The MagicEquus team is very sad to announce that due to the current Covid-19 pandemic,
all our internships are cancelled until further notice.
A worldwide unique program designed by vets for future vets.
Are you looking for an internship that will help you:
Gain insight and experience in real life veterinary work?
Develop professional competencies important to your success as a future vet?
Improve your curriculum to stand out from the crowd in this highly competitive field?
If any of the above questions apply to you, the MagicEquus® Immersion Program is YOUR internship!
Program characteristics and duration:
The MagicEquus® Immersion Program (MIP) is a full immersion, hands on veterinary internship, specifically created for pre-veterinary and veterinary students.
Our program is unlike any other:
90% of the program: 1&1 mentorships with experienced vets.
10% of the program: group seminars, demonstrations, case presentations and discussions. Maximum 4 students per group.
Rotation through 3 mayor veterinary fields (modules):
equine medicine (including among others field surgery, nutrition, preventive medicine, applied genetics and reproduction),
animal behavior and welfare,
cattle (beef and dairy) and small ruminant medicine.
9 full days of 1&1 mentorships with veterinary specialists divided in:
3 full days 1&1 mentorship with a vet specialized in equine practice,
3 full days 1&1 mentorship with a vet specialized in animal behavior and welfare,
3 full days 1&1 mentorship with a vet specialized in bovine and small ruminant practice.
Program duration: choose between our two options:
MIP 2 week intensive program: total contact time: min. 80 hours (8 hours daily) including 9 full days of 1&1 of mentorships.
MIP 4 week intensive program: total contact time: min. 160 contact hours (8 hours daily) including 18 full days of 1&1 mentorships.
Warning: mentorships are real field work, you accompany and assist your veterinary mentor throughout his/her entire work day. Depending on the case load of the day, total hours can often go well beyond 8 hours per day. If you want to experience real vet life and learn a lot, you are at the right place! If you are not ready to work hard to achieve your dreams, don’t choose MIP.
Species you will be working with: large horses, ponies and miniature horses, beef and dairy cattle, dogs and occasionally small ruminants (sheep and goats).
For pre-vet students: this internship helps you gain the experience, knowledge and personal growth to stand out from the crowd to be successful in the highly competitive process of getting accepted to veterinary school.
For vet-students: this internship can be used to fulfill your vet school´s requirements for practical training hours, while simultaneously acquiring important skills and insights towards your professional life.
All MIP instructors are fully licensed veterinarians with teaching experience. Teaching language is English. No Spanish language knowledge is required.
In addition to teaching the scientific and clinical aspect of veterinary work, the MagicEquus® Internship Program also places great emphasis on the importance of the veterinarian´s role in human society. As such, all MIP students actively participate in the work of the onsite MagicEquus® Miniature Therapy Horse Training Center. A worldwide unique center where miniature horses are bred, selected and trained for working in horse assisted therapies for disabled kids/adults, autistic children, senior citizen enrichment programs, horse facilitated learning programs etc. MIP students will assist in the vet care, selection, specialized daily training and work sessions of therapy horses, thereby making an essential contribution to the highly valuable work that these therapy horses will do for society.
MIP internships take place in Asturias, Northern Spain, the so called green paradise of Spain. The nearest airport is the International Asturias Airport (OVD).
MIP is an intensive program. It´s all about learning and growing as a person and future professional, while having tons of fun as well! All MIP program activities take place from Monday till Friday. On Saturdays you enjoy amazing group trips where we explore wild Asturias: from canoeing down the famous Sella river, hiking in the natural reserve of the Picos de Europa to descending into the stunning subterraneous caves of the Asturias mountains, adventure is guaranteed!
Sundays are free for you to enjoy as you wish: sleep in and just relax at the MagicEquus® farm enjoying the miniature horses, go down to the beach or if you want to have even more action, having fun with some of the many additional recreational opportunities available such as: surfing, kayaking, climbing, hiking, horse riding, beach trips, swimming, city trips, etc.
MIP 2 week intensive program: 3300 €
Early bird fee for the 2 week program: 2600 €. Valid for all sessions in 2021. Applications must have been received prior to Aug. 1, 2020.
MIP 4 week intensive program: Combine two sessions of the MIP 2 week intensive program and get a month long amazing learning experience for 5900 €. You will earn more then 160 hours of veterinary experience while also making the most of your travel bucks!
MagicEquus® merit scholarships:
We offer a limited number of €500 merit scholarships applied towards MIP tuition. The MIP merit awarding process is very competitive. We are looking for well rounded high achieving students, truly committed to becoming great future vets! Although grades do of course matter, other aspects of your studies and curriculum are equally important to us.
Scholarship application requirements:
- Students must be enrolled and in good academic standing in an accredited college or university program.
- Students must be a member of the APVMA or be an active member of their pre-vet club.
In addition to the documents required for the MIP application, students applying for a MagicEquus® merit scholarship must submit:
- One letter of recommendation from a professor or veterinary employer.
- A cover letter describing your current career goals, how the MIP will help you achieve these goals, past veterinary experiences, extracurricular activities and any special abilities and personal circumstances you would like us to know.
Scholarship deadline: March 1, 2020
It is important to note, that our Scholarship Committee starts reviewing candidates and awarding scholarships in early January 2020 and decisions are made weekly on a rolling basis. Therefore, if you would like to increase your chances for a merit scholarship, it is in your best interest to apply early.
Our internship fee includes:
Full individualized training, mentorships and course material.
Experienced English speaking staff available to support you 24/7.
Breakfast and dinner. Lunch is also included on mentorship days taking place onsite and weekends.
Comfortable accommodation in fully equipped apartment in individual bedrooms throughout the duration of the program.
Free use of laundry room. Free use of fully equipped kitchen.
Internship field trips. Saturday´s recreational activities and group excursions.
Certificate of program completion.
Upon successful program completion, a recommendation letter for your vet school application can be requested.
Our internship fee excludes:
Flights and visa fees.
Mandatory medical insurance.
Lunch during the off-site equine and bovine mentorship days (3 days each).
Optional non-internship recreational activities on Sundays.
Snacks and personal expenses.
Candidates must be at least 18 years of age at the time of application.
Once admitted and prior to the start of the program, submitting written proof of health insurance is mandatory.
Previous experience with horses is not required.
All students will be required to sign a liability release to be on MagicEquus® premises.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis - allowing you to apply anytime. For all candidates meeting MIP admission criteria, spaces are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. In addition, spaces available are very limited. Therefore, in order to increase your likelihood of securing a seat in case you are accepted, we strongly encourage you to send us your application as early as possible.
How to apply:
- Fill out our online application form and pay the one time 45 € online application fee.
- As soon as we have received your complete application (including application fee and above listed documents), your application request will be evaluated. You will receive an e-mail notification confirming the receipt of your application.
- In no more then 7 days after receiving your admission request, we will notify you via e-mail whether you have been accepted to our program.
- Once accepted, in order to reserve your space we require you to either pay a 900 € deposit or if you prefer your full tuition right away. Please note that any bank transaction fees must be covered by you. Full program payments should be made via bank transfer as stated on the invoice you will receive upon admission, or alternatively via PayPal.
- Please note that your space in the program is not held until your deposit is paid.
- For those that choose to pay a deposit first rather then paying right away in full, full payment of the remaining program fee (the total fee minus the deposit) is due the latest 14 days prior to program commencement.
- Upon acceptance to our program, you will receive via e-mail a welcoming package with all the information you need in order to book your flights and prepare your trip.