Peterson and Smith Equine Hospital. Peterson, Matthews, Hahn, Slone, and Russell, P.A. Ocala, Florida

Full service referral hospital and ambulatory practice.

Surgical and Medical Hospital. Surgical staff includes two board certified surgeons and one board certified internist, associate surgeon, surgery resident, and three interns. Services include: orthopedic surgery, soft tissue surgery, emergency colics, neonatal ICU, dystocias, 24 hour ICU with stat lab results, 24 hour emergency service, medical work-ups of all kinds, lameness exams, reproductive evaluations, radiography, gastric endoscopy, sports medicine barn with nuclear medicine scan area and high speed treadmill.

Ambulatory Practice. Eleven clincians on staff. Service 35 mile radius of Ocala and offer 24-hour coverage. Each clinician is equipped with appropriate vehicles and communication equipment, medical supplies and instruments, x-ray, endoscopy, and ultrasonography equipment. The majority of the patients are thoroughbreds.

Reproduction Center. 86 acre facility with room for boarding client horses, outpatient work-ups, and housing for an embryo transfer recipient herd. All aspects of the embryo transfer program are conducted here. Also provided here are diagnostic evaluations and treatments for mares with fertility problems, breeding management for the use of cooled or frozen semen, stallion breeding soundness exams and fertility work-ups, semen collection for cooled transport, and semen freezing.

On-Site Laboratory. Directed by a Florida-licensed lab technician. First state approved private facility in Florida to process Coggins tests. On-site services include: microbiology and blood culture; chemistries, including equine profile 15; cytology, hematology and immunology diagnostics; fecal flotation, blood gas, urinalysis, and other diagnostic testing; Coggins (agar gel and ELISA).

Support Staff. Support staff includes: technicians, barn and farm crew, and administrative staff.

Externship Program.

Do not have a rigidly structured program for students, but allow them as much flexibility as possible to see whatever aspects of the practice interest them. There are instances that particular practitioners will need additional help, and you will be asked on those days to help that doctor. You may also be asked to help with emergency work at any time. Students are primarily here to observe, little hands on is available. (This is dictated by the nature of the horse industry in the Ocala area.) The doctors know that you are there to learn, and try to facilitate that as much as possible.

Living arrangements. The practice owns a two bedroom, two bath mobile home at the Equine Reproduction Center. It will accommodate up to four students (2 female, 2 male) at a time. The mobile home is equipped with a kitchen with cooking and eating utensils, a microwave, and a television, but not linens or towels.

Contact Denise Brazier telling her when you wish to come. She can be reached at 352-237-6151, or by email at PSPA2@aol.com. Please provide a resume, a photograph of yourself, and a copy of your driver's license. A minimum of one week notice is needed, but earlier notification is better to ensure a spot. If you decide not to come, are coming late, or are leaving earlier than anticipated, please contact the hospital as soon as possible. You are expected to help wherever you are needed, and to dress appropriately and conduct yourself in a professional manner at all times.

Internship Program.

Three hospital interns. Involved in medicine, surgery, and with outpatients. You will be involved in every aspect of the cases. Your veterinary skills and knowledge, client interaction skills, and work ethic will be called upon

Three ambulatory interns. Spend approximately six weeks with other ambulatory clinicians to be introduced to some of the clientele and have time for instruction. You will also learn the administrative aspect of the hospital during these six weeks. During the introductory period, there is a lot of one on one time between intern and clinician. After the introductory period, the ambulatory interns are equipped with their own vehicles, equipment, supplies, etc. Now, you will be making your own diagnoses and prescribing treatments. The clients you see will be a mixture of other clinicians' and your own. We try to involve interns in cases that are more interesting, unusual, or more challenging when they are presented.

If you have any questions about the internship, please contact Denise Brazier at 352-237-6151 or by email at PSPA2@aol.com. If you wish to apply for an internship, you must do so in writing and include a resume, references, and a picture of yourself. You must have a Florida license by the time you would begin your internship. You must commit to one year, from July 1 to July 1.

In the past, most of the interns have been selected from applicants who visited the practice as students. The selections will be made by the end of February.

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