Are you looking to…
- Build on classroom knowledge of equine nutrition and exercise physiology through hands-on experience?
- Gain a more thorough understanding of designing and conducting research trials?
- Meet and interact with equine nutritionists and other professionals in a research setting?
Look no further! It’s all possible with an internship at Kentucky Equine Research.
- The Kentucky Equine Research internship program offers the practical experience necessary to understand and implement research protocols.
- Imparts the skills necessary to assist in the everyday management of a large and busy research facility, often interfacing scientific design with practical solutions.
- Provides instruction on how to conduct standardized exercise tests on a high-speed treadmill, including data and sample collection.
- Exposes interns to basic laboratory equipment integral to research trials.
Summer (3-month): ~May-August depending on school schedules
Yearlong (12-18 month): ~June/July to June/July depending on school schedule and availability
|Duration||3 months (~May-August)||12-18 months (Summer-Summer)|
|Housing Provided||No||Yes; fully-furnished, includes internet and cable|
|Health Insurance Provided (Domestic)||No||No|
|Visa Application Cost for International Applicants||N/A||Partial coverage of cost; includes health insurance|
|Typical Applicant||Within Bachelor's Degree program (junior or senior)||Recently graduated with Bachelor's Degree|
|Applicant Location||Domestic (within U.S.)||Domestic (within U.S.) and International|
Internship Application Deadlines
Applications open: November 20, 2023
Summer Application Deadline: January 31, 2024
Summer Application Decision: No later than February 29, 2024
Yearlong Application Deadline: February 19, 2024
Yearlong Application Decision: No later than March 20, 2024
INTERNSHIP LOCATION: Kentucky Equine Research, Versailles, Kentucky, (18 miles southwest of Lexington, Kentucky).
FACILITY DESCRIPTION: Kentucky Equine Research, Inc. is an equine nutrition, research, and consultation company serving both the horse producer and the feed industry. Its goal is to advance the industry’s knowledge of equine nutrition and exercise physiology and apply this knowledge to produce healthier, more athletic horses. The cornerstone of Kentucky Equine Research is its 150-acre facility in central Kentucky where equine nutrition and exercise physiology experiments are conducted. This research center maintains Thoroughbred research horses and includes a high-speed treadmill, a six-horse free walker, and equipment necessary for detailed investigation of nutrient metabolism at rest and during exercise. A second research facility in Ocala, Florida, features a training track for Thoroughbred racehorses, so much of the research performed there involves horses in active training. All research conducted at the research farms and published by Kentucky Equine Research is designed to have direct application to the horse feed industry and relevant to current topics of interest in the scientific community.
- Provide routine health care and management of horses. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, cleaning stalls, ration preparation and feeding, conditioning horses on a treadmill and automatic walker, and monitoring the health, weight and condition of all horses. Physical labor and farm labor are integral duties of the internship program.
- Participate in the performance of standardized exercise tests on a high-speed treadmill, recording of data during experiments, and collection of samples during digestion trials and exercise trials.
- Learn the skills necessary to effectively implement research protocols, including troubleshooting problems as they occur and understanding factors that affect the outcomes of research studies.
- Become familiar with the operation of research equipment used in studies during the internship. This equipment may include indirect calorimeter equipment used to measure oxygen uptake and carbon dioxide production, polar heart rate monitors, centrifuge, blood gas analyzer, and in vitro system to measure gas production and digestibility.
- Meet and work with leading equine nutritionists.
- Become familiar with oversight and management of a horse herd and farm.
- Hours are variable, ranging from 40 to 60 hours per week, depending on the schedule of research experiments. The normal work week will be 6 days. However, during busy times, it may be required that interns work at least a few hours of a seventh day. Days off are not necessarily weekend days.
- Due to the nature of research projects, horse care, and farm management, set working hours are not always possible and some after-hours work must be expected.
- Every effort will be made to keep working hours reasonable and equally divided, however, applicants must be willing to be flexible with their work schedule.
- Good horse handling and care skills are fundamental in this position. Experience with equine husbandry, nutrition, and routine management of a horse farm.
- Experience and attention to detail are essential for basic laboratory skills.
Should be dependable, hard-working, able to learn by instruction and observation, organized, able to handle changing conditions and priorities, and sensitive to the detail and accuracy necessary for successful research.
- A willingness to get “dirty” as nutrition research and horse farm work are not glamorous jobs.
- Ability to work and live well with others in a diverse and changing work environment.
- Demonstrated ability to communicate well with others and be committed to working in a team setting.
- A strong interest in equine nutrition and research.
- Good working knowledge of computers, including Word and Excel.
- Must speak, read, and write English fluently.
- Must have completed at least 2 years of a bachelor of science degree (or equivalent degree) in animal or veterinary science (equine emphasis) and an above-average grade point average.
- Knowledge of basic horse handling and care is necessary for the safe handling of research animals, safety of coworkers, and effective implementation of experimental design.
Applications for our 2024 programs will open in November!
Please Refer Questions to:
Ashlee Hauss, Research Coordinator