Dr. Henderson grew up in Winnipeg. As a youth, she had various pets (beagle, rabbits, hamsters) and visited the farm animals at her aunts' and uncles' beef farms, which helped her realize she had a strong interest in, and connection to animals.
She graduated with Honours from the University of Winnipeg with a 4- year Bachelor of
Science Degree in Chemistry. She then moved to Edmonton to pursue a Master's Degree in
Analytical Chemistry at the University of Alberta. Her interest in animals continued as she
spent any time away from her Analytical Chemistry studies, volunteering to work with horses,
small animals, and even the zoo animals at the Edmonton Valley Zoo. As her passion for working
with animals grew, she decided to switch career paths.
Dr. Henderson graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2021 and won the Dr. Ted Smith Memorial Scholarship at graduation. The scholarship celebrates a graduate with a passion for veterinary practice, proficiency in surgery skills, and an ability to build strong pet-client relationships. During her time as a veterinary medical student, she felt drawn to horses because she admired their athletic nature and anatomy. She became especially passionate about large animal surgery.
During her spare time Dr. Henderson enjoys running, shooting archery, hiking, canoeing, and
spending time with her adopted Siamese Cross named Ru. She also looks forward to playing basketball again. Ru was named after Dr. Henderson’s favorite enzyme Rubisco.
Dr. Jane Westendorf was born in Mission, BC where she grew up on a small hobby farm with her horses competing in local shows and traveling up to the BC interior to work as a counselor at Girl’s Love Horse’s summer camp. After completing her Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Physiology at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, BC, Dr. Westendorf was accepted to the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, SK. While in vet school, she developed a passion for research and equine reproductive medicine which led her to complete a combined Master of Science-Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree investigating endometrial biopsy grading in mares. Between studying and exams, she also worked as a stable hand for a local Arabian breeding barn and as a test inspector on the backstretch of Saskatoon’s Marquis Downs. Dr. Westendorf first visited Moore Equine in July 2020 and enjoyed every minute and is greatly looking forward to her internship. Her primary interests are reproduction, anesthesia, and ambulatory medicine. During her free time, Dr. Westendorf enjoys playing lots of volleyball and exploring the outdoors in anything from snowshoes and skis to paddleboards and kayaks.
Dr. Kimberly Stewart was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta with a love for horses that was fostered at a young age. Growing up, she worked in barns as well as competed in both the hunter/jumper rings and continued to ride through vet school. She has a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Zoology from the University of Calgary and received her veterinary degree from the University of Calgary as well. During her time in vet school she explored many avenues that this career path can take and decided to expand her knowledge of equine medicine. She graduated from vet school in April of 2021 and settled on Moore Equine as the place she wanted to complete her internship after completing a month long rotation at the clinic in her fourth year. Her primary interests are equine reproduction and ambulatory medicine. In her down time you can find her riding and spending time with friends and family.
Dr. Lisa Costa was raised in the city of Kitchener, Ontario, where she found herself gravitating to the countryside while growing up. After enjoying hunter-jumper riding lessons as a child she eventually adopted an off-track standardbred and re-trained him to become a riding horse. Instead of just sticking to the hunters, Lisa and her horse trained and competed in a number of disciplines such as barrel racing, dressage, and trails/pack trips which exposed her to the diverse world of horse sport. Lisa completed a Bachelor of Science at the University of Guelph and then continued onto her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at the Ontario Veterinary College. In the summers of vet school, she worked with Moore as a summer student and returned as an extern student the following year. Lisa graduated from OVC in 2020 and started working as a mobile equine veterinarian in central Ontario. After a year of exciting practice, she decided that she wanted to further improve her knowledge, abilities, and skills as an equine veterinarian. This led her back to Moore to now complete an internship. Lisa’s interests in equine medicine include emergency medicine, surgery, neonatal medicine, and preventative medicine and management. While not working with horses, Lisa often finds herself canoeing, camping, and going on long walks with her rescue dog Stu. She looks forward to taking advantage of the Alberta landscape once again and being reunited with the community at Moore!
Dr. Elizabeth (“Liz”) Hanly is from Calgary, Alberta. She started riding at a young age, progressing onto hunter/jumper competitions while also working in stables learning how to care for horses. Dr. Hanly completed a Bachelor of Science at Mount Royal University, graduating with honours. Throughout her undergraduate degree, she worked as a showjumping groom, led trail rides in Kananaskis country, and coached young riders during the summer months. Prior to starting veterinary school, Dr. Hanly worked as an equine veterinary assistant in an ambulatory practice in Calgary. She received her veterinary degree in 2021 from University College Dublin, School of Veterinary Medicine in Ireland. While living in Ireland for 4 years, she was able to see veterinary practice in various parts of the country, including an elective at Fethard Equine Hospital in county Tipperary, while also having the opportunity to experience and travel a beautiful part of the world. She externed at Moore Equine Veterinary Centre for 3 weeks in 2020, prior to pursuing her internship. As a Calgary native, Liz enjoys spending her free time in the mountains running, hiking, and skiing.
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.
Required: Letter of Intent, 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.