& Associates Equine Hospital offers externships for equine
study/science students. They are strictly equine. They care for horses
of many breeds and talents, such as: sport/performance, hunter/jumper,
western, dressage, eventing, and race (standard bred and thoroughbred).
Merritt & Associates is quickly becoming a leading referral
hospital in the area providing state-of-the-art diagnostic and
treatment services for veterinarians, trainers and owners. Their
facilities include: Nuclear scintigraphy, surgical suite, high
frequency shockwave therapy, digitally enhanced ultrasound,
computerized radiography, video endoscopy and pharmacy/lab on premises.
We also offer ambulatory services, 24-hr. emergency services,
dentistry, reproductive services and acupuncture.
Merritt, DVM, is the owner of the practice. He specializes in equine
lameness and respiratory problems. Rachel Heart, DVM, has over 12 years
experience as a racetrack veterinarian specializing in sports medicine,
lameness and acupuncture. Brad Hill, DVM, specializes in diagnosing and
treating muscoskeletal and neurological problems.
Downs, DVM has a special interest in surgical procedures as well as the
diagnosing and treatment of lameness in the equine athlete. Scott
McClure, DVM and Joe Foerner, DVM handle our surgery cases and Steve
Reed, DVM consults on neurologic cases.
& Associates Equine Hospital's cases include approximately 40%
lameness, 20% respiratory, 10% neurology, 15% routine work, 5% nuclear
medicine and 10% surgery. Their surgeries are elective procedures:
upper airway, arthroscopies and other miscellaneous procedures. The
work week is general 50-60 hours or until job is complete. There will
be a good amount of diagnostic work-ups, nerve blocks, radiology,
ultrasound, endoscopy, bone scans and treatments.
usually last between 1-6 weeks, but they are flexible if the student
would like to stay longer. Externs may help doctors with in-house and
ambulatory cases: assisting with lameness, medical, dental and
reproductive exams, assist with surgery, acupuncture and taking
radiographs. Externs may also assist with running blood work and
performing treatments on hospitalized patients.
for externs is available.
Merritt & Associates Equine Hospital
26996 N. Darrell Road
Wauconda, IL. 60084