Important Details for Interns
This is a non-degree graduate program, leading to a recognized University certificate of internship.
Tuition and Fees
Successful applicants must apply to the University of Georgia Graduate School online. Details can be found at http://grad.uga.edu/. The application fee is currently $75 for domestic students and $100 for international students. Tuition for graduate students is reduced to $25/semester. Student fees of approximately $3200 per year are the responsibility of the individual (for the fall and spring semester only, installment payment options are available with payroll deduction). An annual parking pass costs up to $480 depending on the selected area. International students will pay a one-time SEVIS fee (currently $200). For more information on the amount of the fee, who is subject to the fee, and how to pay it, see the SEVIS fee website: http://www.ice.gov/sevis/i901/.
The FY2017 graduate student stipend is $27,756. Interns also have a stipend to offset travel costs to meetings ($500 for 2016-2017), which can also be used to pay AVMA dues and Georgia State Veterinary License. Ten days of annual leave and 12 days of sick leave are available.
Insurance and Vaccination Requirements
Professional liability insurance is provided by the University. Health insurance is mandatory and is the responsibility of the individual. Proof of immunization for measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, chicken pox, hepatitis and rabies is required. A health policy is offered through UGA Health Services with United Health Care for students (http://www.uhs.uga.edu/insurance/index.html) for which they must sign up for unless they have received an approved waiver. If the applicant enrolls in the University Health Policy, they are advised that it does not begin until August 1 so that they are responsible for securing their own health insurance that is effective through July 31, 2017. The projected annual cost for an individual student plan this year is approximately $1795. International students should consult the following websites for more current information: http://international.uga.edu/issis/ and http://www.grad.uga.edu/?1.3.
Applicants are required to provide two official/certified copies of their academic records from each institution of higher education that the applicant has attended. These records must include all course work. Photocopies are not acceptable. Separate proof of degrees is also required. If the original language of the academic record is not English, a certified English translation must be attached to the original. Applicants whose native language is not English must submit official TOEFL scores. These scores must not be more than two years old. Offers to international applicants are contingent upon successful application for the appropriate visa.
License to Practice
Successful candidates must obtain a license to practice veterinary medicine in Georgia. A faculty license may be obtained without examination for $10. The faculty license allows the resident to practice only in the Teaching Hospital. To obtain a regular license in Georgia, the individual must take the Georgia State Board examination and be a graduate of an accredited institution or have completed the requirements of the ECFVG program of the AVMA. The residency cannot be used to satisfy the clinical evaluation portion of the ECFVG.
With regards to lifestyle around the College of Veterinary Medicine, one will find Athens to be very friendly and engaging. It captures the true essence of a college town, with its focus being the university's 35,000 students. It is a hospitable town that blends the small town feel with many of the amenities offered by Atlanta, which is only 65 miles away. Athens has a vibrant cultural and music scene being home to REM & Wide Spread Panic among others. The University of Georgia football team draws large crowds from all over the State in the true spirit of SEC Football. The weather is relatively mild most of the year, although during July & August the heat is a definite presence.
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