgery. A prior visit/externship and interview is strongly encouraged. A personal meeting is weighted the most when considering applicants. Foreign students and veterinarians are welcome and encouraged to apply, though licensed veterinarians will be considered first.

Additional benefits to salary include health insurance, malpractice insurance, housing at hospital grounds with paid utilities, stipend for use to attend one meeting, AAEP membership dues, state licensing fees (if applicable), VIN membership, and limited time off for job/residency interviews. Salary will be based on interns experience and licensing status, ranging from 2100 to 3000 / month. There is a possibility for future employment with mutual satisfaction and desire. Internship starting dates will be staggered (May 15 and June 1) to allow for overlap between interns. Some flexibility on the starting date can be discussed.

All candidates will be notified in writing of his/her acceptance into the program as soon as the application process is completed. A decision will be made when excellent candidates are identified. All candidates will be notified prior to January 10th each year. As such, intern applicants are encouraged to have all prerequisites to the hospital by October 1st. A letter of intent, curriculum vitae, and letters of reference should be sent to BVEH-INTERNSHIP, 586 Lonesome Dove Lane, Salado, TX 76571 or by email to


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