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Littleton Equine Medical Center


Equine medicine and surgical referral facility with emphasis on lameness and primary care ambulatory practice. Clientele consist of Hunter/Jumpers, Dressage, Pleasure, Western Performance and Rodeo horses, Arabians, small breeding farms.
Types of Cases (estimated % by system or categories): 30% Surgical (40% soft tissue and 60% orthopedic), 40% Lameness, 25 % ambulatory, 5% medicine (60% ambulatory, 40% clinic).

Goals of Externship: To provide students with the exposure to a large equine referral and ambulatory private practice with emphasis on quality care and service. To provide an introduction for prospective intern applicants to our clinic. (emphasis on observation and discussion)

Externs are invited to participate in our case discussions held every Monday morning starting at 6:30am, rounds every Wednesday at 7am and Journal Club each Friday at 7am. Externs will be assigned to a different doctor each weekday. Exposure to fieldwork will include routine health care, acute lameness exams, reproductive work, dentistry work, medicine, lacerations, and colic workups. While assigned in the clinic, externs will become familiar with surgical procedures, radiology, ultrasound, endoscope and MRI. During the day, emphasis will be on observation and discussion. Externs are expected to share the load of night treatments with the ICU technicians and will be available for emergency weekend duty with the intern on call.

Application for Externship: Letter of intent with first through third choice dates of visitation, copy of medical insurance card, driver's license, and a current photo of yourself, AVMA PLIT insurance is required. 


Associate Veterinarians and special expertise available

  • C. Vail, DVM
  • T.D. Swanson, DVM
  • K. Tisher, DVM
  • S. Toppin, DVM, Dipl. ABVP
  • M. Beeman, DVM
  • L. Toll, DVM
  • M. Story, DVM, Dipl. ACVS
  • K. Unger, DVM
  • R. Streeter, DVM
  • J. Dunbar, DVM
  • E. Gaughan, DVM, Dipl. ACVS

Educational Resources

Each extern is assigned to a veterinarian for the day to see ambulatory calls as well as in house cases; weekly Monday morning meeting case discussions; hospital rounds.


Externs share night treatments with technicians; weekend availability for emergency duty with intern on call is shared amongst externs.

Student Supervision

approx. 7 days per week and approx. 8 hours per day


Yes, 3 large bedrooms above the clinic with two beds respectively, kitchen facilities, laundry facilities, bedding provided, towels needed .

Practice Information

Littleton Equine Medical Center
8025 S. Santa Fe Dr.
Littleton, CO 80120

Ph: 303-794-6359
Fax: 303-794-9466


Updated: 8/10/09
Signature on file: Dawn Ermish

Littleton CO
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