Learn Our Approach

We are currently accepting applications for 2011 and 2012 internships. Here at KESMARC Florida we fully understand the "exclusiveness" of our facility, only a KESMARC facility offers the type of comprehensive rehabilitation care that we offer.

We also appreciate the need for quality training and placements in the field of equine rehabilitation. To help interested students learn more about the KESMARC approach, we are proud to offer two separate internship programs. Both internship programs are UNPAID.

"Here at KESMARC, you experience as an intern being thrown into the best of the equine performance industry in so many aspects. Through this opportunity I gained knowledge of myself, my future career plans, horsemanship and the versatility of the equine industry. Through perseverance and hard work you will walk away with such a well rounded experience and relationships with some of the greatest people and horses in the business."

- Katrina Turcotte (former intern)
The OAKS Internship Program

The OAKS program runs year-round and is available to anyone over the age of seventeen (younger students may be accepted with parental permission). We accept multiple interns for one week to two month sessions at our facility. All we ask is that potential interns be "horse savvy" and be interested in Equine Rehabilitation. This program is best for younger students who live nearby and want to get a taste of what Equine Rehabilitation is like in order to determine future study and/or career paths.

The DERBY Internship Program

The DERBY program is more extensive than the OAKS program, and is a better fit for equine science students, especially those studying Veterinary Medicine, Pre-Vet students and those studying Equine Rehabilitation. This program lasts a minimum of three months and can be extended up to one year if required. The goal of the DERBY Internship program is to let students experience the world of equine rehabilitation firsthand and to give them an idea of the commitment required to succeed in this field.

Interns in our DERBY program will stay in "dorm-style" accommodations at our facility. This way there is no need to worry about transport to and from work, which is especially important for our international visitors. Interns are responsible for their own work visa and travel arrangements, insurance coverage and food. They are expected to work a six-day week, with hours varying due to daily schedules. Duties expected of our interns include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Bandaging, including sweats, poultices, post-surgical bandages and shipping.
  • General care including monitoring temperatures and appetites, grooming, bathing, picking feet, checking legs, etc.
  • Preparing horses to swim and aquatred.
  • Putting horses on and off the walking machine.
  • Assisting veterinarians as required (with radiographs, ultrasound, scoping, etc.) Although we do not have a veterinarian on staff, we work closely with referring veterinarians on a daily basis.
  • Assisting farriers and dentists as needed.
  • Preparing horses to ship, including ensuring coggins and health certificates are obtained.
  • Daily record keeping on all horses for health records and billing purposes.
  • Supervised operation of Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber treatments (only available to interns committing to more than 3 months).
  • Any other duties that may arise in the day to day running of a large equine facility.

Our aim is to provide you with a sound understanding of Equine Rehabilitation protocols, while allowing you to interact with some of the best equine veterinarians in the world.

How to Apply

To apply for one of our internships, please click the "Online Internship Application" at the top of this page, or click here.