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The CSU Equine Reproduction Laboratory offers a unique Equine Breeding Farm Internship Program. The program provides advanced training in equine breeding farm procedures and management for individuals with a sincere desire to pursue a career in the equine breeding industry. Applicants should have completed a BS in Equine Sciences, Animal Sciences, or related discipline. This is a one-year, non-degree program. Application materials must be received by October 15 to be fully considered for the position starting January 1 and by April 15 to be fully considered for the position starting July 1.
Equine Breeding Farm Internships

 

 Internship Contact

 
​ERL Internship Coordinator
Equine Reproduction Lab
1693 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO  80523-1693
(970) 491-8626
ERL Internship Coordinator
 

 Internship Information

 

Interns participate in a one-year, non-degree, program beginning on January 1 and finishing on December 31 or starting July 1 and finishing on June 30 of the following year. Applicants should have completed a BS in Equine Sciences, Animal Sciences, or related discipline. A certificate of achievement is provided upon successful completion of the program. Job placement assistance will be available upon request. A salary will be provided and interns will live in an apartment on-site at the Equine Reproduction Laboratory on the Foothills Campus of Colorado State University.  Rent is required as with all on-campus housing.

Equine Reproductive Training

Stallion

  • Stallion handling

  • Stallion management

  • Semen collection

  • Preparation of cooled-transported semen

  • Semen evaluation

  • Semen freezing principles

Mare

  • Hormone therapy

  • Reproductive management of mares

  • Artificial insemination

  • Care of the pregnant mare and foaling

  • Embryo transfer (assist)

  • Care of the newborn foal

  • Oocyte transfer (assist)

  • Herd health management

Responsibilities of Interns

Interns will be responsible for the following (at a minimum) and may be assigned other duties.

  1. Assistance with the Clinical Equine Reproduction Program (horse handling, herd health management, record keeping, etc)
  2. Assistance with general laboratory functions (including autoclaving, equipment cleaning, laundry, reception, etc)
  3. Participation in foal watch and foaling (provide back-up and assistance to students in the Foaling Management class)
  4. After-hours help with artificial inseminations, embryo transfer and horse arrivals/departures (rotate with or provide back-up to graduate students)
  5. Weekend on call (after-hours availability every other weekend for each intern)
  6. Night barn checks (i.e. monitor client-owned horses)
  7. Evening security check (i.e. gates shut and locked; facility doors locked) 

How to Apply

Send:

  1. Cover letter outlining previous equine experience, educational background and career goals,
  2. Current resume,
  3. Transcripts,
  4. Three (3) letters of recommendation

To:
ERL Internship Coordinator
CSU Equine Reproduction Laboratory
1693 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1693

Application materials should be received by October 15 for consideration for the position beginning January 1, and by April 15 for the position beginning July 15 for consideration for the position beginning January 1, and by April 15 for the position beginning July 1.

Colorado State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

Colorado State University is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Background checks may include, but are not limited to, criminal history, national sex offender search and motor vehicle history.