Veterinary Interns Join Carolina Equine Hospital

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Veterinary Interns Join Carolina Equine Hospital

Every year, Carolina Equine Hospital (CEH) welcomes two new veterinary interns to join the team for a year.  Our interns are fully licensed veterinarians and are pursuing an extra year of experience and mentorship before they move on to other positions. Interns are a great addition to our team, and while we miss them once they finish out the year with us, we know they are heading off to go make a difference in the lives of new clients and their animals.

We are very excited to announce our 2018-2019 CEH interns: Dr. Jess Benson and Dr. Kelsey Bentz. The two recently sat down with Ashley Helms, receptionist at CEH, to share more about their training and love of horses. Learn more about these two equine veterinarians.


Pictured (Dr. Jess Benson, Dr. Kelsey Bentz)

Q & A With Dr. Jess Benson and Dr. Kelsey Bentz 

  1. Where are you originally from?

Dr. Jess Benson:   Arlington, VA.

Dr. Kelsey Bentz:   Suffield, CT

  1. Where did you attend undergraduate and veterinary school?

Dr. Jess Benson:   I did undergrad at William and Mary and vet school at Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Kelsey Bentz:   I completed my undergad degree at the University of Vermont, and I attended vet school at Oklahoma State University.

  1. How did your passion for equine care begin?

Dr. Jess Benson:   I have loved horses as long as I can remember and started riding at age 7. I’m the only horsey person in my family, but my parents always supported my passion, driving me to lessons and cheering at horse shows. I volunteered, tried to spend as much time in the equine world as possible, and I finally saved up to purchase my own horse in college!

Dr. Kelsey Bentz:   I begged my parents to let me ride growing up. Around age 10 they finally gave in, and I started taking lessons. When I was 13, I got my first (and only) horse for my birthday and horse care quickly consumed my life!

  1. What is one thing you feel is most important for horse owners to know about caring for their horse?

Dr. Jess Benson:   Good nutrition and basic preventative care go a long way toward keeping your horse happy and healthy!

Dr. Kelsey Bentz:   Always remember that you, as an owner, know your horse the best; if something doesn’t feel right trust your gut!

  1. How did you find out about Carolina Equine Hospital?

Dr. Jess Benson:    Dr. Wallace came to speak to our student AAEP (American Association of Equine Practitioners) chapter. I visited CEH twice as a vet student and am very excited to spend the whole year here!

Dr. Kelsey Bentz:    A friend recommended that I visit CEH after hearing about them at their school.

  1. What are you most looking forward to about your internship at CEH?

Dr. Jess Benson:    There are so many great doctors here. I’m looking forward to learning as much as I can from their combined experience.

Dr. Kelsey Bentz:    Getting to meet new people and new horses!

  1. What is a fun fact about yourself that you would be willing to share?

Dr. Jess Benson:    I have severe celiac disease and own a service dog who’s trained for trace gluten detection. He’s the fifth dog in the world trained for this task and loves his job!

Dr. Kelsey Bentz:   I love yellow labs and the color pink!!

Get to Know the Carolina Equine Hospital Team

If you’re looking for a qualified veterinary team to help care for your horse or horses, read our team bios, learn about our services, and give us a call at 336-349-4080 .  We offer comprehensive veterinary care for horses throughout Greensboro, Guilford County, and surrounding areas.