Phone: (352) 237-6151

A Tradition of Leadership & Excellence in Equine Medicine


Peterson & Smith Equine Hospital welcomes visits from veterinary students. They come to us from not only the United States but from all over the World. We do not have a rigidly structured program for students but allow them as much flexibility as possible to see whatever aspects of the practice interest them. This enables the students to choose whether they go out in the field or remain at the hospital. We expect our students to assist practitioners as needed. From time to time they will be expected to help with emergency work no matter the hour. Students are primarily here to observe and little hands-on work will be available. This is dictated by the nature of the horse industry in the Ocala area. However, the number of cases that each student will be exposed to on a daily basis coupled with the knowledge and expertise of our veterinarians provides a strong learning environment. We know that students visit our practice to learn and we try to facilitate this as much as possible. Externs are also welcome to attend any continuing education opportunities available during their externship: evening lectures for local veterinarians, wet labs for interns, journal club, hospital rounds, etc.

The practice owns a large mobile home, located at our Equine Reproduction Center in Summerfield, Florida (a 20-minute drive from the hospital), and leases a two-bedroom apartment close to the hospital. We can accommodate up to nine students (male and female) at a time. Potential interns are strongly encouraged to participate in our externship program prior to applying for an internship.

If you are interested in our externship program please contact Grace Tirado Perez, Operations Assistant by phone (352) 237-6151 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Peterson & Smith Thoroughbred Sales Externship

 The Peterson & Smith Thoroughbred Sales Externship is available for veterinary students nearing graduation.  The externship will focus directly on the practitioner’s role at a Thoroughbred Sale and the nuances of sales work.

Application deadlines are approximately 60 days prior to the first day of the sale. The applicant must expect to be graduating and NAVLE-eligible within 20 months of the first day of the sale. Those interested in the Ambulatory Internship are preferred.

This externship involves participation in acquisition and interpretation of digital radiography, video laryngoscopy, and musculoskeletal ultrasonography.  This is not a refresher course for the National Boards Exam.Professional conduct and appearance are required.  

Currently accepting for the following sales:

Midlantic Two-Year-Olds in Training,         Timonium, MD May 22-23, 2017*                          CLOSED        

The July Sale,                                           Lexington, KY July 10-11, 2017                         CLOSED

The Saratoga Sale,                                   Saratoga Springs, NY August 7-8, 2017              CLOSED

New York Bred Yearlings,                         Saratoga Springs, NY August 12-13, 2017            CLOSED

Midlantic Fall Yearlings,                             Timonium, MD October 3, 2017                          (August 3 deadline) 

The Saratoga Fall Sale,                             Saratoga Springs, NY October 16, 2017               (August 16 deadline) 

To apply for the Peterson & Smith Thoroughbred Sales Externship, please email a letter of intent, resume, and at least one letter of reference to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The Extern will be contacted approximately 45 days from the first day of the sale, afforded a 48-hour acceptance period, and is responsible for her or his travel and stay.  The Externship will begin at noon the day before the sale and end at the conclusion of the sale.