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Australian Intern Brings Lifetime of Equine Experience to KER By KER Staff · October 24, 2014

When Australian college student Jazmine Skinner learned that Kentucky Equine Research (KER) offered a yearlong intern program, she made up her mind to apply for the position. Arriving in Kentucky in late spring, Jaz has found that the internship offers a wealth of experiences.

As part of Jaz’s final year in university, she completed a research project that focused on the absorption of vitamin K in horses. This project sealed her desire to learn more about equine nutrition, and she turned to KER for that opportunity.

“Because KER is at the forefront of equine nutrition research, I was very keen to gain some invaluable experience,” said Jaz

Jaz brings a lifetime of horse-related experience to Kentucky with her, having ridden and cared for horses the majority of her life. As expected, being in Kentucky has allowed Jaz many new opportunities outside of the research environment.

“I am thoroughly enjoying my Kentucky experience. It never ceases to amaze me how intrinsic horses are to the local lifestyle, and I find it awe-inspiring. So far I have attended the Keeneland yearling sales and toured both the Gluck Equine Research Center and Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital.”

Jaz sees her internship at KER as a stepping stone, a time to soak in as much information as possible about conducting research trials and to build on an already strong foundation of nutrition knowledge. But Jaz doesn’t plan on switching off her thirst for knowledge anytime soon.

“I am passionate about pursuing a career related to equine nutrition once I return to Australia and would also like to complete a doctorate in this field of study.”

Information about KER’s intern programs and other career opportunities can be found here.

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