Pre-Vet Externships & Experiential Learning

Pre-Vet and Animal Science Students

HorseWorks' one-week and multi-week Sessions may be the perfect working-ranch complement to your clinic-based externship allowing you to get involved in our day-to-day, hands-on ranch activities with livestock from morning to night outside the classroom setting.

More exposure builds technique and confidence around herd animals both on the ground and horseback.  Learn to safely handle cattle, and horses of a variety of personalities, training, and ages.

Some pre-vet students work with their academic advisors to receive credit for this unique, hands-on experience with large animals.

Importantly, as well, a break from the classroom to immerse yourself in Western lifestyle and culture will revitalize you for your return to your studies!  Enjoy all the fun activities on and off-ranch.  Make new friends and build strong bonds along the way.  In short, be prepared to have an adventure of a lifetime!

On the fence about large versus small animal specializations?  Need to show that you have explored the large animal option for your academic applications?  Our hands-on ranch program has been an asset to many students in these situations.

Ranchers do much of our own vet work and when livestock requires a veterinarian's attention, Dr. Dan invites you to join in, and glove up to preg test a cow or help ultrasound a mare.

Pre-vet students may work with their university advisors to arrange Independent Study Credit for Externships & Experiential Learning Opportunities that give students hands-on experience with large animals .

Check out these videos! Contact us to help you decide if we offer a good fit with your goals!


People get out of vet school with no experience catching a horse or handling a horse. I deal with people who are disciples of clinicians and can make a horse mind at the end of a lead rope and respect them at a distance, but they can’t handle a horse up close.

Wyoming Veterinarian

This is exactly the type of experience we hope to offer students. Something outside of the usual ‘small animal practice’ is always welcome!

Vet School Externship Coordinator

When to Come

Spring Break is a great opportunity to make time in your busy schedule to join us on the ranch, especially if you are on a budget ($600 discounts off summer & fall prices)! 

Summer means longer days and more off-ranch opportunities, like the Cody Nite Rodeo.  Extended stay and returning participant discounts are awarded additional discounts, so come in the spring and return in the summer!

Check out a complete list of dates & prices, and blogs by former participants. The Application and Booking Forms help us understand your expectations and goals for your stay and your riding ability so that we can match you with appropriate horses.

To apply, fill out, photograph/scan and email your Application and Booking Forms to us at If you have dates in mind, let us know and we will get back with you right away about availability.

Bring a passion for horses and cattle and a sense of adventure! There are as many reasons to come to HorseWorks as there are participants!