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About Bannon Woods Veterinary Hospital

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Bannon Woods is a Mixed Animal private practice located in the heart of Kentucky. Our hospital is just south of Louisville, Kentucky in the quaint borough of Fairdale.  We are surrounded on three sides by the beautiful Jefferson Memorial Forest, and on the fourth our 40-acre Equestrian Center.   You can enjoy everything Kentucky has to offer in our location from hiking and biking to Louisville’s thriving restaurant scene. The hospital’s serene location provides a stress-free environment for our clients, patients, hospital staff, and doctors. The beautiful scenery can be appreciated during any season from the spring flowers to the snowcapped hills in winter.

Our fully equipped hospital has many diagnostic tools at our disposal. Fully equipped for orthopedic surgery, Ligasure, Digital radiology (in-house and three mobile units), dental radiographs, ultrasound (2 GE Logic machines and 2 repro units), lasers (2 companion class 4, one class 3), video endoscopy (in house and portable unit), arthroscopy, gastroscopy, IRAP, PRP, Full Idexx Laboratory, SAA and lactate readers, three equine ambulatory trucks, On-site USDA Coggins lab, Digatherm thermography, companion stance analyzer, small animal underwater treadmill, gas sterilizer and autoclave, magnawave, acupuncture and chiropractic services offered, shockwave and more.

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to intern/extern at Bannon Woods Veterinary Hospital!


Veterinary Student Externship Program 2023- 2024

We offer an externship program to veterinary students at any year of veterinary school.

  • Two and Four-week externships are available throughout the year.
  • Lincoln Memorial University College of Veterinary Medicine Clinical Affiliate
  • Bannon Woods is an approved Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine Preceptorship site.

Why Bannon Woods? 

If you are interested in Equine and Small Animal practice there is no doubt that Kentucky is a main state to consider.  Kentucky has a large and diverse client base that allows for high-quality medicine and surgery.  Both our sport and recreational horse clients expect high-quality diagnostics and treatments for their equine partners.  In 2016, Bannon Woods grew from Equine only to Mixed Animal.

What unfolded was a higher quality of life for our Veterinarians and Staff and the ability to bring cutting-edge sports medicine to our small animal patients.   Our facility includes 11 small animal examination rooms, a two-story equine treatment room with two sets of stocks, two induction and recovery padded stalls, and a full equine surgical suite.  We have an indoor and outdoor arena on the property for extensive lameness exams and multiple barns for patient care. Our second facility houses our rehabilitation center complete with underwater treadmill therapy.

Our diverse mixed animal practice introduces students to a wide variety of cases from small animal orthopedics, and rehabilitation, to extensive sport horse lameness exams with the use of the Equinosis inertial sensor system to general wellness.  We believe that learning is best retained in a hands-on setting, with a one-on-one learning environment.   Our veterinarians are passionate about providing mentorship to our future colleagues.

What Our Externs Should Expect

Our externship program gives students exposure to a balance of medical, surgical, and ambulatory practice. Our externs generally rotate through each area of the practice; however, students may request an emphasis on one particular area.   You can expect to actively participate in cases and further your development towards becoming a veterinarian.  You will always be supervised by an experienced veterinarian and skilled support staff who will serve as your mentors during your externship experience.

Students are included in surgical cases, dental procedures, ambulatory calls, emergencies, sick patient workups, and routine medical appointments.  We are happy to help you improve in any technical skills with which you would like more practice. We encourage active participation from externs, introduce them to our clients, and truly make them part of our team.  You will have the opportunity to perform a preliminary exam and discuss the case with your supervising veterinarian.

Together we can confirm your exam findings and verify a treatment plan, moving forward with the case as a team.  Our goal is to create a collaborative environment for you to grow in your confidence and skill in managing both routine and complex cases.  We encourage externs to lead our biweekly journal club.  As lifelong learners, this is a fun time to share a tasty breakfast and learn from each other.  Current cases or any interesting topics are welcome.



How to Apply for Our Externship Program

To apply, fill out the form at the top of this page or email Dr. Adrienne Robertson at robertson@bannonwoodsvet.com and include following information:

  • Your name, phone number and mailing address ​
  • Name of the veterinary school you are attending and your scheduled graduation date
  • Duration of stay, planned arrival and departure dates
  • Who to notify in case of emergency during your stay
  • Any medical conditions we should be aware of (such as allergies)
  • Many students also elect to email their resumes for us to keep on file. This is especially helpful if you plan to apply for an associate position.


Please let us know ahead of time when you plan to arrive. We ask you plan to arrive between 8 am and 6 pm when possible. If you arrive on the weekend or after working hours, please contact Dr. Robertson via text at (502) 938-8218.

Travel and Transportation

Louisville International Airport (SDF) is located approximately 15 minutes from our hospital. Uber and Lyft are available in our area.

Extern Accommodations

On-site housing is available for our externs. We have a 4 bedroom, 2 ½ bath home that is located on the hospital property for extern use. This home is pet-friendly as long as your pet is polite with other animals. Bedding and towels are available and an onsite washing machine/ dryer is available to share with other students in the house. Please ensure you wash used sheets and towels before you leave. There is a shared refrigerator, stove, microwave, and coffee machine available for your use. Please keep all areas clean and picked up at all times and clean up dishes, microwave, fridge, and sink when you are done eating. Please clean out all perishable food before leaving.

Extern Attire

Our doctors typically wear khaki pants and collared shirts.  Solid-colored scrubs are also acceptable.  Sturdy shoes should be worn to protect feet, sandals, and open-toed shoes are not permitted around the horses. The weather is very unpredictable in Kentucky. We have all four seasons here, sometimes all in one day!  Please pack clothing for cold, and wind, as well as light material and sunscreen for hot days.


Yes!  In addition to the provided housing, we offer a stipend!

We look forward to meeting you!  Come see how great Mixed Animal Private Practice can be!!