Internships & Externships
Park Equine Hospital offers a variety of undergraduate and post graduate programs, including internships, externships, preceptors, and exchange students. Internships are offered to recent graduates who are licensed to practice veterinary medicine in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and are looking to gain hands on experience. Externships, preceptors, and exchange student programs are offered to veterinary students who are looking for an educational experience under the supervision of practicing veterinarians.

Please direct Internship Program inquires to

Sarah Grigoleit, DVM

Dr. Sarah Grigoleit grew up in Rochester, Minnesota. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Equine Science at Colorado State University in 2009. Following graduation, she moved to Lexington, Kentucky, to work in the Thoroughbred industry. After several years of working in a variety of positions Dr. Grigoleit was encouraged to go back to school and earned her DVM from Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee. She admits to being incurably addicted to horse racing in particular but loves the horse in all its forms. Dr. Grigoleit has a special interest in sports medicine, lameness, and diagnostic imaging. She lives in Lexington with her husband, step-daughter, 1 dog, 2 cats, and a horse. In her spare time she enjoys being outside, running with her dog, riding her horse, and spending time with her family.

Elisabeth Schmidt, DVM

Dr. Elisabeth Schmidt graduated from the University of Leipzig in Germany with her DVM. She also completed her externship at Park Equine Hospital last year. Dr. Schmidt’s interest is internal medicine, but she is looking forward to getting an overview in all areas during her internship. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling the world, playing beach volleyball, salsa dancing and photography.

Payge Fleming, DVM

Dr. Payge Fleming grew up in Northern California and completed her undergraduate at UC Davis. Fleming realized she wanted to become a veterinarian while she was working with some difficult and unusual equine cases during her undergraduate career. She knew she wanted to have the skills and knowledge to not only help the animals get better, but also to solve the mystery of what was going wrong with them. Dr. Fleming took a year off before veterinary school. During that time, she traveled, completed a research project, and was part of the Kentucky equine management internship program. Dr. Fleming then moved to Kansas for veterinary school at Kansas State University. Her favorite part about being a veterinarian is getting to watch the animals improve and recover that come in very sick. Seeing them walk out of the hospital and doing well is incredibly rewarding to her. Dr. Fleming’s passion is equine sports medicine and regenerative medicine. In her spare time she enjoys riding her horse, Colt, running with her dog, Barley and traveling.

Samantha Eder, DVM

Dr. Samantha Eder attended Mississippi State University for her undergraduate. She then went to Auburn University where she obtained her DVM. During school Dr. Eder worked as an equine tech assistant in the large animal hospital, and then as a student resident during her clinical year. Her favorite part about being a veterinarian is being able to help the animals, as well as their owners. Dr. Eder plans to go into general practice following her internship. She has special interests in preventative care, internal medicine, and lameness. In her spare time, Dr. Eder enjoys reading, riding, and spending time with her cat, Cecil.

Samantha Eichelberger, DVM

Dr. Samantha Eichelberger grew up in Allentown, Pennsylvania and went to Indiana University of Pennsylvania where she received her Bachelor of Science in Biology. She took two years off before veterinary school and worked as a lab tech in a neuroscience research laboratory. Dr. Eichelberger then went to Ohio State University for veterinary school. She plans to go into ambulatory general practice after her internship and her interests are ophthalmology, neonatal care and general practice medicine. In her spare time, Dr. Eichelberger enjoys working out, spending time with her dog, Scruffy, family and friends. During her internship, Dr. Eichelberger is most looking forward to the variety of clinical cases, and being around the veterinarians and staff to develop her skills and knowledge base as a new veterinarian.