Dr. Hiekel grew up in a small town in Southern Germany, and her love for horses began at a very young age. She started riding Icelandic horses and switched later to western riding and coaching young riders and horses.
Prior to vet school she decided first to complete her one year federal volunteer service as a paramedic.
After that her strong interest in medicine accompanied by her passion for animals led her to begin her studies in veterinary medicine at the Justus Liebig University in Giessen, Germany, where she graduated with Distinction in March 2020. In her clinical year of study, she had the opportunity to spend one month at Moore Equine, and the Rocky Mountains and the veterinarian work in Canada drew her back for her internship.
Dr. Hiekels primary interests include equine surgery, emergency medicine and lameness. In her free time, she enjoys hiking in the mountains and riding at any opportunity.
Dr. Victoria Duggan was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia but has lived in Ontario for most of her adult life. Her love for animals began at a very young age. Growing up she worked in stables where she learned to care for horses. She then went on to compete as a hunter / jumper rider until she began vet school. She has a Bachelor of Science from Wilfred Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario and received her veterinary degree from the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph. During vet school Victoria worked on a warmblood breeding farm and veterinary hospital where she was able to reconnect with riding and grow her passion for breeding, foal work and equestrian sport. She graduated from vet school in April of 2020 and soon after began her internship at Moore Equine. Dr. Duggan had the opportunity to spend 2 weeks as an extern at the clinic where she learned that Moore Equine was just what she wanted for her internship. Her primary interests include equine lameness, sports medicine, and surgery. She enjoys hiking in the mountains with her yellow lab Winston, traveling and riding at any opportunity she can get.
Veterinary Intern Position
Moore Equine is a busy private practice that offers a broad range of experiences for interns. We provide general veterinary medicine services on both an ambulatory and in-hospital basis, as well as a referral center equipped for the full spectrum of surgical and medical care. We have advanced imaging capabilities, including a Hallmarq MRI, and a nuclear scintigraphy machine. We have 15 full time veterinarians (as well as 3 part time), and we have board certified specialists in surgery, reproduction, sport medicine and rehab, internal medicine and equine practice (ABVP). We also have veterinarians certified in acupuncture, dentistry and chiropractic treatments. Our case load is 97% equine, with the rare bovine, small ruminant or camelid case. Each year we take five interns, and the internship program is just over a year in length (June 15th to June 30th of the following year).
Philosophy of the internship
The internship program aims to provide a broad exposure to equine practice. As Moore Equine is a busy practice, our interns are the heart of the practice and are vital to providing excellent veterinary care. We provide interns with a nurturing, supportive and challenging environment that will allow them to advance their veterinary skills and build confidence. It is our aim that upon completion of the internship they will be very skilled equine practitioners and will be excellent candidates for residency application if desired.
Our interns rotate through surgery, medicine, anaesthesia/lameness, ambulatory and night shift on a weekly schedule. Interns assist the veterinarians in appointments, surgeries and emergencies. Interns are assigned to in hospital cases, with monitoring and care of these patients as a high priority. Interns receive training in anaesthesia, and then during the year rotate through with the technicians to cover after-hours emergencies. Once trained in anesthesia the focus of the weekly anesthesia rotation is shifted to lameness and other appointments. There is the opportunity for interns to spend time at the reproductive centre with the board certified veterinarian there if desired. Within the first few months interns have gained enough experience that they can start taking in day time emergencies on their own with a veterinarian as a back-up. Interns are responsible for night time treatment of in hospital cases on their nights on call. Stall rounds and journal/topic rounds are aimed to increase intern’s knowledge base. The internship is affiliated with the University of Calgary and thus interns attend grand rounds (once a month), assist with teaching labs (4 times in the year), and have the opportunity to do a research project. Our interns do work long hard hours, but have an exceptional opportunity to be involved in all facets of equine practice.
If you are interested in the internship program we encourage you to come for an externship during your 4th year of veterinary school to give us a chance to meet you and for you to see the practice. To apply for the internship, please submit the following items to Dr. Jennifer Fowlie via email Internship@MooreEquine.ca or mail to 260048A Writing Creek Crescent, Rocky View County, AB, Canada T4A 0M9:
– A letter of intent
– A curriculum vitae
– Three letters of reference
– Veterinary school transcripts
We will accept applications until October 15th for the following year, at which time we will make decisions and contact applicants. Please don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Jennifer Fowlie Internship@MooreEquine.ca or (403) 226-2585 if you have any further questions. Please also see the internship brochure below for further information.
Veterinary Extern Position
Moore Equine is a busy private practice that offers a broad range of experiences for externs. We provide general veterinary medicine services on both an ambulatory and in-hospital basis, as well as a referral center equipped for the full spectrum of surgical and medical care. We have advanced imaging capabilities, including a Hallmarq MRI, and a nuclear scintigraphy machine. We have 15 full time veterinarians (as well as 3 part time), and we have board certified specialists in surgery, reproduction, sport medicine and rehab, internal medicine and equine practice (ABVP). We also have veterinarians certified in acupuncture, dentistry and chiropractic treatments. Our case load is 97% equine, with the rare bovine, small ruminant or camelid case. Throughout the year we take veterinary students for 2-4 week long externships.
Philosophy of the externship
The externship aims to provide a broad exposure to equine practice. As Moore Equine is a busy private practice, it provides a great learning opportunity. Externs are generally very busy, and involved in all facets of daily activities and after hours care. We strive to provide opportunity for externs to practice some basic skills (ie NG intubation, catheter placement etc), and be involved in case discussion. It is also our aim that upon completion of the externship, externs will have a good idea of what our internship program offers, and can pursue an internship application if desired.
Extern students are expected to assist with daytime and after hours appointments, emergencies and in hospital treatments. This involves assisting with treating and monitoring of in-hospital cases, following along with appointments, and watching/occasionally scrubbing in to surgeries. It is quite common that externs have long busy days, and busy nights as well, however we feel that it offers a concentrated exposure to equine practice, and many different types of cases.
If you are interested in applying for an externship at Moore Equine, please submit the following items to Sarah Freedman by email Externships@MooreEquine.ca:
– A letter of intent (please include the dates that you would be interested in coming)
– A curriculum vitae
We accept applications for externships year round. If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Sarah Freedman or Dr. Jennifer Fowlie Externships@MooreEquine.ca or contact us by phone (403)226-2585. Please also see the externship brochure below for further information.