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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 b ovine 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.

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.

To view a complete position description, view our posting at https://aaep.org/.

If you would like to request a visit, please contact Victoria Salyers at lamvisit@uga.edu. If requesting a visit before the application deadline, please email your application at least 2-3 weeks before the proposed visit date, but no later than October 25, 2017.

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.

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.

To view a complete position description, view our posting at https://aaep.org/.

If you would like to request a visit, please contact Victoria Salyers at lamvisit@uga.edu.

Residency in Large Animal Surgery (Equine Emphasis)

***At this time, we are not accepting applications for this program.***

The large animal surgery residency at the University of Georgia is a 3 year program, conforming to the requirements of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) in the Specialty of Large Animal Surgery. The primary objective is to train individuals, who have completed an internship or its equivalent, to the level of specialist in large animal surgery. The 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. The starting date is July 15th of the year of acceptance.

Responsibilities include management of out-patient and hospitalized cases and participation in the hospital emergency service. The large animal hospital caseload is approximately 2,300-2,600 patients per year. The species emphasis is equine; however, food and fiber animals comprise approximately 10-15% of the caseload. As per ACVS requirements, residents spend approximately 8-10 months per year on the surgical service with the remaining months on elective specialty training, independent research projects, special rotations, writing publications and case reports, and participating to a limited degree in didactic and laboratory teaching of pre-clinical veterinary students.

This is a non-degree graduate program, leading to a recognized University certificate of residency; however, successful applicants may opt to enroll in a MS program instead of the certificate program.

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.

Residency in Comparative Theriogenology

***At this time, we are not accepting applications for this program.***

The theriogenology residency at the University of Georgia is 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 starting date is July 15th of the year of acceptance.

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. Residents are allotted 2 weeks of vacation per year. Residents participate in didactic and laboratory teaching of pre-clinical 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 fulfill the publication requirements. For specific ACT requirements, please refer to the ACT’s General Information Guidelines (www.theriogenology.org).

Residents receive semi-annual written evaluations which are discussed with the Resident Advisor and Hospital Director. Annual reappointment is contingent upon satisfactory performance in all aspects of the program.

This is a non-degree graduate program, leading to a recognized University certificate of residency. Enrollment in the graduate school and completion of a program leading to the Master of Science Degree is highly recommended. The resident must apply for ACT examination during the second or third year.

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.

Internship in Large Animal Surgery & Emergency Critical Care

This internship is a 1-year program designed to increase the intern’s experience and training in surgical and emergency critical care cases in large animals. The primary objective is to provide individuals who have completed an internship or its equivalent to be better prepared to pursue their future goals. Training will be under the direction of the Department of Large Animal Medicine and Surgery, which includes seven ACVS—Large Animal and two ACVECC—Large Animal. The starting date is July 15, 2018.

Responsibilities include management of out-patient and hospitalized cases and participation 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. The intern will spend 4-5 3-week blocks on the emergency service, 9-10 3-week blocks on surgery, and 2-3 3-week blocks on other rotations (anesthesia, theriogenology, medicine, or radiology depending on the intern’s interest). The intern will be allotted 2 weeks of vacation per year and encouraged to attend one CE meeting. The intern will also be strongly encouraged to be part of a research project. The intern will participate to a limited degree in didactic and laboratory teaching of preclinical veterinary students.

This is a non-degree graduate program, leading to a recognized University certificate of internship.

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.

To view a complete program description and to apply, please visit https://www.virmp.org/ starting on October 13, 2017. All applications for the Internship in Large Animal Surgery & Emergency Critical Care are due by December 4, 2017.

If you are interested in visiting please submit your CV, letter of intent, and the names of three reference to Victoria Salyers at lamvisit@uga.edu by November 1, 2017 to be given full consideration for an interview.

Residency in Large Animal Internal Medicine

The overall goal of the residency program is to provide training and experience to qualify the candidate for certification by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM). The program is accredited by ACVIM, follows the General Information Guideline (GIG) from ACVIM (www.ACVIM.org) for training residents, and is directed by four to six LAIM diplomates of ACVIM. There are 3 rotating interns and 4-6 residents (medicine and surgery) in the Large Animal Hospital. Although the emphasis of the residency is internal medicine, residents are cross trained in emergency duty (i.e. participate in both medical and surgical emergencies and critical care). Depending on the resident’s career interests, the program has some flexibility to provide limited training opportunities in other disciplines. The annual total “in house” large animal caseload ranges from 2300 to 2600 animals/year, and is comprised of approximately 85-90% horses with the remaining patients including cattle, goats, sheep, pigs, and camelids. Of the total “in house” hospital caseload, approximately 25-30% (750 to 850 annually) of the cases are assigned exclusively to the medicine service. There is considerable cross interaction and consultation among the services at UGA, so the number of patients that the medicine service is involved in is greater than the caseload exclusively assigned to the service by medical records. The program starts on July 15, 2018.

The residents 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, including case rounds presentations.
  • Provide emergency care to patients on a rotating basis.
  • Present a hospital wide clinical seminar annually.
  • Participate in weekly medicine journal club discussions and large animal medicine and surgery morbidity and mortality rounds.
  • Provide service and consultation to clients and referring veterinarians.

This is a non-degree graduate program leading to an official University Certificate of Residency. In addition to the residency certificate, residents may (but are not required to) concurrently enroll in additional basic science graduate course work and participate in research leading to a Master’s degree (3 to 4 year program) or PhD (4 to 6 year program). These advanced degree programs are not required for the residency. However, our program is structured with strong ties to the basic sciences and applied translational research, and has successfully provided advanced research training for residents interested in graduate degrees for future academic or industry opportunities. For more information on the Master’s and PhD programs, visit http://www.vet.uga.edu/graduate.

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.

To view a complete program description and to apply, please visit https://www.virmp.org/ starting on October 13, 2017. All applications for the Residency in Lare Animal Internal Medicine are due by December 4, 2017.

To schedule a visit, contact Dr. Steeve Giguère at Gigueres@uga.edu. If you are not able to visit, we highly encourage you to contact faculty members within our program and residents currently enrolled in our program.

Residency in Veterinary Anesthesiology

The Residency in Veterinary Anesthesiology is a 3-year program aimed at developing clinical & technical proficiency in anesthesia & pain management in a variety of species with varied medical conditions. The program is constructed to satisfy the American College of Veterinary Anesthesiologists and European College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia requirements for eligibility to sit examinations for Diplomate status. Residents are scheduled 12 blocks on and (6 in SA and 6 in LA) 5 off (70% on and 30% off) each year. Case management is under the guidance of the anesthesia faculty assigned to the specific area of the hospital. The large animal caseload is primarily equine but includes ruminants (bovine, sheep, goats), swine, camelids and some exotic and wildlife cases. The small animal caseload is largely dogs, with a significant number of cats and exotics. Emergency duty is shared between anesthesia, residents, and technicians, with anesthesia faculty always available for consultation and backup. Each resident will be assigned emergency duty up to one night in three and one to two weekends per month. Educational opportunities include attendance at weekly topic rounds & journal club, attendance & presentation at the Hospital Clinical Seminars, and participation in selected courses offered within the College or on campus. Each resident is expected to perform research or clinical investigation sufficient to enable preparation & submission of at least one manuscript for referred publication. Teaching responsibilities include instruction of fourth year veterinary students in the clinical hospital and second/ third year students in laboratories.

The anesthesiology section is well provisioned at the University of Georgia. Each operating room (both large and small animal) contains monitoring for invasive blood pressure, gas analysis, and isoflurane, sevoflurane and desflurane. A NiCO unit is available for cardiac output measurement. Portable invasive blood pressure and end-tidal CO2 monitors allow travel throughout the hospital. The program is supported by 4 faculty members in anesthesia and 4 faculty in critical care. The resident is given significant support to pursue their research during the program and the presence of clinical faculty in the hospital ensure a positive training environment for the resident.

This is a non-degree graduate program, leading to an official University certificate of residency.

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.

To view a complete program description and to apply, please visit https://www.virmp.org/ starting on October 13, 2017. All applications for the Residency in Veterinary Anesthesiology are due by December 4, 2017.

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