The Equine Field Service internship at Purdue University is a 12-month clinical program (0.5 month orientation and 11.5 month clinical training), providing advanced training in equine field service, lameness, medicine, surgery, ophthalmology, theriogenology, and other specialties on an elective basis. The program is designed to qualify the individual for entry into an approved large animal residency program leading to board certification in a recognized veterinary specialty or for entry into a high-quality equine private practice.
The intern will spend approximately 67% of time in equine community practice, and 33% of time in the veterinary teaching hospital rotating between large animal medicine (1-2 blocks), large animal surgery (1-2 blocks), and elective specialties (1-2 blocks). Blocks are three weeks in length.
Field calls with Equine Community Practice (ECP) are made under the supervision of two ACVS-LA diplomates and ABVP (equine) diplomate. Two fully equipped ambulatory trucks are utilized for field service calls. Ultrasound, portable digital radiography, endoscopy, and motorized dental equipment are utilized on a regular basis. Three registered veterinary technicians work with the ECP team and are crucial to our success in the field. ECP sees approximately 3,000 visits annually, and provides routine primary care (60%), lameness (20%), reproductive services (5%), medicine (10%), and minor surgery (5%). Initially, 100% supervision and contact with a senior clinician is provided during ambulatory calls (emergency and routine) working gradually toward independent performance as the intern gains competency and confidence. Rotations within the Veterinary Teaching Hospital are overseen by boarded specialists and responsibilities (including emergency duty) are shared with other house officers. Averages of 2500 cases per year are presented to the Large Animal Hospital. Although all species of domestic and exotic large animals are seen, horses are most heavily represented (70%).
The intern will be involved in the clinical teaching of senior students and veterinary technician students. Interaction and instruction of other veterinary students within the DVM program is expected and encouraged through participation in student club activities and wet labs (AAEP student chapter). The intern will also present one seminar during the year. Additionally, interns will be encouraged to participate in journal club (medicine or surgery) and weekly rounds.
The intern is assigned a mentor who provides guidance and serves as a liaison throughout the program. A certificate will be awarded upon satisfactory completion of the program.
Benefits include 22 days of vacation per year, health insurance coverage, and professional liability coverage. Additional funds and time are provided for continuing education. After-hours emergency duty will be up to 50% with additional compensation on a per-call basis (average of $2,000-$3,000 annually).
Qualified applicants are encouraged to call or e-mail for more information. Visits are welcome. Please direct correspondence to: Dr. Caroline Gillespie Harmon, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, 625 Harrison Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2026 (Phone 765-494-8548, Fax: 765-496-2641, E-mail: [email protected]).
Applications should include a letter of intent, CV/resume, and 3 references.
Purdue University is an equal opportunity/equal access, affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse work force. The School of Veterinary Medicine at Purdue University values, nurtures, and respects all members of its community and ensures an environment of inclusive excellence where all students, faculty, and staff are inspired and empowered to achieve their full potential.
Requirements to be considered for the job include:
DVM (or equivalent)
Nationally accredited (able to write health certificates and administer rabies vaccines)
Licensed in Indiana or able to become licensed in Indiana
Interest in field equine medicine
Due to length of time to obtain international visas, you must be a citizen of the United States to qualify for this position
About Purdue Equine Community Practice
The Equine Community Practice provides veterinary care to horse owners who are residents of Tippecanoe County and surrounding areas as well as faculty, staff and students of the Purdue University West Lafayette Campus. Field calls with Equine Community Practice (ECP) are made under the supervision of two ACVS-LA diplomates and ABVP (equine) diplomate. Two fully equipped ambulatory trucks are utilized for field service calls. Ultrasound, portable digital radiography, endoscopy, and motorized dental equipment are utilized on a regular basis. Three registered veterinary technicians work with the ECP team and are crucial to our success in the field.
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