FARMS Internship Program

Food Animal Reproduction and Medicine Service Internship Program

The UF Veterinary Hospitals (UFVH) and the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences offer a 1-year Internship program in the Food Animal Reproduction and Medicine Service (FARMS).


The objective of the program is to train graduate veterinarians for careers in preventive food animal medicine. This is achieved through development of clinical skills and judgement through supervised field experience and participation in clinic rounds and seminars.


  • Graduation from an accredited college of veterinary medicine.
  • One year of practice experience in food animal medicine is desirable.

Goals of the Internship Program

The program is designed to provide a broad-based knowledge of the fundamentals of food animal medicine including the following:

  • Nutrition
  • Reproduction programs
  • Neonate survival
  • Parasite control
  • Infectious disease control
  • Toxicosis prevention
  • Mastitis control
  • Foot health
  • Necropsy/Pathology
  • Drug residue prevention
  • Therapeutics
  • Herd health concepts

Academic Requirements

One clinical case report in a format acceptable for publication in a refereed or clinical journal. Interns are required to attend all possible lectures in the Preventive Medicine Course. The intern must keep a log of preventive medicine procedures and analysis of given production – management system (covering a full year).

Independent study will be encouraged. The intern will be instructed to review the more common professional journals. Assistance will be offered in the form of providing limited copying service and access to reprint files and textbooks of the FARMS faculty. The intern will be familiarized with the University library system and the College of Veterinary Medicine Reading Room.

The intern will be encouraged to participate in on-going research projects.

Clinic Duties

Interns are appointed to the UF Veterinary Hospitals (UFVH) for 90% of their time while 10% is allocated for professional development. Approximately 3-4 days per week interns will be assigned duty with contract herds, one day per week emergency duty and time for professional development. Interns will be supervised by senior clinicians when visiting herds for scheduled herd health programs. Interns will be responsible for assisting clinicians and residents in organizing routine herd visits, communication with clients via telephone and record keeping.

Continuing Education

Interns are encouraged to participate in and contribute to continuing education programs sponsored by the College and State Veterinary Medical Association.

Emergency Duty

Interns are expected to rotate on emergency duty one day per week, and share weekend and night duty with the FARMS clinical staff. This will be once every 4 to 5 weeks. A senior clinician or resident will accompany the intern on emergency duty during the probationary period. Students will be assigned for night and weekend emergency duty. Clinicians and residents, when on duty, will be responsible for their supervision.

Specialty Rotations

Interns have the opportunity to take 2 weeks rotations within the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences. The rotations should be directed at topics that will help the intern fulfull their program goals.


  • Participate in case rounds.
  • Attend college seminars.
  • Attend Necropsy rounds.