Dr. Andres Valenzuela
Dr. Andres Valenzuela-Spencer grew up in a working-class neighborhood in the city of Santiago, Chile. Surrounded by the reality of animal abandonment and poor animal welfare, he was strongly motivated to pursue a degree in Veterinary Science, seeking to offer high quality medicine to those with no access to it. As a student, he volunteered in multiple projects in his home country of Chile that involved providing large animal medicine to low-income communities, helping small farms access health and husbandry related resources for their livestock. In 2015, as a final year veterinary student, he participated as a member of the National Disaster Animal Response team with support from the Chilean Veterinary Medical Society, The Agricultural and Livestock Service, The Chilean Army and Major University School of Veterinary Medicine to provide aid to the animals involved in a natural disaster in the Northern Chile. In 2016, he graduated from Universidad Mayor (Major University) and after accomplishing the practical and theorical evaluations he obtained his degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.
Upon graduation, Dr. Valenzuela-Spencer worked for one year as a veterinary assistant back in his hometown, practicing equine medicine with a major focus in equine sport medicine. Unfortunately,due to personal reasons, he was forced to take a year-long break from veterinary medicine in 2017 and instead worked in the field of administration and business management. However, in 2019 after a year of extensive planning, he embarked on a seven-month journey to North America seeking further training and a return to veterinary medicine. He visited teaching veterinary hospitals across the U.S. and Canada where he finally spent two weeks at Moore Equine Veterinary Centre as an extern, where he hoped to apply for their internship program. Dr. Valenzuela-Spencer plans to apply for a future residency in Sport Medicine and Rehabilitation following his time with the Moore Equine team.
Dr. Valenzuela-Spencer’s main interests include sports medicine with a focus in cardio-respiratory exercise physiology, radiology, and applied anatomy. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, helping with the family business back home, exploring Calgary and tasting the local culinary options in the city.
Dr. Anika Lohnherr
Dr. Anika Lohnherr grew up in a small city near Leipzig in the east part of Germany, where she spent most of her childhood in the barn with horses. She attended the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna, Austria. In summer 2018 she visited Moore Equine for one month and appreciated the Canadian people and way of life. Anika Lohnherr graduated from veterinary school in 2019, then worked for a half year in a small equine clinic near Hannover, Germany. After that she started her internship at Moore Equine. In her time off she enjoys spending time with her dog Sola and exploring Calgary and the mountains.
Dr. Jenny Hiekel
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. Macarena Iglesias
Dr. Iglesias grew up in the south of Chile, close to the farm and always in contact with animals. She practiced show jumping in high school for 3 years, where she learned to care for horses. She attended the University of Veterinary Medicine in Santiago, Chile. During her studies, she participated in veterinary social work in Chile, where she worked with different species. After her graduation in 2016, she practiced for one year with a senior veterinarian in an equine ambulatory practice and then she worked in sales in the human health industry. In 2019 she returned to veterinary medicine by doing a 7 month rotative externship in different large animal hospitals between the US and Canada, where she was also able to visit Moore Equine for 3 weeks with the intention of pursuing an internship and continuing her education in large animal medicine.
Dr. Victoria Duggan
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.
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.