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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. 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 may 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, Food Animal Production Medicine, Large Animal Medicine, Large Animal Surgery, Neurology, Small Animal Medicine, Small Animal Surgery, and Theriogenology.

Internships are offered by the 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.


2014-2015 Programs

Small Animal Residencies

Large Animal Residencies

Internships


Small Animal Residencies

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 diplomats 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.

Anthony Johnson, DVM, DACVECC: Trauma, transfusion medicine and blood banking, mechanical ventilation, and pain control.

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 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 in to 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.

Purdue University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse work force. 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.

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 / Neurosurgery

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.  At the end of the program, residents are expected to have proficiency in neurology, neurosurgery, neuropathology, neuroanatomy, clinical pathology, electrophysiology, and neuroradiology.

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, orthopedics

Research: spinal biomechanics, spinal stabilization techniques, neuropathic and chronic orthopedic pain management

Michael Reese, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Neurology)

Clinical Area: medical neurology and neurosurgery

Research: brain tumors and intracranial fungal disease

The neurology service is part of the small animal surgery section and is strongly supported in addition by seven board-certified surgery faculty.

Purdue University Veterinary Teaching Hospital is a well-equipped, full service veterinary referral hospital.  Clinical facilities include electrophysiological 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, helical 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 and a copy of your CV and letter of intent to Dr. Tim Bentley at rbentley@purdue.edu.  The faculty will review your request and will then determine whether an interview will be arranged.

Purdue University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse work force.  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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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, 2014, and will end July 14, 2017.  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 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.

Purdue University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse work force.  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.  Employment is on an annual basis with continuation in the program dependent upon satisfactory periodic evaluations.

Applicants should send a complete CV, a brief letter of intent describing their career goals and reasons for applying for this residency program, veterinary college transcript, and 3 letters of recommendation.  Applications should be mailed to:

Ms. Jessica Sheely
Purdue University
Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences
Lynn Hall of Veterinary Medicine
625 Harrison Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2026

Review of applications will begin December 1, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled.  For additional information, contact Ms. Patty Bonney (bonney@purdue.edu), Purdue Comparative Oncology Program.  Telephone (765) 494-1130.

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Radiation Oncology

The Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Purdue University invites applications for a Radiation Oncology Residency Program.  The three-year residency program will begin July 15, 2014, and will end July 14, 2017.  Applicants are required to have a DVM or equivalent degree and either a rotating internship or equivalent internship or practice experience.  This program is designed to provide advanced training in veterinary radiation oncology and to meet or exceed the ACVR requirements for board certification in the specialty of radiation oncology.  Training will include conformal treatment planning and intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT).  Responsibilities of the resident include providing compassionate clinical patient care under the supervision of a faculty member, the medical care of patients in clinical trials, and participation in rounds and seminars as scheduled by the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences.  Residents are expected to participate in the clinical teaching of interns, veterinary students and veterinary technology students and a commitment to further development of their teaching skills is expected.  Radiation oncology residents will present at least one seminar each year to the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences and may also be asked to present a small number of didactic lectures. The majority of the clinical segment will be spent in the radiation oncology service and the majority of the caseload seen by the resident will be radiation oncology referrals.  The resident will also rotate through the medical oncology service and the diagnostic imaging service.  Rotations through other services may be permitted as well.  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 required to enroll in the department 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.  This three-year residency can lead into the optional Clinical Investigator Program that combines training in radiation oncology with additional course work and basic research experience.  Candidates interested in pursuing a PhD may, with the agreement of the faculty mentor, enroll in the Clinical Investigator Program, which provides advanced training in clinical or fundamental research.  The Clinical Investigator Program integrates residency training with research, and requires graduate study and laboratory experience beyond the first three years.  The Clinical Investigator 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.  Candidates for the Clinical Investigator Program will earn a PhD degree in addition to preparing for board certification.  Purdue University provides a very rich environment for anyone interested in oncological sciences.  Applicants should send a complete resume, a brief letter of intent describing their career goals and reasons for applying for this residency program, veterinary college transcript, and three letters of recommendation.

Appointments will be made for 12 months with annual renewal based on satisfactory completion of the previous year.  A certificate of residency is awarded to the candidate upon successful completion of the training program.

Review of applications will begin December 1, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled.  Employment is on an annual basis with continuation in the program dependent upon satisfactory periodic evaluations.  For additional information, contact: Dr. Jean M. Poulson at jpoulson@purdue.edu.  Telephone: (765) 494-1107. Radiation Oncology Services>>

Purdue University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse work force.  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 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 five 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

Andrew Bugbee, DVM, DACVIM; endocrinology

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

Additional faculty members who regularly participate in the training of small animal internal medicine residents include: Annette Litster BVSc, PhD, FACVSc (feline medicine), MMedSci (clinical epidemiology), and George Moore, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (internal medicine), DACVPM (epidemiology, clinical trials, and preventative medicine).

This three-year program provides advanced clinical training that prepares the candidate for academia or private specialty practice.  Emphasis is given to resident clinical training and board preparation through daily resident-faculty patient rounds and a weekly service journal club.  Additionally, faculty-led board preparation didactic sessions work to 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, diagnostic ultrasound, and echocardiography.  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 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 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 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 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.

Purdue University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse work force.  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.

For additional information, contact: Dr. Catharine Scott-Moncrieff, Residency Director, Small Animal Internal Medicine. Telephone: (765) 494-9900, e-mail: scottmon@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 greater periods of off-clinic time in the second and third years 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.

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

Tim Bentley, BVSc, DACVIM (Neurology)

Clinical Area: medical neurology and neurosurgery

Research: brain tumors, neuroradiology

Gert Breur, DVM, PhD, DACVS

Clinical Area: orthopedics, neurosurgery

Research: biocompatibility, gait analysis, arthritis, pediatric orthopedic diseases

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

Clinical Area: orthopedics, medical neurology and neurosurgery

Research: spinal biomechanics, spinal stabilization techniques, pain management

Lyn Freeman, DVM, MS, DACVS

Clinical Area: soft tissue

Research: minimally invasive surgery, wound healing

Nic Lambrechts, DECVS

Clinical Area: orthopedics and neurosurgery

Research: muscle diseases, spinal biomechanics

Gary Lantz, DVM, DACVS, DAVDC

Clinical Area: soft tissue, oral/maxillofacial surgery, dentistry

Research Interests: biomaterials

Ralph Millard, DVM, MS, DACVS

Clinical Area: orthopedics and soft tissue

Research: open fractures, minimally invasive techniques

Michael Reese DVM, MS, DACVIM (Neurology)

Clinical Area: medical neurology and neurosurgery

Research: brain tumors and intracranial fungal disease

Heather Towle-Millard, DVM, MS, DACVS

Clinical Area: soft tissue

Research: clinical instruction, minimally invasive surgery, orthopedic conditions

Kathy Salisbury, DVM, MS, DACVS

Administration

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 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.  In addition to these standard application materials filed through AAVC, Purdue requires submission of the Small Animal Surgery Residency Supplemental Application Form.

Interviews are strongly encouraged and are by invitation only. In order to be considered for an interview, the supplemental application must be submitted by December 2, 2013, and your AAVC application, including letters of recommendation, must be submitted on time. Submission of the supplemental form will be considered a request for an interview.  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, 2014.

Purdue University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse work force.  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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Large Animal Residencies

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, click here.  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, and nuclear scintigraphy), and laparoscopy.  Daily exposure to ancillary laboratories and services including: large animal internal medicine (3 ACVIM Diplomates), diagnostic imaging (6 ACVR Diplomates), 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, anesthesiology, 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 interns, 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 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.

Purdue University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse work force.  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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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 anesthesia, cardiology, clinical pathology, community practice (wellness clinic and exotics), dermatology, diagnostic imaging, emergency 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 one article for publication in a scientific journal is strongly recommended but not required.  Interns are expected to attend a 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 ($2,000-$3,000 for interns in 2011-2012).  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

Purdue University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse work force.  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.

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 anesthesia, cardiology, clinical pathology, community practice (wellness clinic and exotics), dermatology, diagnostic imaging, emergency 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 one article for publication in a scientific journal is strongly recommended but not required.  Interns are expected to attend a 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 ($2,000-$3,000 for interns in 2012-2013).  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.  625 Harrison Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907.

Purdue University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse work force.  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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