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

Erica Bono, DVM

Originally, from Clarkston, Michigan, Dr. Erica Bono received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Oakland University. She then received her DVM from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Bono wanted to be immersed in equine medicine for her internship year and knew Kentucky would be the perfect place for that. She completed an externship during her clinical year of veterinary school at Park Equine Hospital and loved the environment and how well everyone at the hospital worked together.

Dr. Bono’s favorite part about her job is how rewarding it is. She says there is nothing like seeing horses get better and knowing you played a significant part in it.

In her free time, Dr. Bono enjoys riding her horse, Lewie and spending time outdoors with her dog, Remi. She also loves to travel and spend time with family.

Rebecca Gabriel, DVM

Originally, from St. Johns, Michigan, Dr. Rebecca Gabriel received her undergraduate degree from Michigan State University. She then received her DVM from Lincoln Memorial University.

Dr. Gabriel chose to do her internship at Park Equine Hospital because of the wide variety of cases and clients Park Equine Hospital has the privilege of seeing.

Her favorite part about her job is sending horses home, and seeing the look on the clients face when their horse is happy, healthy, and ready to go home.

In her spare time, Dr. Gabriel enjoys riding her horse, Elton, going to concerts and trying new restaurants and recipes.

Mariah Pearson, DVM

Originally, from Western Kentucky, Dr. Mariah Pearson received her bachelors of science in agriculture and her masters of agriculture at Auburn University. She then attended Lincoln Memorial University for her DVM.

Practicing equine medicine has always been a dream of Dr. Pearson’s and there is no better place to do that than in Lexington, Kentucky. Dr. Pearson knew she wanted to be a part of a practice that had a family type atmosphere. She feels that the employees at Park Equine Hospital treat each other with respect and more importantly make their clients feel that way as well.

Dr. Pearson’s favorite part of veterinary medicine is seeing the difference that is made in not only the animal’s life, but their owners as well. Having the ability to help bring comfort and clarity to the cases she sees means the world to Dr. Pearson.

In her spare time, Dr. Pearson enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She also likes to go horseback riding, travel, hiking with her Australian cattle dog, Oakley, cook new recipes and watch UK basketball and Auburn football.

Julie White, DVM

Originally, from Kingsport, Tennessee, Dr. Julie White attended Lincoln Memorial University for her undergraduate studies in veterinary health sciences. She then attended Lincoln Memorial University-College of Veterinary Medicine for her DVM/MBA.

Dr. White says she was drawn to Park Equine Hospital because of the amazing doctors and staff, who make everyone feel welcome, and the varied types of cases the hospital brings in.

Dr. White’s favorite part of her job is working up medical cases and seeing patients get better over time. She also loves cuddling the newborn foals!

In her spare time, Dr. White enjoys spending time with her dog, Jake, reading, and photography.