Large Animal Field Services/ Medicine/ Surgery Rotating Internship
UGA-Large Animal Vet Med
Location: Athens, Georgia
Type: Avenues Internship
Preferred Education: 4 Year Degree
The Department of Large Animal Medicine at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine invites applications for a rotating large animal field services and hospital internship position.
The internship program is a post-DVM training designed to provide the successful candidate with a broad learning experience in general practice (medicine and surgery) with the predominate caseload being in an ambulatory setting. The program is suited to a wide range of recently graduated veterinarians interested in almost all aspects of large animal practice.
This program is intended to prepare individuals for either high-quality private practice or residency training programs in large animal medicine (ACVIM), surgery (ACVS), general practice (ABVP), sports medicine and rehabilitation (ACVSMR), theriogenology (ACT) or diagnostic imaging (ACVR).
Large animal field services provide care for both the individual animal as well as herd health. Providing daytime and emergency services for small ruminant, camelid, swine, cattle, and equine patients. Theriogenology service additionally provides small animal care specific to reproduction and breeding management (minimal).
Interns should expect to advance their technical skills, clinical decision-making, imaging skills, and clinical teaching skills in a service-oriented format under the direct supervision of senior clinical faculty and/or residents.
Interns will assist with daytime caseload, help manage any in-house patients admitted through the service, as well as share after-hours emergency care with the other Field Services house officers (not to exceed 1/3).
Hospital portion of the internship will mainly consist of rotations on Large Animal Surgery and Large Animal Internal Medicine; however, candidate will have additional opportunities for electives on other services if desired (Theriogenology, Ophthalmology, Anesthesia, and Diagnostic Imaging).
The Large Animal Teaching Hospital caseload including outpatients and inpatients is between 2750 and 3500 per year. It is approximately 80% equine and 20% cattle, small ruminants, pigs, and new world camelids. The Hospital is well equipped with endoscopic equipment (flexible and rigid endoscopes), shock wave, ultrasound, radiography, nuclear scintigraphy, CT, and MRI.
Opportunities for research involvement and publication exist for interested candidates, however, is not required.
DVM degree or equivalent
Successful candidates must obtain a license to practice veterinary medicine in Georgia. A faculty license may be obtained without examination for $10. The faculty license allows the intern to practice only in the Teaching Hospital.
To obtain a regular license in Georgia, the individual must take the Georgia State Board examination and be a graduate of an accredited institution or have completed the requirements of the ECFVG program of the AVMA
Additionally, a U.S. Driver’s License is required prior to entering the program.
The internship is a non-degree graduate program leading to an official University certificate of internship. Tuition for this program is reduced to $25 per semester, but fees are the responsibility of the individual (approximately $3,250 in 2020).
Successful applicants must apply to the University of Georgia Graduate School online. Details can be found at http://www.uga.edu/gradschool/index.html and click “Prospective Students.” There is a one-time application fee ($75 domestic students/ and $100 international students in 2022-2023). Foreign students will be required to take and pass the TOFL examination.
As required by University of Georgia policy, the successful candidate will be subject to background investigation. The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status.
The application deadline is October 31, 2021, 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time. Late applications will not be accepted.
Applicants will be notified by November 15, 2021 as to whether or not they will receive an interview. Interviews may be conducted virtually between late November and early December.
The starting date is 06/17/2022 and ending date is 06/30/2023.
To officially apply the applicant must send the following:
A letter of intent that states why the UGA Large Animal Field Services (Equine Emphasis) internship program is desired and how it will help the applicant achieve future career goals
Transcript of grades including documentation of graduation
Three letters of recommendation from persons that are familiar with the applicant’s qualifications
TOEFL scores if the applicant is not from a country where English is the primary language
Applications will NOT be submitted through the Veterinary Intern/Residency Matching Program. Instead, all application materials and reference letters should be sent directly via email to the intern coordinator Dr. Allison K. Dockery, email@example.com.
All of our programs are clinical-based and allow you to gain valuable hands-on experience by assisting our board-certified clinicians with the care of animals presented to the large animal side of our Veterinary Teaching Hospital. The large animal caseload includes around 3,000 animal visits per year with approximately 85% of those being equine. The remainder of the patients you will see vary from cattle and small ruminants to new world camelids and the occasional pot bellied pig.