Berry vet students complete internships at prestigious equine center

Hagyard Equine Medical Institute works closely with the thoroughbred racing industry.
Hagyard Equine Medical Institute works closely with the thoroughbred racing industry. | File photo

Four students from Berry College recently completed veterinary assistant internships at the prestigious Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington, Kentucky, a renowned facility in the field of equine medicine.

“The inaugural four from Berry College set the bar very high and represented Berry College well,” Dr. Ernest Martinez II said. “We're looking forward to bringing more Berry students to Lexington for our busy breeding season.”

Hagyard Equine Medical Institute works closely with the thoroughbred racing industry and is known for pushing the frontiers of veterinary knowledge, offering state-of-the-art treatments and surgeries. The Berry students – Erica Murphy, Jessie Cathcart, Cabe Sulhoff and Austin Wright – worked with mares and foals at the institute and with horses in critical condition in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

“I never thought I would be finding heart defects in neonatal foals and being a part of a team saving hemorrhaging mares and seizing foals in the spring of my freshman year,” Cathcart said. ”Administering treatments every two hours to 1,200-pound mares and untangling the fluid lines connected to their rambunctious foals was a challenge, but I learned so much from putting myself in this truly hands-on experience.”

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