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Internship Program

Program Goals

Our goal is to provide interns with a well-rounded experience, using a hands-on approach. Mentoring is focused not only on clinical skills but also on client communication. The intern will spend time with all of our veterinarians in order to be exposed to a true variety of cases. After the intern has become comfortable with primary care and emergency medicine, there will be ample opportunity to develop personal interests. Upon completion of the internship, the candidate will be proficient in most aspects of equine practice. 


The caseload at OSEA will provide an intern with a wide range of experiences, and allow time for in-depth study of related topics. The staff and veterinarians at OSEA take pride in providing excellent care and hold ourselves to the highest ethical standards. We are a tight knit group and value our collegial, friendly atmosphere.

About Us

Ocean State Equine Associates is a progressive veterinary practice that focuses on high end diagnostics and treatment modalities. OSEA serves a diverse population of patients, ranging from the competitive sport horse to the beloved pet. We provide ambulatory services to all of Rhode Island, eastern Connecticut, and the surrounding Massachusetts areas. As one of the largest practices in southern New England, we provide ambulatory, outpatient and surgical services for approximately 5,000 cases per year.

Construction on our new hospital is underway and we plan to be moved in early 2017. The new facility features include:

•Surgery room and 2 induction/recovery stalls

•10 in-patient stalls

•2 intensive care stalls

•intern veterinarian housing on property

•indoor and outdoor arenas featuring GGT footing

•3 exam rooms

•5 turnout paddocks

•USDA import quarantine facility

•EuroXcisor for physical therapy



•preventative/wellness care
•sport horse medicine
•emergency medicine
•prepurchase exams
•internal medicine
•soft tissue & orthopedic elective surgery
•USDA CEM quarantine

Ocean State Equine Associates offers two internship positions annually to veterinary graduates (DVM or equivalent) from accredited veterinary schools. For more information see our ad on the AAEP Avenues Website, contact Dr. Hollie Stillwell at or call (401) 766-6578.

Equine Externships

Ocean State Equine Associates offers veterinary externships to students currently enrolled in veterinary school or veterinary technician programs. A minimum of one week externship is preferred prior to application for the internship. Externship housing is provided. For more information, please contact Dr. Hollie Stillwell at