The California Animal Health & Food Safety Laboratory System (CAHFS), School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis is offering a 2- or 3-year fellowship program focused on the musculoskeletal pathology of racehorses at its San Bernardino laboratory. The program is designed to provide in-depth training in pathology of the musculoskeletal system of racehorses, which could reduce the incidence and severity of musculoskeletal injuries in racehorses and lead to the identification and implementation of new prevention strategies. An additional training focus will be on the development of a better understanding of the etiology of non-musculoskeletal causes of death of racehorses (sudden death, colitis, pneumonias, etc.)
The training involves extensive diagnostic casework on all horses submitted to CAHFS San Bernardino with a history of musculoskeletal injury or medical conditions, as part of the California Horse Racing Board’s equine postmortem program. Fellows will gain experience through necropsies, gross and microscopic examination of tissues and interpretation of results from various laboratory disciplines while working up the cases. In addition, enhanced training will be provided at the J.D. Wheat Veterinary Orthopedic Research Laboratory (VORL) in Davis, where the fellow will learn and work with diagnostic imaging, biomechanical tests, undecalcified tissue processing, histomorphometry and epidemiology methods. Casework is supplemented by weekly case and biopsy conferences, gross and histology rounds and seminars. The fellow is expected to develop a research project based on casework from the program. Annual presentation at a national equine meeting is encouraged. The fellow will also gain knowledge of the racing industry by visiting tracks and interacting with trainers, owners, private and regulatory veterinarians.
DVM or equivalent degree with a demonstrated interest in equine medicine, surgery and/or musculoskeletal pathology. Excellent command of English is required; the successful candidate must be able to effectively communicate both orally and in writing with colleagues and clients.
Applicants must submit by February 15, 2018 (1) a curriculum vitae, (2) a letter of intent, (3) transcripts from veterinary school(s), and (4) three letters of recommendation to: Sharon Hein, CAHFS Administration, P.O. Box 1770, University of California, Davis, CA 95617, (530) 752-8709, e-mail: email@example.com. Program inquiries can be directed to Dr. Francisco Uzal at firstname.lastname@example.org. The fellowship start date is negotiable.
About California Animal Health & Food Safety Lab System
The California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory System (CAHFS) is the backbone of California’s animal disease surveillance and detection system which helps to protect the health of humans, livestock, and poultry from naturally occurring or intentionally introduced animal diseases. CAHFS serves as California’s early warning system against the possibility of an outbreak of either domestic o...r foreign animal diseases introduced accidentally through nature or intentionally through bioterrorism. The laboratory safeguards the public health by rapidly and reliably diagnosing diseases found in animals, which can also affect humans. CAHFS operates in partnership with the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), the United Stated Department of Agriculture/ Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA/APHIS), UC Davis, California veterinarians, and livestock and poultry producers.