DVM Internship

Stillwater Equine veterinary internship program was established in 2006. The practice currently offers 1-2 internships annually. The internship is intended to provide the intern with a foundation of knowledge and experience to enter private practice.

While in the hospital, the intern will work with Dr. Arnesen and will rotate through the surgery, medicine, and anesthesia services. Primary responsibilities will include diagnostics and care of hospital patients, emergency duty, anesthesia, radiology, and assisting with lameness exams, a variety of medical procedures and surgery.

On ambulatory, the intern will ride along with the four other doctors at the practice. The interns will assist and observe routine reproductive work, neonatal evaluation and medicine, basic lameness exams, radiology, and pre-purchase exams. They will also rotate emergency on-call duty.

For specific details on salary, benefits, and additional information, please see our internship program listing posted in Avenues on the American Association of Equine Practitioners website Internships are for one year and run from May to May. Applications are accepted until October 15th each year. Notification of acceptance is in late November.

To apply for the internship position, please send a resume, letter of intent, and 3 letters of reference to If you have any questions regarding this program, please direct your inquiry to Dr. John Engstrom at 651-770-6167.

Current Interns

  • Kristi Zettel 2019-2020

  • Claire Brownstone 2019-2020

Past Interns:

  • Samantha Lucchesi 2018-2019

  • Brookelle Christman 2018-2019

  • Kristina Delaney 2017-2018

  • Kelsey Jurek 2017-2018

  • Jill Deets 2016-2017

  • Caitlin Ramaiker 2016-2017

  • Alisa Stejskal 2015-2016

  • Laura Critchett 2015-2016

  • Karrie Kasperbauer 2014-2015

  • Kirsten Hiles 2014-2015

  • Helga Midelfort-Vognar 2013-2014

  • Kara Theis 2013-2014

  • Michelle Wiberg 2012-2013

  • Megan O’Connell 2011-2012

  • Ava Redig 2010-2011

  • Genevieve Bergman 2010-2011

  • Gretchen Geib 2009-2010

  • Stacie Seymour 2008-2009

  • Stacy Bethke 2007-2008

  • Maria Krenz 2006-2007

Student Externships

Veterinary Student Externships

Stillwater Equine offers to veterinary students an externship program that provides a clinical experience to satisfy the externship requirements for their degree. As a private clinic the amount of actual “hands-on” experience is somewhat limited. However, there is an enormous amount of information to be gained by observation and exposure to our heavy caseload. Clinicians, interns and technicians make every effort to explain hospital cases and procedures whenever possible. Externs work with Dr. Arnesen or the four other ambulatory practitioners on a rotational basis. Externs have the opportunity to observe surgery, anesthesiology, internal medicine, lameness, ophthalmology and reproduction.

To request an externship or for additional information, please contact us at 651-770-6167 or by e-mail at

Veterinary Technician Externship

Stillwater Equine offers an externship program for students enrolled in accredited Veterinary Technician curriculum. The program is designed to provide students an off campus experience under the supervision of a licensed veterinary technician. A period of clinical experience introduces the veterinary technician student to the various daily activities of an equine veterinary technician in the workplace. Students rotate through all areas of the hospital including radiology, surgery, medicine, reproduction, laboratory and ambulatory practice. Time frames are arranged on an individual basis to fit each student's needs and schedules.

The externship is mainly observation based with hands on experience when the situation permits. Faculty from the respective colleges monitor the clinical affiliation via phone or visits throughout the program.

If you are interested in an externship please contact the clinic at (651) 770-6167 or by e-mail at