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The Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine offers post-DVM students the opportunity to further their veterinary skills through internship and residency programs.

Residencies, designed to provide advanced training and to satisfy requirements for certification as specialists, are offered in a variety of clinical areas by the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences (VCS). Successful completion of an internship or equivalent practice experience is required prior to admission in a residency program. A residency consists of three years of clinical study, research, teaching, and formal coursework. It is designed to provide the resident with an intensive clinical experience under the guidance of the clinical faculty. In conjunction with the residency program, a graduate degree or clinical investigator program must be pursued concurrently. Refer to each specialty for specific requirements and opportunities.

VCS maintains residencies in the following: anesthesiology, cardiology, comparative oncology, comparative ophthalmology, diagnostic imaging, emergency and critical care, food animal production medicine, large animal internal medicine, large animal surgery, neurology, radiation oncology, small animal internal medicine, small animal surgery, and theriogenology.

Internships are offered by the Purdue University Veterinary Teaching Hospital and are a 12 1/2-month clinical program providing advanced training in medicine and surgery. The program is designed to qualify the individual for entry into an approved residency program leading to board certification in a recognized veterinary specialty.


2015-2018 Programs

Small Animal Residencies

Large Animal Residencies

Internships


Small Animal Residencies

Anesthesiology

The anesthesiology residency is a three year program that conforms to the guidelines of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia (ACVAA).  Upon successful completion of the residency (including the ACVAA publication requirement), a residency certificate will be awarded.  *A master of science degree (can be either thesis or non-thesis) program must be pursued concurrently.

The resident will participate in both large and small animal anesthesia. The time commitment to clinical training will be 70-80%, depending on the needs of the section.  The remaining time will be spent in rotations in cardiology, critical care, zoo anesthesiology, rotation at a human hospital, etc.  The resident will participate in didactic teaching, seminar presentations, journal club, and rounds presentations.  Teaching responsibilities will also include junior surgery laboratory.  Clinical responsibilities will include night, holiday and weekend emergency duties on a rotational basis.  The first year of the residency will focus on personal case management of the common companion and livestock species, as dictated by the ACVAA residency guidelines.  The second and subsequent years will focus more heavily on supervision of cases and clinical research.  The resident will participate in ongoing research projects or create research projects according to their own interests under the supervision of the anesthesiology faculty members in order to fulfill the ACVAA publication requirement.  Most Purdue anesthesiology residents will have several completed manuscripts at the end of their residency. The resident will be expected to maintain a case log in order to fulfill ACVAA certification requirements. The resident will receive semi-annual written evaluations, and a quarterly evaluation meeting will be conducted. Employment is on an annual basis with continuation in the program being dependent upon satisfactory performance.

The resident is expected to demonstrate a consistently high level of care for his/her patients.  The resident is expected to independently read and increase his/her knowledge base on matters pertaining to anesthesiology, physiology, pharmacology and related basic science. The resident will participate in teaching of the veterinary students, interns, and technicians and participate in teaching of anesthesia in undergraduate labs.  The resident is expected to attend all seminars in the departmental seminar series and to participate at the level required of all residents in the department.  He or she is expected to attend all classes for which they are registered and to plan ahead with the attending anesthesiologist so that service responsibilities are covered.  The resident is expected to participate in all general section meetings and should be punctual to meetings, rounds and class assignments such as junior surgery.

The resident will work under the supervision of the attending anesthesiology faculty.  The level of faculty interaction will vary from person to person, depending on the faculty member and the resident’s growth in the program.  In general, the initial focus is on individual patient care under the supervision of the anesthesiologist on duty. As skills and clinical judgment develop, the resident will gradually move towards supervising multiple cases simultaneously.  Most residents eventually develop the clinical skills to run the anesthesiology service independently with the faculty member taking a “backup” role.  Throughout this process, the resident should strive to learn as much as possible from all cases presented to the anesthesiology service during clinical rotations.  This will involve actively participating in morning rounds with fourth year students, reviewing case records, evaluating clinical pathology, electrocardiographic and diagnostic imaging results as often as possible, and interacting with other faculty and house officers involved in the cases. 

Duty Hours:

Regular duty hours are 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Rarely will a work day remain within these limits. A normal day, without call duty or non-clinical projects, will often run from 7:00-7:30 a.m. to 6:30-7:00 p.m.  Attendance at anesthesiology rounds and house officer seminars is mandatory unless specifically released from the same by your faculty supervisor. If a conflict in scheduling arises, please consult with the attending anesthesiologist.

Program Guidance:
  1. Dr. Ann Weil is the residency program advisor for this institution.  It is her responsibility to see that the resident's program meets the guidelines for a residency program as defined by the ACVAA and Purdue University Veterinary Teaching Hospital and Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences. The anesthesiology residency committee consists of all three anesthesiology faculty members who will oversee the resident's program and meet with him/her for periodic evaluations at quarterly intervals.
  2. Dr. Ko will also serve as resident advisor. Dr. Ko will more specifically supervise and guide the resident's research projects and publications.  Dr. Ko will also be responsible for assuring that the resident has active guidance and assistance throughout his/her program.
  3. Further information is available at the ACVAA’s web site. Learn more >>

The College of Veterinary Medicine at Purdue University values, nurtures, and respects all members of its community and ensures an environment of inclusive excellence where all students, faculty, and staff are inspired and empowered to achieve their full potential.

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Comparative Oncology

The Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Purdue University, invites applications for a comparative oncology residency program. The three-year residency program will begin July 15, 2015, and will end July 13, 2018. Applicants are required to have a DVM degree and either a rotating internship or equivalent internship or practice experience. The program is designed to provide advanced training in veterinary medical oncology and to satisfy the ACVIM requirements for board certification in the specialty of oncology. The residency program is conducted by the Purdue Comparative Oncology Program (PCOP). The PCOP, which was established in 1979, has the goals of: clinical investigation, education, and compassionate patient care. Residents fill a key role in providing compassionate clinical patient care under the supervision of a faculty member, and the medical care of patients in clinical trials. In addition to clinical training and responsibilities, residents will have the opportunity to develop clinical research techniques, writing skills, and lecture preparation/ delivery skills.  Involvement in a clinical, translational, or fundamental research project under the supervision of a senior faculty member is required.  Publication of the research findings in a refereed scientific journal is expected, and the manuscript must be submitted for publication before a residency certificate will be granted.  Residents are expected to present one seminar each year to the department and may also be required to present a small number of didactic lectures. Residents are expected to participate in the clinical teaching of interns, veterinary students and veterinary technician students, and a commitment to further development of their teaching skills is expected.  Residents are required to enroll in the department's Clinical and Translational Research Master of Science degree program unless they already have a post-graduate degree and non-enrollment is approved by the department head. The M.S. graduate program (thesis or non-thesis option) is designed to develop the resident's ability to conduct clinical and translational research and augments the residency program. Candidates interested in pursuing a PhD may, with the agreement of the faculty mentor(s), enroll in the clinical investigator program, which is designed to develop the capability to conduct clinical and/or fundamental research.  The clinical investigator program strives to integrate residency training with PhD research, and requires graduate study and laboratory experience beyond a three year clinical residency.  This program is a flexible, individualized course of study tailored to the career objective of the candidate and contingent upon available funded research capabilities of the department, college, university and affiliated research centers.

Employment is on an annual basis with continuation in the program dependent upon satisfactory periodic evaluations.

The College of Veterinary Medicine at Purdue University values, nurtures, and respects all members of its community and ensures an environment of inclusive excellence where all students, faculty, and staff are inspired and empowered to achieve their full potential.

Purdue University is an EEO/AA employer fully committed to achieving a diverse work force.  All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

 
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Diagnostic Imaging

The diagnostic imaging residency at Purdue University is a three-year program that is designed to provide advanced training in diagnostic imaging and to satisfy the ACVR residency requirements. Individuals interested in pursuing an academic career are encouraged to apply.

The applicant must possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills and demonstrate the ability to work with others in a collegial team atmosphere. A veterinary degree and interest in advanced training in diagnostic imaging is required. A completed rotating internship in small or large animal medicine/surgery or equivalent experience is required. Interviews are strongly encouraged and considered upon request from qualified candidates. To request an interview, please email your interview request to Dr. Hock Gan Heng at: hheng@purdue.edu, and you will be contacted if an interview is possible.

Residents rotate between the radiology, ultrasound and advanced imaging services in accordance with ACVR requirements.  Residents evaluate images under the direct supervision of senior faculty.  Daily faculty backup will be present during these times and dictated reports will be evaluated by these faculty. The residents will be compensated for after-hours emergency cases.  Periods of off-clinic time will be assigned to pursue a master’s degree graduate program as well as study for the qualifying examination of the ACVR. Diagnostic imaging residents will participate in known case conference rounds, diagnostic imaging journal club, and daily diagnostic imaging rounds. Diagnostic imaging residents will have opportunities to attend conferences related to the field of diagnostic imaging. A full description of the residency program and a more specific breakdown of clinical duties is located on the ACVR website. Employment is determined on an annual basis, with continuation in the program dependent upon favorable periodic evaluations.

The Diagnostic imaging section at Purdue University currently employs two full-time board certified radiologists and one board-eligible radiologist. All radiologists have training in all modalities and diverse research interests. The section also employs four veterinary technicians with training in diagnostic imaging and one certified MRI/CT technician. The section currently has three small animal DR rooms, a large animal DR room, a 64 slice CT scanner, a digital fluoroscope, a gamma camera for nuclear imaging, and a 1.5T MRI scanner. The CT and MRI scanners are accessible to both large animal and small animal patients.

In addition to clinical training and responsibilities, residents will have the opportunity to develop clinical research techniques, writing skills and lecture preparation/delivery skills.  Involvement in a clinical, translational, or fundamental research project under the supervision of a senior faculty member is required.  Publication of the research findings in a refereed scientific journal is expected, and the manuscript must be accepted for publication before a residency certificate will be granted.  Residents are expected to present one seminar each year to the department and may also be required to present a small number of didactic lectures. Residents are expected to participate in the clinical teaching of interns, veterinary students and veterinary technician students and a commitment to further development of their teaching skills is expected.  Residents are required to enroll in a master of science degree program.

For additional information, contact: Dr. Hock Gan Heng, diagnostic imaging section.  Telephone (765)-494-9011, e-mail: hheng@purdue.edu.

The College of Veterinary Medicine at Purdue University values, nurtures, and respects all members of its community and ensures an environment of inclusive excellence where all students, faculty, and staff are inspired and empowered to achieve their full potential.

Purdue University is an EEO/AA employer fully committed to achieving a diverse work force.  All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

 

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Emergency and Critical Care

The small animal emergency and critical care (ECC) residency at Purdue University is a three-year program providing advanced training in emergency and critical care medicine that meets or exceeds the training requirements outlined by the ACVECC for board certification.  The majority of the three-year program is spent on the small animal emergency and critical care service with hands-on management of clinical cases while being directly supervised by board certified and board eligible diplomates in emergency and critical care.  The current emergency and critical care medicine faculty and their areas of interest are:

Elizabeth Thomovsky, DVM, MS, DACVECC: bedside diagnostic testing, transfusion medicine, critical care nutrition.

Aimee Brooks, DVM, MS, (Board Eligible): shock, trauma, mechanical ventilation, toxins, coagulation, TEG.

Paula A. Johnson, DVM (Board Eligible): trauma, sepsis/SIRS, mechanical ventilation, critical care nutrition.

The ECC residency is sustained by a broad caseload that is made up of a combination of local emergency, critical care and trauma cases as well as a diverse population of referral cases from the entire Midwest/Great Lakes region. The clinical aspects of the residency are supported by other hospital services such as anesthesiology, surgery, internal medicine, cardiology (including interventional), neurology, diagnostic imaging, clinical pathology, ophthalmology, radiation and medical oncology.  Each service offers a wide array of expertise in both diagnostic and treatment modalities.  Emergency and critical care residents will participate in biweekly morbidity and mortality rounds, biweekly small animal emergency and critical care journal club, and daily emergency and critical care rounds.

The resident will also spend a portion of their time at North Central Veterinary Emergency Center (NCVEC).  NCVEC is a well-established, well equipped, 24-hour emergency and critical care veterinary hospital located on Purdue University’s North Central campus in Westville, Indiana.  Time spent at NCVEC will satisfy the independent study time requirement.  It also provides an opportunity to further increase the resident’s exposure to a broad variety of emergent and ICU cases and allows the resident to have increased primary case responsibility including performing surgical procedures.  NCVEC is in the process of expanding its scope of services, and will in time incorporate specialists who will also participate in the training of ECC residents.  NCVEC is already well integrated into the local veterinary community and has a robust caseload, AAHA certification and state-of-the-art capabilities. 

In addition to clinical training and responsibilities, residents will have the opportunity to develop proficiency in clinical research techniques, writing skills and lecture preparation/ delivery.  Involvement in a clinical, translational, or fundamental research project under the supervision of a senior faculty member is required.  Publication of the research findings in a refereed scientific journal is expected, and the manuscript must be submitted for publication before a residency certificate will be granted.  Residents are expected to present one seminar each year to the department and will also be required to present a small number of didactic lectures.  Residents are expected to participate in the clinical teaching of interns, veterinary students and veterinary technician students. The resident will be required to complete a non-thesis master of science degree while doing their residency training.   Participation in the master of science degree program must be mutually agreed upon by the resident and mentor(s).  Candidates interested in pursuing a PhD may, with the endorsement of the faculty mentor(s), enroll in the clinical investigator program, which is designed to develop the capability to conduct clinical and/or fundamental research. The clinical investigator program strives to integrate residency training with research, and requires graduate study and laboratory experience beyond a three year clinical residency.  This program is a flexible, individualized course of study tailored to the career objective of the candidate and is contingent upon available funded research capabilities of the department, college, university and affiliated research centers.

Employment is on an annual basis, with continuation in the program being dependent upon favorable periodic evaluations.

The College of Veterinary Medicine at Purdue University values, nurtures, and respects all members of its community and ensures an environment of inclusive excellence where all students, faculty, and staff are inspired and empowered to achieve their full potential.

Purdue University is an EEO/AA employer fully committed to achieving a diverse work force.  All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

For additional information, contact: Dr. Elizabeth Thomovsky, Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care Medicine. Telephone: (765) 494-1107, e-mail: ethomovs@purdue.edu.

 

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Neurology

The neurology residency at Purdue University is a three-year program that is designed to provide advanced training in neurology and neurosurgery, and to satisfy the ACVIM residency requirements for board-certification in neurology.

The resident will participate in clinical rotations and assume primary responsibility for small animal patients.  Large animal patients are examined on a consultation basis.  The resident will participate in the neurological/neurosurgical emergency duty on a rotating basis among the neurology and small animal surgery residents.  The majority of time will be spent on clinical neurology/neurosurgery rotations, with additional rotations in related areas required for competency and board-certification.  Additional out-rotations at regional medical schools or hospitals may be arranged as available to observe additional neurology, neurosurgical, and/or electrophysiology procedures.  Residents are encouraged to pursue the ACVIM Neurosurgery Certificate of Training during their residency. 

Current small animal neurology faculty with respective clinical areas and research/special interests include:

R. Timothy Bentley, BVSc, DACVIM (Neurology)

  • Clinical Area: medical neurology and neurosurgery
  • Research: brain tumors and neuroradiology

Amy Fauber, DVM, MS, DACVS, DACVIM (Neurology)

  • Clinical Area: medical neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery
  • Research: spinal biomechanics, spinal stabilization techniques, neuropathic and chronic orthopedic pain management

Stephanie Thomovsky, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Neurology), CCRP

  • Clinical Area: medical neurology and neurosurgery, physical rehabilitation
  • Research: rehabilitation of the post-operative neurologic patient, paroxysmal dyskinesias

The neurology service is part of the small animal surgery section and is strongly supported by the surgery faculty.

Purdue University Veterinary Teaching Hospital is a well-equipped, full service veterinary referral hospital.  Clinical facilities include electrodiagnostic capabilities, gait analysis, fully-equipped surgical suites for spinal and intracranial procedures, and minimally-invasive surgical equipment.  Advanced diagnostic imaging facilities on-site include fluoroscopy, nuclear medicine, 64-slice CT scanner, and 1.5T MRI.  An in-house linear accelerator is available for radiation therapy.

In addition to clinical training and responsibilities, residents will have the opportunity to develop clinical research techniques, writing skills and lecture preparation/delivery skills.  Involvement in a clinical, translational, or fundamental research project under the supervision of a faculty member is required.  Publication of the research findings in a refereed scientific journal is expected, and the manuscript must be submitted for publication before a residency certificate will be granted.  Residents are expected to present one seminar each year to the department and may also be required to present a small number of student lectures (1-2 per year).  Residents are expected to participate in the clinical teaching of junior residents, interns, veterinary students and veterinary technician students and a commitment to further development of their teaching skills is expected.  Residents are required to enroll in the department’s Clinical and Translational Research Master of Science degree program unless they already have a post-graduate degree and non-enrollment is approved by the department head. The M.S. graduate program (thesis or non-thesis option) is designed to develop the resident's ability to conduct clinical and translational research and augments the residency program. Candidates also may, with the agreement of the faculty mentor(s), enroll in a combined residency/PhD program.

Performance reviews will be conducted every six months, with annual renewal of employment contingent on satisfactory review of clinical performance, academic knowledge, and professional/ethical conduct.  A residency certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of the program.

Applicants should submit a completed AAVC application form, curriculum vitae, a brief letter of intent, veterinary college transcript and three to five letters of recommendation from faculty or employers familiar with the candidate’s clinical knowledge and skills.

Interviews are strongly encouraged and considered upon request from qualified candidates.  To request an interview, please email your interview request to Dr. Tim Bentley at: rbentley@purdue.edu.  The faculty will review your completed application and will then determine whether an interview will be arranged.

The College of Veterinary Medicine at Purdue University values, nurtures, and respects all members of its community and ensures an environment of inclusive excellence where all students, faculty, and staff are inspired and empowered to achieve their full potential.

Purdue University is an EEO/AA employer fully committed to achieving a diverse work force.  All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

 
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Small Animal Internal Medicine

The small animal internal medicine residency at Purdue University is a three-year program providing advanced training in internal medicine that meets or exceeds the training requirements outlined by the ACVIM for board certification. The majority of the three-year program is spent on the small animal internal medicine service directly supervised by board-certified diplomates in internal medicine. The caseload consists primarily of referrals from clinics throughout Indiana and surrounding states as well as referrals from our after-hours emergency service. The current internal medicine faculty and their areas of interest are:

Larry Adams, DVM, PhD, DACVIM; nephrology/urology

Lynn Guptill, DVM, PhD, DACVIM; infectious disease, infection control

Nolie Parnell, DVM, DACVIM; gastroenterology/nutrition

Catharine Scott-Moncrieff, Vet MB, MS, DACVIM; endocrinology, immune-mediated disease

George Moore, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (small animal internal medicine), DACVPM (epidemiology, clinical trials, and preventative medicine) also regularly participates in the training of small animal internal medicine residents.

This three-year program provides advanced clinical training that prepares the candidate for academia or private specialty practice. Clinical training and board preparation are supported through daily resident-faculty patient rounds and a weekly small animal internal medicine journal club. Additionally, faculty-led board preparation didactic sessions assist our residents in successfully achieving ACVIM certification. The case load at Purdue University’s College of Veterinary Medicine is diverse with particular emphasis in the areas of endocrinology, gastroenterology, infectious disease, nephrology, urology, and immune-mediated diseases. Internal medicine residents will become proficient in advanced medicine diagnostic techniques such as endoscopy, cystoscopy, and rhinoscopy. Residents will also have the opportunity to develop their skills in interventional endoscopy, interpretation of CT and MRI, and diagnostic ultrasound. Interaction with ancillary laboratories and services, including clinical pathology and diagnostic imaging (which offers digital radiography, ultrasonography, MRI, CT, and nuclear medicine) are a daily part of the resident’s training. Advanced techniques available at Purdue include laser and extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy, molecular diagnosis of infectious disease, and minimally invasive urology. Specialty rotations included in the training of all small animal medicine residents include diagnostic imaging, cardiology, oncology, emergency/critical care, clinical pathology, and neurology. Optional rotations include ophthalmology, dermatology, behavior, and radiation oncology, or alternatively, with approval of the resident’s mentor and department head, this time may be used for supervised training at other institutions or specialty practices which provide additional opportunities not available at Purdue (e.g. hemodialysis).

In addition to clinical training and responsibilities, residents will develop clinical research techniques, writing skills and lecture preparation/delivery skills. Involvement in a clinical, translational, or fundamental research project under the supervision of a senior faculty member is required. Publication of the research findings in a refereed scientific journal is expected, and the manuscript must be submitted for publication before a residency certificate will be granted. Residents develop skills necessary for presenting research-based material on a national level through participation in a college-wide seminar series once per year. Residents also actively participate in pre-clinical didactic lectures in internal medicine based core classes, problem based learning curriculum, and clinical rotation student rounds to develop their instructional abilities. Residents are required to enroll in the department's Clinical and Translational Research Master of Science degree program unless they already have a post-graduate degree and non-enrollment is approved by the department head. The M.S. graduate program (thesis or non-thesis option) is designed to develop the resident's ability to conduct clinical and translational research.

Candidates interested in pursuing a PhD may, with the agreement of the faculty mentor(s), enroll in the clinical investigator program.  The clinical investigator program strives to integrate residency training with research, and requires graduate study and laboratory experience beyond a three year clinical residency. This program is a flexible, individualized course of study tailored to the career objective of the candidate and is contingent upon available funded research capabilities of the department, college, university and affiliated research centers.

The College of Veterinary Medicine at Purdue University values, nurtures, and respects all members of its community and ensures an environment of inclusive excellence where all students, faculty, and staff are inspired and empowered to achieve their full potential.

Purdue University is an EEO/AA employer fully committed to achieving a diverse work force.  All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

For additional information, contact: Dr. Lynn Guptill, Residency Program Director, Small Animal Internal Medicine. Telephone: (765) 494-9900, e-mail: guptillc@purdue.edu.

 

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Small Animal Surgery

The small animal surgery residency at Purdue University is a three-year program that is designed to provide broad advanced training in small animal surgery and to satisfy the ACVS residency requirements.  Individuals interested in pursuing an academic career are especially encouraged to apply.

Residents rotate between the orthopedic surgery and general surgery services as well as the neurology/neurosurgery service.  Residents manage patients under the direct supervision of faculty.  For a portion of the third year, the chief resident, with faculty backup, will be in charge of the orthopedic and general surgery services.  The resident will participate in the surgical emergency duty rotation for soft tissue, orthopedic and neurosurgical cases throughout the program, and will be compensated for seeing after-hours emergency cases.  The majority of the first year will be spent on the surgical services with periods of off-clinic time in the second and third years, as needed, to pursue the graduate program.  The clinical aspect of the residency is supported by a diverse referral surgical caseload and other hospital services such as anesthesia, internal medicine, critical care, cardiology, imaging, radiation oncology and medical oncology; each offering a wide array of expertise in diagnostic and treatment capabilities.  Surgery residents participate in alternating biweekly morbidity and mortality rounds, biweekly small animal surgery journal club, and daily surgery rounds.  Employment is on an annual basis, with continuation in the program dependent upon favorable periodic evaluations.

In addition to clinical training and responsibilities, residents will have the opportunity to develop clinical research techniques, writing skills and lecture preparation/delivery skills.  Involvement in a clinical, translational, or fundamental research project under the supervision of a faculty member is required.  Publication of the research findings in a refereed scientific journal is expected, and the manuscript must be submitted for publication before a residency certificate will be granted.  Residents are expected to present one seminar each year to the department and may also be required to present a small number of student lectures (1-2 per year).  Residents are expected to participate in the clinical teaching of junior residents, interns, veterinary students and veterinary technician students and a commitment to further development of their teaching skills is expected.  Residents are required to enroll in the department's Clinical and Translational Research Master of Science degree program unless they already have a post-graduate degree and non-enrollment is approved by the department head. The M.S. graduate program (thesis or non-thesis option) is designed to develop the resident's ability to conduct clinical and translational research and augments the residency program. Candidates also may, with the agreement of the faculty mentor(s), enroll in a combined residency/PhD program.

Applicants should follow the AAVC application instructions to produce a: 1) completed AAVC application form, 2) complete curriculum vitae, 3)  brief letter of intent, 4) veterinary college transcript and 5) request three letters of recommendation from faculty and/or employers familiar with the candidate’s background, clinical knowledge and skills. 

Interviews are strongly encouraged and are by invitation only. In order to be considered for an interview the AAVC application, including letters of recommendation, must be submitted on time.  The surgery faculty will review your completed application and determine whether an interview will be arranged.  Interview notification will be emailed by mid-December and most interviews will be conducted during the second and third week of January 2015.

The College of Veterinary Medicine at Purdue University values, nurtures, and respects all members of its community and ensures an environment of inclusive excellence where all students, faculty, and staff are inspired and empowered to achieve their full potential.

Purdue University is an EEO/AA employer fully committed to achieving a diverse work force.  All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

 
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Large Animal Residencies

Large Animal Internal Medicine

The Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences is seeking applications for a resident in large animal medicine.  The three-year residency program will begin July 15, 2015 and will end July 13, 2018.  Minimum qualifications include graduation from an AVMA listed college of veterinary medicine, and one year spent in a rotating internship or equivalent practice experience.

The large animal internal medicine residency at Purdue University is a three-year clinical program providing advanced training in medicine with a primary aim of ACVIM certification.  The majority of this three-year program will be spent in the internal medicine service working with four board-certified specialists and two other LAM residents.  Residents will be expected to participate in the after-hours emergency schedule along with the other residents, and will receive additional compensation for time spent seeing emergency cases. The majority of the caseload seen by the resident will be referrals with the remainder to be comprised of animals from the local community.  An average of 1800 cases per year is presented to the Large Animal Hospital.  Although all species of domestic and exotic large animals are seen, horses are most heavily represented (65%).

Residents will be expected to become proficient in advanced diagnostics including: endoscopy, ultrasound, and biopsy techniques.  Daily exposure to ancillary laboratories and services including clinical pathology and diagnostic imaging (radiography, ultrasonography, scintigraphy, CT, and MRI) and interaction with board certified diplomates of many different disciplines will help round out the training of the resident.  Preparation for board certification in internal medicine is expected and supported.

While most of the time will be spent in the medicine service, options for specialty rotations include: clinical pathology, radiology, ophthalmology, herd health, diagnostic pathology, and behavior among others.  Depending upon the residents' interests, out-rotations to other academic institutions or specialist practices, which provide additional opportunities not available at Purdue may be arranged with approval of the resident’s mentor and the department head.

In addition to clinical training and responsibilities, residents will have the opportunity to develop clinical research techniques, writing skills and lecture preparation/delivery skills.  Involvement in a clinical, translational, or fundamental research project under the supervision of a senior faculty member is required.  Publication of the research findings in a refereed scientific journal is expected, and the manuscript must be submitted for publication before a residency certificate will be granted.  Residents are expected to present one seminar each year to the department and may also be required to present a small number of didactic lectures. Residents are expected to participate in the clinical teaching of veterinary students and veterinary technician students, and a commitment to further development of their teaching skills is expected. 

Residents are required to enroll in the department's Clinical and Translational Research Master of Science degree program unless they already have a post-graduate degree and non-enrollment is approved by the department head. The MS graduate program (thesis or non-thesis option) is designed to develop the resident's ability to conduct clinical and translational research and augments the residency program. The primary goal of the advanced degree program is to prepare residents for successful careers in academia, research, specialty clinical practice, government, or industry. By the end of the program residents will be able to:  1) understand the scientific method; 2) effectively communicate in their field of study; 3) think critically and creatively about problems in their field of study; and 4) conduct their activities in an ethical and responsible manner. Candidates interested in pursuing a PhD may, with the agreement of the faculty mentor(s), enroll in a combined post-DVM residency/PhD program.  For additional information, please visit the VCS Graduate Program web site.  Learn more >>

The College of Veterinary Medicine at Purdue University values, nurtures, and respects all members of its community and ensures an environment of inclusive excellence where all students, faculty, and staff are inspired and empowered to achieve their full potential.

Purdue University is an EEO/AA employer fully committed to achieving a diverse work force.  All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

 

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Large Animal Surgery

The large animal surgical residency at Purdue University is a three-year clinical program providing advanced training in surgery that meets or exceeds the training requirements outlined by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS). To review the ACVS residency requirements visit the ACVS website. The majority of the three-year program will be spent in the large animal surgical service working with four board certified specialists in large animal surgery. The case load is diverse with a variety of large animal species being treated. We have experienced no problems in reaching the minimum case requirements set forth by the ACVS. Horses make up approximately 75% of the case load and include horses involved in racing (Thoroughbred and Standardbred), western performance, dressage, and jumping. Food animals constitute roughly 20% of the case load and camelids and other species (pigs and exotics) making up the final 5% of cases admitted to the large animal hospital. The large animal surgical faculty have special interests in orthopedic, gastrointestinal, upper respiratory, lasers, and food animal/camelid surgery. Surgical residents will become proficient in advanced diagnostic techniques including: lameness evaluation, diagnostic imaging (digital radiography, computed tomography, MRI, and nuclear scintigraphy), and laparoscopy. Daily exposure to ancillary laboratories and services include: large animal internal medicine (4 ACVIM diplomates), diagnostic imaging, and clinical pathology. The following equipment is available for diagnostic and therapeutic use: video endoscopy, fluoroscopy, shock wave lithotripsy, carbon dioxide and diode lasers,laparoscopy, high speed treadmill, and locking plate application capability. It is the intent of the three year program to provide advanced clinical training that will enable the candidate to be qualified for either academic or private specialty practice. Specialty rotations include radiology, pathology, anesthesia, and internal medicine. Large animal surgical residents function as a team consisting of senior faculty, fellow residents, technicians, and senior veterinary students. Residents are expected to share emergency responsibilities with fellow house officers (large animal surgical and internal medicine residents). Third year surgical residents, pending satisfactory completion of the first two years of their program, function as primary emergency surgeons and have primary case responsibility.

In addition to clinical training and responsibilities, residents will have ample opportunity to develop clinical research techniques, writing skills, and lecture preparation/delivery skills. Involvement in a clinical, translational, or fundamental research project under the supervision of a senior faculty member (resident advisor) is required. The resident advisor must be chosen within the first month of the residency program. Publication of the research findings in a referred scientific journal (on the approved journal list of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons) is expected, and the manuscript must be accepted for publication before a residency certificate will be granted. Residents are expected to present one seminar each year to the department and may also be required to present a small number of didactic lectures. Residents are expected to participate in the clinical teaching of senior students, and veterinary technician students and a commitment to further development of their teaching skills is expected. Residents are required to enroll in the department's Clinical and Translational Research Master of Science degree program unless they already have a post-graduate degree and non-enrollment is approved by the department head. The M.S. graduate program (thesis or non-thesis option) is designed to develop the resident's ability to conduct clinical and translational research and augments the residency program. Candidates interested in pursuing a PhD may, with the agreement of the resident advisor, enroll in the Clinical Investigator Program, which is designed to develop the capability to conduct clinical or basic research, often in collaboration with researchers in non-clinical departments within the College of Veterinary Medicine. The program strives to integrate residency training with research, and requires graduate study and laboratory experience beyond the first three years. This program is a flexible, individualized course of study tailored to the career objective of the candidate and contingent upon available funded research capabilities of the department, college, university, and affiliated research centers.

For additional information, contact: Dr. Jan F. Hawkins, Large Animal Surgery. Telephone: (765) 494-8563, email: hawkinsj@purdue.edu.

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Internships

Small Animal Rotating Internship

The small animal rotating internship at Purdue University is a 12.5-month clinical program (0.5 month orientation and 12 months clinical training) providing advanced clinical training in medicine, surgery, emergency medicine, and other specialties on an elective basis. The program is designed to qualify the individual for entry into an approved residency program leading to board certification in a recognized veterinary specialty. 

Under the direct guidance and supervision of senior faculty members each intern will work a minimum of 12 weeks in internal medicine and surgery respectively, and 6-9 weeks of electives. Elective options allow for clinical experience in other specialties within the hospital as well as further experience in the core rotations (internal medicine, surgery, and emergency medicine). Elective options include anesthesiology, cardiology, clinical pathology, community practice (wellness clinic and exotics), dermatology, diagnostic imaging, emergency and critical care, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, and radiation oncology. Approximately 9 weeks will be spent on emergency duty – time is spent on day or night time services. Interns are required to remain in the hospital overnight when on night emergency duty during which time each intern will be responsible for both referral emergency cases and duties in the small animal intensive care unit. Presentation of one 45-minute seminar to an audience of faculty, house officers, and students is required. Submission of article manuscript for publication in a scientific journal is strongly recommended, but not required. Interns are expected to attend weekly one-hour lectures specifically tailored for interns and participate in journal and book club activities on a regular basis. 

Each intern is assigned a mentor who provides guidance and serves as a liaison throughout the program. A certificate will be awarded upon satisfactory completion of the program. Benefits include 22 days of vacation, health insurance, and professional liability insurance. Additional financial compensation is provided for night emergency cases. Indiana licensure is not required for participation in this program; however, due to length of time to obtain international visas, you must be a citizen of the United States, Canada, or Mexico to qualify for this position.

For additional information, contact: Dr. Henry Green, Chair, Intern Committee. Telephone: (765) 494-5855 or (765) 494-1107, email: greenh@purdue.edu.

The College of Veterinary Medicine at Purdue University values, nurtures, and respects all members of its community and ensures an environment of inclusive excellence where all students, faculty, and staff are inspired and empowered to achieve their full potential.

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Small Animal Rotating Internship, Diversity

The small animal rotating internship at Purdue University is a 12.5-month clinical program (0.5 month orientation and 12 months clinical training) providing advanced clinical training in medicine, surgery, emergency medicine, and other specialties on an elective basis. The program is designed to qualify the individual for entry into an approved residency program leading to board certification in a recognized veterinary specialty. Applicants applying for this position should include a statement in their cover letter addressing how they would provide diversity to veterinary medicine and why they should be considered for the diversity position. Alternatively, this can be provided in a separate letter and sent to the email address given below.

Under the direct guidance and supervision of senior faculty members, each intern will work a minimum of 12 weeks in internal medicine and surgery respectively, and 6-9 weeks of electives. Elective options allow for clinical experience in other specialties within the hospital as well as further experience in the core rotations (internal medicine, surgery, and emergency medicine). Elective options include anesthesiology, cardiology, clinical pathology, community practice (wellness clinic and exotics), dermatology, diagnostic imaging, emergency and critical care, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, and radiation oncology. Approximately 9 weeks will be spent on emergency duty – time is spent on day or night time services. Interns are required to remain in the hospital overnight when on night emergency duty during which time each intern will be responsible for both referral emergency cases and duties in the small animal intensive care unit. Presentation of one 45-minute seminar to an audience of faculty, house officers, and students is required. Submission of a manuscript for publication in a scientific journal is strongly recommended but not required. Interns are expected to attend weekly one-hour lectures specifically tailored for interns and participate in journal and book club activities on a regular basis.

Each intern is assigned a mentor who provides guidance and serves as a liaison throughout the program. A certificate will be awarded upon satisfactory completion of the program. Benefits include 22 days of vacation, health insurance, and professional liability insurance. Additional financial compensation is provided for night emergency cases. Indiana licensure is not required for participation in this program; however, you must be a citizen of the United States or its territories to qualify for this position.

For additional information, contact: Dr. Henry Green, Chair, Intern Committee. Telephone: (765) 494-5855 or (765) 494-1107, email: greenh@purdue.edu. Address: 625 Harrison Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907.

The College of Veterinary Medicine at Purdue University values, nurtures, and respects all members of its community and ensures an environment of inclusive excellence where all students, faculty, and staff are inspired and empowered to achieve their full potential.

Purdue University is an EEO/AA employer fully committed to achieving a diverse work force.  All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

 
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Small Animal Rotating Internship, Shelter Medicine

The shelter medicine internship at Purdue University is a 12.5-month program (0.5 month orientation and 12 months training) providing advanced training in shelter medicine and surgery.  The program is designed to prepare the intern for an approved residency program leading to eventual board certification in shelter medicine.

The shelter medicine program will take place primarily in collaboration with our Priority 4 Paws Mobile Service to shelter animals, which calls on approximately 13 shelters within driving distance of Purdue.  Under the direct guidance and supervision of senior faculty members, the intern will work a minimum of 30 weeks in shelter medicine and surgery.  The shelter medicine intern will perform high quality-high volume sterilization procedures on shelter animals and mentor fourth year students in that capacity. The intern will participate in shelter consults, shelter staff training, the development of shelter protocols and case management.  Through shelter visits and working under supervision, the intern will perform site assessments and assist with infectious disease prevention and control. The intern will also become familiar with the topics of exotics in a shelter environment, veterinary forensics, animal cruelty, and the role of shelter and community programs.

The intern will also have additional assigned rotations in the Purdue University Veterinary Teaching Hospital in ophthalmology (3 weeks) and community practice which includes dermatology and  behavior (3 weeks), dentistry (3 weeks), and 6 weeks of elective rotations to be chosen from dentistry, neurology, general and orthopedic surgery, anesthesiology, small animal medicine and independent study. The topic for independent study requires prior approval. Approximately 3 weeks will be spent on the emergency and critical care service with time spent on day or night shifts. Interns are required to remain in the hospital overnight when on the night emergency shift, during which time the intern will be responsible for both referral emergency cases and duties in the small animal intensive care unit.

Presentation of one 45-minute seminar to an audience of faculty, house officers, and students is required. Submission of one article for publication in a scientific journal is strongly recommended. Interns are expected to attend weekly one-hour lectures specifically tailored for interns and participate in journal and book club activities as time permits. Attendance at a national meeting of shelter medicine veterinarians is highly encouraged.

Each intern is assigned a mentor who provides guidance and serves as a liaison throughout the program. A certificate will be awarded upon satisfactory completion of the program. Benefits include 22 days of vacation, health insurance, and professional liability insurance. Additional financial compensation is provided for night emergency cases. Indiana licensure is not required for participation in this program; however, due to the length of time needed to obtain international visas, you must be a citizen of the United States, Canada, or Mexico to qualify for this position.

Duties and Responsibilities:
  1. Full participation in the Priority 4 Paws mobile surgical program.
  2. Perform sterilization surgeries on shelter animals and mentor fourth year students in that capacity.
  3. Perform examinations, and mentor fourth year students performing exams on shelter animals as is necessary.
  4. Coordinate discharge instructions and owner education for shelter animals with the fourth year veterinary students.
  5. Visit animal shelters and participate in shelter consults using the ASV Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal SheltersHelp shelters meet these standards by evaluating and implementing infectious disease prevention protocols, housing standards, behavioral standards, including behavioral enrichment programs and behavioral assessments, and coordinating staff education and training.
  6. Travel to other shelters as is necessary for exposure to disease outbreak investigation, animal cruelty cases, and forensics study (may have to drive—transportation expenses will be reimbursed).
  7. Be available for shelter consultations and to answer questions from shelters regarding case management (including shared weekend and after-hours care).
  8. Timely completion of medical records.
  9. Other duties, as assigned.
Minimum Acceptable Qualifications:
  1. Successful completion of a DVM (or equivalent) program accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association.
  2. Interest in the field of shelter medicine.
  3. A valid Indiana driver’s license within 30 days of starting the internship.
  4. Maintain a cell phone with text capabilities.
  5. Due to the length of time to obtain international visas, you must be a citizen of the United States, Canada or Mexico to qualify for this position.

For additional information, contact: Dr. Carol Fellenstein, Chair, Shelter Medicine Intern Committee. Telephone: (765) 494-1107, email: cfellens@purdue.edu.   Email is the preferred form of communication.

The College of Veterinary Medicine at Purdue University values, nurtures, and respects all members of its community and ensures an environment of inclusive excellence where all students, faculty, and staff are inspired and empowered to achieve their full potential.

Purdue University is an EEO/AA employer fully committed to achieving a diverse work force.  All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

 

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