Spy Coast Farm – Rehabilitation and Reproduction One Year Veterinary Associate Position with Sport Horses and Thoroughbreds in Kentucky


Job Type: Veterinarian

Work Type: Equine Only

Business Name: Spy Coast Farm

City: Lexington

State: Kentucky

Start Date: 2024-05-15

Contact Name: Kristen Wilson

Contact Email: [email protected]

Contact Phone: (859) 280-3063

Spy Coast Farm is a private facility that specializes in the breeding and development of top-quality performance horses on 800 acres in Lexington, KY adjacent to the Kentucky Horse Park. We are looking for an enthusiastic and energetic equine veterinarian to join our team for a one-year position and work directly with our two resident veterinarians, Modesty Burleson, VMD, COO and Julie Vargas, DVM.
Veterinary Associate Benefits:

– Base salary commensurate with experience ($60,000-85,000/year)
– Private housing provided on the farm
– 15 days paid time-off
– Health Insurance 100% Employer paid for employee, spouse, and immediate family; includes eye and dental
– AVMA PLIT insurance paid for by employer
– Phone stipend and gas paid for personal vehicle
– NO Non-compete

Program Description:
The associate veterinarian will assist with preventative herd health and routine care on approximately 300 resident horses boarded at Spy Coast Farm. This will include neonatal examinations and care, lameness evaluations, diagnostic imaging including radiographs and ultrasound, routine dental examinations, castrations, and on call emergency services.
The Spy Coast Farm Reproduction Center is managed by Dr. Modesty Burleson. This includes mares, weanlings, yearlings, up through two-year olds, the Stallion Station, and the CEM Quarantine Facility. The farm breeds approximately 50-80 mares/year via artificial insemination with both fresh cooled and frozen semen and foals 40-50 foals/year. There is a laboratory on site to perform advanced reproductive techniques including embryo transfer and follicle aspirations for ICSI. The Stallion Station stands 10-12 warmblood stallions to collect commercially for fresh cooled semen shipments throughout the USA and Canada. Spy Coast Farm advertises and markets both fresh and frozen semen internationally for clients. The farm offers commercial import quarantine services for mares and stallions for Contagious Equine Metritis and USDA export quarantine services. The associate will assist with testing and treatment protocols on various breeds of imported horses from all over the world.

Dr. Julie Vargas oversees the Spy Coast Farm Rehabilitation and Fitness Center and performs all of the sports medicine and lameness diagnostics at the Young Horse Training Center. The rehabilitation facility is a state-of-the-art referral center, where specialized staff, overseen by Dr. Vargas, works with each horse’s primary veterinarian to customize an appropriate rehabilitation program. Rehabilitation cases range from soft tissue injuries to post-surgical layups, fractures, and neurologic cases. Additionally, ship-in services are frequented by yearling sales prep and fitness for competing horses. The associate will gain experience with varying regenerative therapies including stem cells, PRP, Prostride, A2M, and IRAP. The associate will have the opportunity to use therapeutic and treatment modalities including Cold Water Spa, Aqua-Treadmill, dry treadmill, Regenerative Laser Therapy, PEMF, Cold Laser, Equinosis Lameness Locator, and Shockwave therapy. They may also assist with alternative therapies including Acupuncture and Chiropractic treatments.

The Spy Coast Farm Equine Education Center is a world class teaching facility built specifically for the equine industry. Our associate will have the opportunity to participate and attend numerous continuing education lectures including AAEP 360 seminars, International Society of Equine Locomotor Pathology (ISELP) Modules, University of Kentucky Gluck Equine Research programming, and many other equine education programs. There are also opportunities to participate in research projects in various departments of the farm.

Approximately one third of the associates time will be spent working with Dr. Modesty Burleson at Burleson Farms, a commercial Thoroughbred breeding and sales facility located in Midway, KY. The farm breeds over 100 mares/year and foals approximately 60 foals/year. The associate will assist with breeding, neonatal care, preventative and routine care, lameness evaluations, radiographs, and emergency services as needed. There will be opportunities to assist at Thoroughbred Sales including Fasig-Tipton and Keeneland Sales.

Requirements for Application:

– Must have valid veterinary license to practice in the state of Kentucky.
– Must have completed an equine veterinary internship or have 2-3 years of equine experience.
– Must have a valid driver’s license and provide own vehicle; gas will be provided
– Please submit a letter of intent, curriculum vitae, and 3 letters of recommendation

If interested, please contact Dr.Modesty Burleson at [email protected].

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