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Department of Large Animal Medicine

Internship & Residency Programs

Rotating Hospital Internships

Interns and residents working in the Department of Large Animal Medicine primarily provide care for animals presented to the Teaching Hospital. The Rotating Hospital interns are involved in handling 2500-3000 cases each year. The caseload is approximately 90% equine and the remaining 10% is composed of camelids, small ruminants, and cattle. Rotating Hospital Interns spend their time on the internal medicine, surgery, and anesthesia rotations. They interact constantly with faculty members in the respective services, assist in teaching final year veterinary students and may attend rounds and seminars in other departments.

The interns are an integral part of each rotation and participate in many ways:

  • The diagnosis and treatment of cases on a daily basis under the supervision of faculty members.
  • Assist faculty in the instruction and supervision of veterinary students.
  • Present cases in rounds for students, interns, and residents.
  • Provide emergency care to patients on a rotating basis.

This program is suited to a wide range of recently graduated veterinarians interested in all aspects of general large animal — and more specifically equine — medicine and surgery. Veterinarians who have completed this internship have entered diverse fields; many have progressed into specialty practice, including surgery, medicine, pathology, and radiology, while others have elected to pursue general practice.

The Teaching Hospital includes two equine surgery suites, a bovine surgery room, radiology facilities, nuclear scintigraphy, and ultrasonography. The clinical services are busy, and interns and residents get a lot of hands-on experience and participate in an active after-hours emergency service.

Be sure to check out the program description and requirements in the AAEP Avenues Website.

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status.

Farm Practice Internship

The University of Georgia Veterinary Teaching Hospital is offers two internships in Farm Practice and Theriogenology which are designed to provide training and knowledge in the majority of large animal species including horses, dairy cattle, beef cattle, sheep, goats, and swine (limited to pet animals).The bulk of the intern's time will be spent with the Farm Practice clinicians seeing animals in the local practice environment and teaching final-year veterinary students. Time also will be scheduled for the Theriogenology and Production Medicine rotations, with the final aim being to provide the intern with a well-rounded year, and exposure to several aspects of large animal practice.

Interns work under the supervision of senior staff members and are responsible for:

  • Primary participation in the daily activities of the Farm Practice service with on-farm calls.
  • Participation in Theriogenology cases on a scheduled basis.
  • Providing assistance in the instruction and supervision of veterinary students.
  • Providing emergency care to patients on a rotating basis.
  • Submitting a scientific paper suitable for publication in a referred journal for completion of the internship.

Interns are encouraged to attend, and are scheduled to participate in, Farm Practice and Theriogenology rounds and seminars. Adequate time is allowed for consultation with senior staff members concerning cases, as well as for study and recreation.

Be sure to check out the program description and requirements in the AAEP Avenues website.

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status.

Surgery Residency (Equine Emphasis)

The Large Animal Surgery Residents complete a 3 year program in which they are trained individuals to the level of specialist in large animal surgery. The primary goal is to prepare the resident for board certification in the ACVS in the specialty of Large Animal Surgery (Equine Emphasis). Training is under the direction of the Department of Large Animal Medicine and Surgery, which includes six ACVS diplomats in the Specialty of Large Animal Surgery.

Surgery residents manage of out-patient and hospitalized cases and participate in the hospital emergency service. The large animal hospital caseload is approximately 2,200-2,600 patients per year. The species emphasis is equine; however, food and fiber animals comprise approximately 10-20% of the caseload. As per ACVS requirements, residents spend approximately 8-10 months per year on the surgical service with the remaining months on required other specialty training, research projects and manuscript preparation, and CE. They also participate to a limited degree in didactic and laboratory teaching of preclinical veterinary students.

Please see the program description and requirements on the VIRMP website.

Theriogenology Residency

The Theriogenology Residents complete a 3 year program designed to provide clinical and academic training to prepare the resident for the American College of Theriogenologists (ACT) board examination and for a career in academic or private referral practice. Training is under the direction of the Department of Large Animal Medicine and Surgery, which includes three ACT diplomates.

The residency is comparative and includes large and small animal cases. Responsibilities include management of on-farm, out-patient and hospitalized cases and participation in the emergency service. There is also a possibility for involvement in herd and production management of beef and dairy cattle. The large animal hospital caseload is approximately 2,200-2,600 patients per year. The University of Georgia also counts with an active breeding program of its own horse and beef cattle herds. Small animal cases represent 10-20% of the service’s caseload.

As per ACT requirements, residents spend a minimum of 40 weeks per year on the Theriogenology service with the remaining weeks on other elective specialty training, research projects, manuscript preparation, and CE. They also participate in didactic and laboratory teaching of preclinical veterinary students. Per ACT requirements, the resident will provide at least one lecture to veterinary students or veterinarians, and participate in one research project to help fulfil the publication requirements. For specific ACT requirements, please refer to the ACT’s General Information Guidelines (http://www.theriogenology.org/).

Please see the program description and requirements on the VIRMP website.

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