Department of Veterinary Medicine Georgia State University 2023-2024
The Department of Large Animal Medicine at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine invites applications for a three-year rotating large animal ambulatoryresidencywith in-hospital rotations.
The residency is a post-internship training program (possibilities for post-DVM) designed to provide the successful candidate a broad base of clinical experience in many aspects of large animal medicine with the goal of ABVP Equine Board Certification.
The mission of the University of Georgia (UGA) Field Services Department is the advancement of animal health and well-being through ambulatory specialists. Our vision, to provide cutting-edge veterinary care including consultation and outreach services, high quality education of clinical students and interns, all while conducting meaningful and innovative research. The UGA Field Service Department serves a diverse caseload (predominately equine) consisting of a variety of performance disciplines, breeding farms, and companion horses in the greater Athens area. Providing veterinary service for all aspects of equine medicine and surgery including, but not limited to, preventive medicine, basic and advanced dentistry, internal medicine, advanced lameness and rehabilitation, field surgery, emergency medicine, theriogenology, and ophthalmology.
The goal of the University of Georgia’s ABVP Equine Residency Program will be to provide an advanced training program that allows a resident to acquire advanced knowledge, mentorship and education under the direct supervision of boarded Diplomates. The objective being to promote excellence and proficiency in all the major areas of equine practice and provide candidates with opportunities and tools for a higher knowledge base in clinical practice or the opportunity for success in academia, research, corporate or other settings.
The residency program in Equine Practice, at the University of Georgia (UGA) School of Veterinary Medicine, is designed to provide two or three years of post-DVM advanced training, education, and clinical proficiency in the principles and practice of general and specialty medicine and surgery. Ultimately, fulfilling the requirements for species-specific certification by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners – Equine Practice (ABVP). The three-year route will allow for a research-based project to be completed along with clinical duties of the residency. Residents will additionally be provided the opportunity to participate in graduate level courses that support the area of interest and the clinical program.
The residency is directly supported by six Field Service faculty clinicians, all boarded diplomates (DACVS-LA, DACVSMR, DACVIM, DACT, DACVDC, Cert. ZWD) and indirectly supported by the faculty and staff of other clinical sections and departments at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Athens, GA. Field Service clinicians additionally are certified in acupuncture and spinal manipulation with one clinician also being a certified journeyman farrier. Clinical facilities of the UGA Veterinary Teaching Hospital and local farms will be the primary training locations for the residency.
This training program will be a rotating 36-month training program with time divided among theriogenology, internal medicine, surgery, and adjunct specialties (diagnostic imaging, ophthalmology, etc). Six months will provide necessary time for research, personal development, board preparation, and vacation, spread out over the 36-month period. Case management will be carried out under the guidance and collaboration of the resident with experienced faculty with independence increasing with experience. Emergency coverage will include all large animal species.
DVM degree or equivalent
Successful candidates must obtain a license to practice veterinary medicine in Georgia. A faculty license may be obtained without examination for $20. The faculty license allows the intern 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
Additionally, a U.S. Driver’s License is required prior to entering the program.
The internship is a non-degree graduate program leading to an official University certificate of internship. Tuition for this program is reduced to $25 per semester, but fees are the responsibility of the individual (approximately $3,250 in 2020).
Successful applicants must apply to the University of Georgia Graduate School online. Details can be found at http://www.uga.edu/gradschool/index.html and click “Prospective Students.” There is a one-time application fee ($75 domestic students/ and $100 international students in 2022-2023). Foreign students will be required to take and pass the TOFL examination.
Employment and benefits
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 are 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 enroll 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 interns are responsible for securing their own health insurance that is effective through July 31, 2024.
Ten days of annual leave and 12 days of sick leave are available.
As required by University of Georgia policy, the successful candidate will be subject to background investigation. The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status.
The application deadline is November 30, 2022, 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time. Late applications will not be accepted.
If after reviewing your CV, the committee members agree that you would be a suitable candidate, we will contact you regarding potential interview dates in October and early November, because we have a large number of candidates interested in our internship and we cannot accommodate every request for an interview.
The starting date is 07/15/2023 and ending date is 07/15/2026.
To officially apply the applicant must send the following:
A letter of intent that states why the UGA Large Animal ABVP Residency Program is desired and how it will help the applicant achieve future career goals
Transcript of grades including documentation of graduation (upon request)
Three letters of recommendation from persons that are familiar with the applicant’s qualifications
TOEFL scores if the applicant is not from a country where English is the primary language
Applications will NOT be submitted through the Veterinary Intern/Residency Matching Program. Instead, all application materials and reference letters should be sent directly via email to the intern coordinator, Dr. Allison K. Dockery, email@example.com.
All of our programs are clinical-based and allow you to gain valuable hands-on experience by assisting our board-certified clinicians with the care of animals presented to the large animal side of our Veterinary Teaching Hospital. The large animal caseload includes around 3,000 animal visits per year with approximately 85% of those being equine. The remainder of the patients you will see vary from cattle and small ruminants to new world camelids and the occasional pot bellied pig.