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Internship Information

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The Alvarado Veterinary Clinic has a very active mixed-animal internship program where we offer an excellent hands-on learning experience for the 1st year veterinarian just coming out of school. Our goal is to equip our intern graduates with the knowledge and confidence needed in any small animal, food animal, equine, or mixed animal practice setting, fully prepared for medicine and surgery.

AVC is the largest mixed animal practice in Texas and with 12 full time veterinarians and 5 interns, we have a very active and very busy case load where an intern will see just about every clinical situation imaginable. The 5 interns rotate between large animal and small animal shifts every 2 weeks that include equine, food animal, small animal internal medicine, small animal surgery and anesthesia, and community practice. Case rounds, led by interns and attended by externs and clinicians, are held daily where we have in depth study and group discussions on selected clinical cases. With an active externship program averaging 50 – 60 externs a year and representing every veterinary school in the U.S, as well as several Canadian, European, and Australian schools, we have created an atmosphere of learning, teaching, and the exchange of ideas.

Weekly clinic wide in-service days are held each Thursday and often include clinical service veterinary presentations. With 5 interns dividing emergency duties, more personal time and time off is available than in most internships. Housing is provided at the facility to simplify life and reduce expenses.

Our clinic has a 10,000 square foot small animal clinic with 7 exam rooms. We are equipped with an in house lab, digital x-rays, 3 sonograms, blood pressure and EKG monitoring systems, fluid pumps, and we offer advanced orthopedic surgeries including TTA, TPLO, bone plating, x-fix, toggle pin hip repairs, and others.
The attached Equine hospital has four stocks, 2 mare/foal stocks, a breeding lab and 16 stalls. A separate surgery room with a hydraulic lift table is used for surgeries. Our patients include Quarter Horses, Tennessee Walkers, Arabians and Thoroughbreds, and a few Warm Bloods. We have close relationships with several equine specialists and refer surgical colic cases.

Our food animal practice is mostly cow/calf operations, show cows, rodeo bulls, small ruminants and occasionally some show pigs. Our doctors have a strong interest in medicine and lameness, and our hydraulic chute is very busy and one of the best pieces of equipment in the clinic.

The support staff is the best and consists of 8 experienced small animal techs averaging 12+ years employment here, 4 large animal techs. 8 secretary/receptionists, and 6 tech assistants. This allows the interns to concentrate on learning and applying their veterinary knowledge. We definitely offer a hands-on learning experience stressing quality and compassionate vet medicine.

Current Interns

2016-2017:

Kayla M. Livengood, D.V.M.


Kayla M. Livengood, D.V.M.

Nicole C. Poston, D.V.M.


Nicole C. Poston, D.V.M.

Laura M. Schwartz, D.V.M.


Laura M. Schwartz, D.V.M.

Caitlin R. Smith, D.V.M.


Caitlin R. Smith, D.V.M.

Past Interns

2012-2013:

Martin, Tyler DVMColorado State UniversityClass of 2012


Tyler Martin, D.V.M.
Colorado State University
Class of 2012

Mitchell, Jeremy DVMColorado State UniversityClass of 2012


Jeremy Mitchell, D.V.M
Colorado State University
Class of 2012

2013-2014:

Kirsten Boister, D.V.M.  Texas A & M University  Class of 2013


Kirsten Boister, D.V.M.
Texas A & M University
Class of 2013

Jennifer Booth, D.V.M.Texas A&M  Class of 2013


Jennifer Booth, D.V.M.
Kansas State University
Class of 2013

Zach Brown D.V.M.  Mississippi State University  Class of 2013


Zach Brown D.V.M.
Mississippi State University
Class of 2013

Eng, Crystal DVM  Texas A & M University  Class of 2013


Crystal Eng, D.V.M.
Texas A & M University
Class of 2013

Jeanie Presler, D.V.M.  Ross University  Class of 2013


Jeanie Presler, D.V.M.
Ross University
Class of 2013

2014-2015:

Daniel Finch, D.V.M. Ross University Class of 2014


Daniel Finch, D.V.M.
Ross University
Class of 2014

Jake McCabe, D.V.M  Oklahoma State  Class of 2014


Jake McCabe, D.V.M
Oklahoma State
Class of 2014

Eric Esser, D.V.M. Ross University  Class of 2014


Erik Esser, D.V.M.
Ross University
Class of 2014

Jordan Bemmekamp, D.V.M  Western College of Veterinary Medicine  Canada 2014


Jordan Bremmekamp, D.V.M
Western College of Veterinary Medicine
Canada 2014

2015-2016:

Alina Ali, D.V.M. Cornell University Class of 2015


Alina Ali, D.V.M.
Cornell University
Class of 2015

Spencer Godfrey, D.V.M. University of Florida Class of 2015


Spencer Godfrey, D.V.M.
University of Florida
Class of 2015

Sam Pulliam, D.V.M.Texas A&M UniversityClass of 2015


Sam Pulliam, D.V.M.
Texas A&M University
Class of 2015

Becky Simmons, D.V.M.St. Georges UniversityClass of 2015


Becky Simmons, D.V.M.
St. Georges University
Class of 2015

Bryan Weaver, D.V.M.Texas A&M UniversityClass of 2015


Bryan Weaver, D.V.M.
Texas A&M University
Class of 2015