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Hagyard Equine Medical Institute Maintains Leading Practice

Lexington, KY - February 18, 2009 - Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, one of the top equine healthcare institutes in the nation, has practiced veterinary medicine for more than 130 years. In order to continuously assure its clientele of the very best quality, the well-educated staff at the institute is composed of over 60 experienced veterinarians, with 12 board certifications in specialty areas of Medicine, Surgery, Critical Care and Theriogenology. In addition, an in-depth internship program supplements the institute's current program and cultivates a level of excellence for the future.

Located directly across from the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY, Hagyard Equine Medical Institute provides treatment for international sport horse athletes, as well as thoroughbred races horses, brood mares, and young foals. The company includes the Hagyard Sport Horse program, led by FEI-accredited equine veterinarian Duncan Peters, DVM, MS, which specializes in the treatment of high performance athletes from the disciplines of show jumping, dressage, eventing, roping, and driving, to name a few.

Every year the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute accepts 15-18 interns annually to further prepare them for a career in equine veterinary medicine. Participants in the internship program are often new graduates who spend time working with Hagyard's top veterinarians at their state-of-the-art facility. Depending on the interns' professional objectives, they have the opportunity to work in specific areas, such as surgery, field service, ambulatory practice, and the sport horse program.

The sport horse interns work with Hagyard veterinarians at nationally rated equestrian competitions. These include the Kentucky Horse Shows in Lexington, the Horse Sports By the Bay Series in Traverse City, MI, and the HITS Desert Circuit in Thermal, CA.

"Before graduates become interns, they must complete an externship program ahead of time," commented Dr. Andy Clark, CEO of Hagyard Equine Medical Institute. "We have about 200 students a year complete externships, most of whom are juniors and seniors in veterinary school. We have dorm rooms at our institute, and students spend two to four weeks with us to gain experience in the field. We write reviews of their skill set, as well as their people and business skills, as a way for us to find the best candidates for internships. Down the road, we will eventually hire the very best interns to stay on as veterinarians at our firm."

"We started our internship program for a number of reasons," Dr. Clark explained. "The education system at veterinary school has changed over the years; now students learn more information and content through academia, but they often have less hands-on experience. We find that recent graduates often need additional training, and we would like to prepare our interns with the very best education in equine care."

"This is a service for our interns and to our profession," he added. "Our goal is to greatly improve their experience and proficiency, and this also raises the bar for all veterinarians coming into equine practice. This is our way of upgrading the caliber of vets that we hire at the institute. You can't go down to the store and get an experienced sport horse veterinarian, so we feel it's our job to develop our own and train graduates who have a similar knowledge base and work ethic as those at our institute."

Along with the internship program, Hagyard Equine Medical Institute has established a relationship with Colorado State University and the school's Equine Science program. "We hire equine science students as seasonal workers, and they receive credit from the university," noted Dr. Clark. "This gives them field experience and makes them more competitive career-wise after graduation. It also allows us to continue to strengthen our services."

The institute offers a state-of-the-art facility and the highest quality in equine healthcare.

Hagyard Equine Medical Institute offers 13 Digital Radiology systems, Nuclear Scintigraphy, a high speed treadmill, an on-site laboratory, an on-site pharmacy, full surgical services, 24-hour ambulance and emergency services, Hyperbaric Medicine, and a Siemens 1.5 Tesla Espree "open" MRI.

For more information on Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, please visit their official Web site at http://www.hagyard.com.


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