Montana Equine is seeking qualified applications for a one-year internship in equine internal medicine and surgery. We seek to foster a balanced internship, with interns' directly-supervised work complimented by more independent work. Interns rotate through internal medicine, surgery and lameness services under the direct supervision of our senior specialist veterinarians. As their skills increase, interns may also begin to see clinical cases, with all case-management decisions still being made under the guidance of our senior veterinarians. We also offer a balanced approach to the various facets of real-world practice: our interns are encouraged to develop not just their clinical skills, but also their ability to communicate effectively, since both skills are so critical in successful practice.

Montana Equine's one-year professional internship program is open to senior veterinary students and other graduate veterinarians. Although a visit to the practice is not mandatory, it is strongly recommended. We request the following materials:

1) A letter of intent, outlining the applicants goals and reasons for application to this program
2) Curriculum Vitae
3) Three Letters of Recommendation (at least two of which should be written by a veterinarian)
4) Transcripts

The deadline for application is November 1 each year. Applicants will be informed of the decision via mail or telephone no later than November 20. Please note: the previous deadline of December 1 has been revised in-line with AAEP guidelines, our AAEP avenues listing, and our colleagues in referral hospitals around the nation. We will continue to accept applications through December 1, 2013, but applicants competitiveness is enhanced by meeting the earlier deadline. Begining in 2014, our application deadline will be firm at November 1.

We have identified specific skill areas and goals for interns. By the end of the 12-month internship, our graduating interns should be able to comfortably perform the following core components of equine practice:


Internal Medicine:

Routine lameness:

Routine Reproductive Care:

Obtain and Interpret Radiographs:

Performing Ultrasound Examinations:

Perform Endoscopy:

Performing Routine Dental Treatments:

Routine and Emergency Field Service:


Professional Development:


Montana Equine is pleased to offer visiting externships for professional veterinary students, veterinary technician students and undergraduate students. With its long-established regional referral practice, our state-of-the art facility has continued to provide advanced medical and surgical care to patients, clients and referring veterinarians throughout the northern Rockies since 1999. In addition, preventative medicine and reproduction play a role in our practice, and we are working to expand the ambulatory aspect.

Our veterinarian-owned hospital is located just west of Bozeman in Montana's beautiful Gallatin Valley and is staffed by experts in internal medicine and surgery. We offer high-quality medicine in a friendly, professional environment. In addition, while you are here, you can enjoy some of Montana's finest outdoor recreation, including hiking in the Bridger Mountains, skiing at Bridger Bowl and Big Sky, and blue ribbon fishing on the Gallatin, Madison and Yellowstone rivers (to name a few).

Our facility offers digital radiography, high-definition digital ultrasound, shockwave and video endoscopy. We routinely perform advanced arthroscopy and laparoscopy in our surgical theatre with two induction/recovery stalls and available sling recovery. In addition to a heated indoor ICU barn including padded stalls for horses with neurologic deficits, we have multiple out-patient treatment areas and extensive in-house laboratory equipment (with automated blood counts, chemistry panels and blood-gas analysis).

We prefer externships of one or more weeks, but will schedule shorter visits. Due to the seasonality of our work, we encourage students to visit in the spring through fall months. This program is designed for professional veterinary students in the final two years of their curriculum; underclassmen and undergraduates are also welcome to schedule externships. Externship requests are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Housing is provided for visiting students, who shadow our veterinarians and also assist with treatments and after-hour emergencies. Each individual student's experience will dictate their exposure to a certain extent, but we encourage active participation in all aspects of clinical care and seek primarily to foster an open comfortable learning environment. Please contact Megan Triplett via email ( or phone (406-285-0123) to schedule your visit or with any questions regarding the externship. Applications for externships are accepted year round.