Externship Program

Externships are available for 4th year veterinary students.


Reproductive Program Specifics

Performance Equine Vets externships are available for 2-6 weeks blocks. During this time the student will be working under the supervision and guidance of our highly trained equine technicians as well as our staff of Veterinarians. The student will gain skills and knowledge in breeding of the mare, collection of the stallion, management of the pre-partum mare, delivery of the foal, management of the post-partum mare as well as care of the critically ill mare and foal. Students will be involved with initial assessment, diagnostic decisions and techniques and management of the equine patient while hospitalized. The student will be expected to be intimately involved in the initial evaluation of the cases and their continued management. The student will have primary call duty and will be expected to help the primary duty veterinarian and technician with emergencies after hours on a rotational basis.

Performance Equine Vets offers a diversity in the clinicians experience and interests, and this allows varied opinions and approaches to case management.


Our externship program requires dedicated individuals that are committed to hard work and long hours. Our hospital and staff operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days per year (including all holidays). Days off will rotate and night shifts will be involved in the schedule as needed. We expect uniformly ethical conduct and excellent communication skills. All students will be expected to complete projects assigned in a timely fashion. Seek assistance from your supervisor or other staff members when needed, we look forward to providing mentoring whenever it is desirable. The ability to work as a team with a positive attitude and good people skills are requirements.

About Aiken

In the late 19th century, Aiken gained notoriety as a winter playground for the rich and famous. This “Winter Colony”, often credited to Thomas Hitchcock, Sr. and William C. Whitney, became a seasonal home for many notable people. George H. Bostwick, James B Eustis, Madeline Astor, William K. Vanderbilt, Eugene Grace, Allan Pinkerton, W. Averell Harriman, Seymour H. Knox II, Dorothy Goodyear Rogers heir to the Woolworth fortune, Devereaux Milburn, C. Oliver Iselin and others owned farms in Aiken.

Evidence from those historic days of old can be found in Aiken’s Hitchcock Woods, the largest urban forest in the nation. Once owned by Louise and Thomas Hitchcock, these impressive woods sprawl over 2,000 acres of forestland with more than 70 miles of sandy trails to explore. In 1939, the Hitchcock family committed 1,191 acres into “The Hitchcock Woods Foundation”, a nonprofit organization established to protect these woods for generations to come. In recent decades, the Foundation acquired an additional 900 acres expanding the use of this pristine and natural landscape. More than 100 years of equestrian sports continue in these woods.

Numerous disciplines are represented in Aiken lending to a truly unique equestrian community. Fox Hunting, Eventing, Polo, Combined Driving, Hunter/Jumper, Dressage, Cutting, Barrel Racing, and Thoroughbred Training to name a few. In addition, Aiken’s close proximity to the metropolitan offerings in Columbia, Charleston and Augusta make this area a best-of-both-worlds place to live.

Established in 2005, Performance Equine Vets has grown into one of the largest clinics in the South Eastern United States. A state of the art Surgical Center, Critical Care Hospital and world class Reproduction Facility make Performance Equine Vets the only choice for professional horse owners and trainers seeking total care.

Join us as we grow PEVS into the future. Be a part of our success!


Accommodation, including utilities, is available on the premises at no charge to externs. Students are, however, responsible for their own meals.


Applicants need to forward their Curriculum Vitae and cover letter with requested dates to:

Jessica Fisher


803-641-0645 Fax