From breeding and horse management to laboratory work to marketing and social media, Select Breeders Services (SBS) and its affiliate labs offer various internship opportunities for college undergraduates looking to further their knowledge and skill within the equine industry. SBS is the largest and most professionally managed provider of frozen semen services in the world. In addition, many SBS locations offer a full range of equine reproduction services, and most of the affiliate labs are state of the art veterinary hospitals as well. SBS labs provide excellent teaching and training opportunities at some of the best equine reproduction facilities in the country. There is plenty of exposure to hands on experience and on the job training.
Most students that apply for internships in equine reproduction are driven by a desire to go on to veterinary school or work as breeding managers on a stud farm. Those that enjoy working in the laboratory often go on to graduate education and equine research. Other students are simply looking to expand their knowledge on general horse care and management, herd health, breeding and foaling or horse handling and sales prepping. Since we do have a marketing internship at Select Breeders in Maryland, there may be limited horse exposure for these students, but instead practical advertising and marketing experience that could not be obtained in the classroom.
More importantly, Internships are not just about gaining work experience, in some cases an internship can lead to full time employment, or can provide an introduction to new contacts and networking opportunities that may eventually result in employment, or at the very least new friendships and professional relationships.
Additional information is provided below about a few of the internships available within the SBS Affiliate Network. Interested students should follow the links provided or contact the affiliate laboratory for further details. For most of these positions extensive experience is not required but a great attitude, a sense of responsibility and an extremely good work ethic is a must!
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At SBS headquarters in Chesapeake City, Maryland we offer two summer internships for college students. One position fulfills the role of lab assistant and this person divides their time between stallion and mare management services. They assist with general lab maintenance tasks, semen collection and processing, media preparation and assist with the management of frozen semen storage tanks. In addition they aid the resident veterinarian at the mare management facility with handling of mares for reproductive exams, breeding, embryo flushes and transfers. With ever expanding services it is possible that next year we may split this role into two positions, one focused on stallion collection and lab work and the other on mare management and foaling.
SBS also offers a Marketing and Social Media Internship. Students in this position gain a wide variety of experience in the development of sales and lead nurturing campaigns, design and implementation of print advertising schedules, and exposure to website content management and search engine optimization. In addition the intern contributes to our monthly email newsletter and assists with the management of our social media channels. This is a great learning opportunity for students interested in the applied aspects of equine business and marketing.
Students interested in internship opportunities at SBS should submit a letter of interest and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org before November 15th.
Select Breeders Southwest in Aubrey, TX also offers an internship position for a lab assistant during breeding season in the spring. The intern assists with stallion collections and semen processing for cooled semen collections, in addition to helping out around the ranch with veterinary appointments, mare management and foaling mares. For more info contact email@example.com or call (940) 365-2467.
Peterson and Smith Equine Reproduction Center
Peterson and Smith Equine Hospital is a state-of-the-art, full service, 24/7 equine practice located in the heart of Ocala, Florida’s horse country. It has grown to be one of the most highly recognized equine practices in the United States. The Equine Reproduction Center (PSERC) is located on 92 acres in Summerfield, FL, about 20 minutes south of the main hospital. PSERC offers a total of 16 internships, so you are guaranteed to be part of a large supportive group with many hardworking students like yourself. Students receive valuable experience in all aspects of equine reproduction from stallion collection, semen processing and shipping, to mare management, embryo transfer and assisted reproductive techniques. The facility has a large recipient mare herd and foals out hundreds of mares a year. For more information visit the PSERC website or (352) 307-3001.
Established in 1870 the Four Sixes Ranch is a historic cattle and horse ranch in Guthrie, TX. They have >1500 head of horses on the property, stand approx. 24 stallions on site and breed >100 mares a year. Several positions are available for predominantly two different internship options. There is a Breeding/Foaling Attendant internship in the spring and Sales Prep Technician internship in the summer. Internships might also be available in the vet clinic during the summer. Breeding interns help with all aspects of the repro work - foaling out mares, assisting with palpations, embryo transfers, foal care, stallion collection and semen processing. Summer interns involved in sales fitting help with the feeding, grooming, health care, and exercise regime of yearling race horses in preparation for sales in the fall. Vet clinic interns assist the ranch’s resident veterinarians with all the routine and emergency care of the 1500+ horses on the ranch, as well as outside client horses and the occasional small animal case. For more info visit the Internship page on the 6666s website.
Scottsdale Equine Reproduction Center
Scottsdale Equine Reproduction Center (SERC) is a multi-breed full service equine reproduction facility in the beautiful Rio Verde Foothills area of Scottsdale, AZ. Scottsdale is an equine epicenter for many breeds and disciplines of horses including reiners, cutters, cow horses, arabians, dressage horses and hunter jumpers. Breeding interns at SERC assist with all aspects of the breeding program: foaling, breeding, embryo transfers, stallion collections, routine foal care and much, much, more. Housing is available on site and is recommended to enhance the full experience. Please visit our website or call 480-273-7759.
Hagyard Equine Medical Institute
For more than 135 years, the veterinarians of Hagyard-Davidson-McGee Associates, PLLC have dedicated themselves to the health and well-being of the horse. With more than 60 veterinarians and a well-educated, experienced staff of support personnel Hagyard Equine has long stood for excellence in veterinary medicine. Two internship programs are available, applications are due on October 1 and should include a letter of intent and resume. All information should be e-mailed to Jamie O’Flynn, Internship Program Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please visit Undergraduate Opportunities on the Hagyard website for further information.
Veterinary Technician Internship – The McGee Medicine Center specializes in the critical care and treatment of horses suffering from acute or chronic disease, injury, and provides long-term recovery care. Each year this center sees over 2,500 medicine and critical care cases of which more than 450 are critically ill newborn foals. Intern duties include: Monitoring vital signs, assisting veterinarians with procedures, administering medications and treatments and maintaining accurate patient charts,. This program requires a five month commitment from approximately mid-January through mid-May.
Ambulatory Veterinary Assistant Internship - The Hagyard Field Care veterinarians are a group of experienced ambulatory equine practitioners who provide highly personalized on-site care and consultation to area horse farms. Their services include caring for sick or injured horses, performing pre-purchase exams, reproduction, lameness, ultrasonic and endoscopic examinations, delivering foals, and administering medications and treatments. This internship program is designed for a student with a strong interest in equine reproduction. Duties include: Assisting the veterinarian in the delivery of primary care and diagnostic services, re-stocking and maintaining the ambulatory vehicle and completing medical records. This program requires a five month commitment from approximately February through June.