|Call Emergency Number 763-441-3797||
Anoka Equine Veterinary Internship Program
Anoka Equine is pleased to provide a structured and broad-based internship program that provides new graduate veterinarians with the opportunity to develop clinical and client interaction skills that will serve them well in a practice environment or a residency program. Our interns are exposed to diverse and challenging cases as well as everyday care, a variety of horse disciplines, and primary case management. Providing mentorship and practical hands-on experience are at the very core of the internship.
Interns are exposed to all facets of veterinary medicine, surgery, reproduction, anesthesia, and lameness. The first 2-3 months are divided into time spent assisting the veterinarians in the hospital and out in the field. Following that period, we feel our interns are able to start take on their own ambulatory calls during the day as well as emergency time on-call. Throughout the internship the interns are still partially scheduled in the clinic where they are able to participate in detailed lameness cases, surgery and intensive care cases.
It is strongly suggested that you complete an externship prior to applying for the internship. To apply for our 2018-2019 internship position please submit a cover letter, resume or curriculum vitae and 3 letters of reference. The deadline for applications is November 1st, 2017. The selection process will be completed by December 1, 2017 and all applicants will receive notification.
Mary Huerter, DVM | 2016-2017 Intern
I knew immediately when I had my 2 week externship with Anoka Equine during my fourth year in veterinary school that it was the place I wanted to complete my internship. Everyone at Anoka Equine welcomed me as part of the team, even though I was just visiting for two weeks. They valued me as a person and future veterinarian. They involved me in cases at every opportunity knowing the value each case can provide. My internship was everything I hoped for. The same welcoming atmosphere and mentorship I experienced in my externship was available to me on a daily basis. They challenged me and they gave me freedom to find my veterinary legs and develop my skills. Their trust in my abilities and judgement gave me confidence as I approached tough cases. In addition, the technicians are world class both in attitude and ability. There were so many cases where the technician’s efficiency, skills, and moral support were instrumental in the successful treatment of patients. The office staff also made my internship a success by helping me communicate with clients, coordinate daytime emergencies, and find my way through paperwork The relationships you form at Anoka Equine are life long, and the memories and experiences are unforgettable. Anoka Equine is a wonderful place to spend two weeks, or if you’re lucky, a whole year.
Craig Lesser, CF, DVM | Intern 2015-2016
The year I spent as an intern at Anoka Equine was exactly what I needed to further my education and become a quality and well-rounded equine veterinarian. The internship was a great mixture of mentorship and independence; allowing me to develop my clinical abilities and evolve from a student to an associate in a seamless fashion. An environment was built in which asking questions was encouraged and teamwork was key to case management. My choice to do an internship at AE was beyond reproach and upon leaving I felt competent in all aspects of practice. I would encourage anyone interested in becoming a well-rounded equine practitioner to visit AE and see if it is a good fit for you. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me for more information.
Megan Slamka, DVM | Intern 2013-2014
My internship at Anoka Equine has exceeded my expectations! Al the Doctors are fantastic mentors and take great care to educate interns and externs alike. The ability to manage cases on my own while having the support of the other Doctors, was huge in helping me to gain confidence, while learning and increasing my clinical and communication skills.
“It was an excellent investment in my veterinary career. I was mentored while making exceptional
friends and colleagues. All of the doctors, technicians and staff conduct
themselves with respect and integrity.
They strive to make learning collaborative and fun. I was always treated
as a doctor and given ample opportunities to both take the lead on cases and be
taught. Expect to have the freedom to practice medicine on your own all while
having exceptional and knowledgeable help, just a consultation away! When finished with my year, I felt confident
practicing equine medicine and had extensive experience in lameness, surgery,
reproduction, preventative medicine, neonatal care, and emergency work. No one will regret completing either an
externship or internship with Anoka Equine Veterinary Services.”
When I started looking for an internship I went through nearly every clinic I could find at the time and started narrowing down choices based on the type of practice, number of interns, specialties, and of course, location. I can't say that I honestly dedicated much time to the Midwest or Great Lakes region. After all, cold winters aren't my favorite thing. After a summer of visiting different clinics that I thought would meet my ideals I was a little disappointed with my options. They were good clinics but not a perfect fit. About a month after most of the internship applications closed I got an e-mail from a mentor letting me know that Anoka Equine was still looking for their intern candidate for the following year. After a phone interview and a trip to Minnesota in the dead of winter I knew I'd found an excellent opportunity.
Throughout the next year I was immersed in the best learning experience of my life. I was given a lot of primary case responsibility but I had constant access to some of the best veterinarians in the business. I saw more cases in a year than I could have seen in five years in a smaller practice and there was always variety. At the conclusion of my internship I had not only learned more than I could have expected from a single year and developed relationships with some amazing mentors, but I had found a second family. Today I'm running my own ambulatory practice and I know I wouldn't be capable of running this type of practice without the experiences I had at Anoka Equine Hospital.
Stephanie Permenter, DVM
“Anoka Equine's internship program was the
best career decision I could have made. Between the people and the case
diversity, you could not ask for a better equine internship. They will
help and support your career goals whether you are looking to pursue an
ambulatory position or a residency afterward. Not only do they practice a
high level of medicine, but you will have lifelong mentors and friends. I would
go back and do it again in a heartbeat!”
Bryce Davidson, DVM University of Washington 2008-2009
Shaun Tatman, DVM Texas A& M 2007-2008
Nadine Soleman, DVM Penn State 2006-2007
Donna Krevel, DVM University of Minnesota 2005-2006
Stacy Sickler, DVM University of Minnesota 2004-2005