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KER Summer Intern Spotlight: Kimberly and MeganBy Kentucky Equine Research Staff · August 15, 2017

Interns at Kentucky Equine Research (KER) hail from around the world and stay for three months in the summer or for an entire year. Kimberly Perkins and Megan Conrad are finishing up their summer internships and have bright futures ahead.

Home is Effingham, Illinois, for Kimberly. Her father and mother grew up on farms, so she picked up a love for horses at an early age. This is also where she participated in 4-H for 11 years. In her spare time, Kimberly enjoys art, cooking, and trail riding through Shawnee National Forest with family. She earned her bachelor’s degree in animal science and pre-veterinary studies from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, as well as a certificate in companion animal nutrition.

Through her internship at KER, Kimberly has gained valuable knowledge about nutrition research as well as the Thoroughbred industry. She especially enjoyed learning veterinary tidbits from staff veterinarian Laura Petroski. While she loves all of the research horses, she valued her time with Rue, Winston, and Sheldon the most.

Kimberly is planning to attend veterinary school in the fall at Ross University, located on St. Kitts in the Caribbean.

Megan is from Sherman, Connecticut, and has been riding horses since she was very young. Her mother, herself a lifelong rider, was quick to put Megan in the saddle. Before starting her internship this summer, Megan traveled to Europe, touring Paris, Barcelona, Berlin, Athens, and Rome, among other cities.

According to Megan, she has gained more hands-on, intensive research experience, learning new and exciting things related to equine nutrition. During her time here, she has formed a special bond with Nash, one of the many research horses at KER.

Once her internship is complete, Megan will return to complete her last year at the University of Connecticut. She is pursuing a degree in animal science and is hoping to continue on a research tract after college.

Are you pursuing a career that involves horses? An internship at KER may be the perfect fit. Click here for details.

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