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Are you interested in an Externship with Tryon Equine Hospital?

Type of Practice: Tryon Equine Hospital is an equine lameness, medicine and surgical referral and ambulatory practice. Our practice has the privilege of treating a wide variety of horse breeds as well as camelids and small ruminants. Horses are our primary clientele.

Facilities: The hospital has a surgical suite, pharmacy and lab, radiology and breeding shed, 12 stalls and one arena. There are four fully equipped ambulatory vehicles.

Names of Veterinarians in Practice:

  • Anne Baskett, D.V.M., Diplomate A.C.V.S. – Practice Owner
  • Bill Hay, D.V.M., Diplomate A.C.V.S. – Practice Owner
  • Rich Metcalf, D.V. M. – Practice Owner
  • Emilie Setlakwe, D.V.M., MSc., Diplomate A.C.V.I.M.
  • Rachel Stellini, D.V.M. 
  • Meghan Breen, D.V.M.

Case Load: Our veterinarians see a wide variety of medical and surgical cases. Our ambulatory case load is approximately 1,600 + horses per year. Our hospital case load (out patient and hospitalized patients) is approximately 2,500 + horses per year. Our clinic is open 24 hours, 7 days a week for referral and ambulatory emergencies in addition to non-emergency drop-offs. Regularly scheduled appointments occur between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Many elective surgeries will be scheduled for Monday - Thursday mornings. All hospitalized patients will receive diagnostics and other treatments each morning. Finally, ambulatory calls are then scheduled throughout the day, Monday through Friday.

Externship Program: We are pleased to offer externships throughout the year. For more information, please contact our office at (828) 894-6065 or via e-mail at

Philosophy of Practice’s Externship: Tryon Equine Hospital is dedicated to providing high quality and compassionate medical and surgical care for our client’s horses. Our externs must be able to work as part of our team as well as work independently. We feel our externship positions will provide you with thorough insight into and hands-on experience in a clinic setting, thereby, providing a solid foundation for future education and career development.

Prerequisites for an Externship Applicant: All prospective externs must be at least 18 years of age or older.

Overview of Externship Duties: Your level of experience and training will dictate your responsibilities and opportunities for hands-on work. These levels will be evaluated and outlined on an individual basis by the Barn Manager and Doctor on duty. During your stay, you will be scheduled on in-house, surgery, and ambulatory cases.


"Tryon Equine is a great place to come and learn. The doctors believe in practicing high-quality medicine and great personal service to clients. Everyone was extremely friendly and were excellent teachers. I'd recommend Tryon Equine to anyone."

-Kevin Claunch, Class of 2010 Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine