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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

(352) 873-7830



  • 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.


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


  • 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

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

Internship & Externship Opportunities: Service
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