Small Animal Emergency Medicine

Objectives of the program: The objectives of this program are to train individuals to be excellent emergency clinicians with a focus on the development of critical thinking. The caseload exposes the interns to a broad variety of cases with ample opportunity to observe and participate in cutting edge veterinary medicine. It is excellent training for future residents as well as those seeking a career in emergency medicine. Of the 9 interns that have completed the program to date, 4 are currently in residencies and 5 are in private practice.

Clinical and Teaching Responsibilities
The majority of the clinical commitment will be after hours emergency receiving. While on clinic duty the emergency intern will receive all emergency cases and provide immediate stabilization and diagnostic procedures. The intern will be responsible for the entire case management of mild and moderately ill patients, while severely ill or injured patients will be managed with the assistance of an Emergency and Critical Care (ECC) resident and/or faculty member. An ECC resident and faculty member are available for back up at all times.  Interns are responsible for client communications, referring veterinarian communications and maintenance of a high quality medical record. The majority of patients will be transferred at the end of each shift.  The intern may maintain management of some patients for the duration of their hospitalized period. The after hours emergency service is supported by numerous other specialty services including neurology, cardiology, anesthesia, surgery, radiology, internal medicine and ophthalmology.

The VMTH Small Animal Emergency Service provides primary care for the local population and accepts numerous referrals from other veterinary facilities within a wide region. As a result our service manages a broad range of medical and surgical diseases.  These include primary trauma and intoxications, complex medical conditions, as well as referrals for hemodialysis or mechanical ventilation.  The intern will work with and mentor senior veterinary students and 1 – 2 trained technicians. The intern will provide clinical teaching and evaluation of these veterinary students.

Mentorship
The first 6 weeks of the internship will be directly mentored by ECC faculty and residents. In addition interns will work under the direct supervision of an ECC faculty member for approximately one third of their afterhours receiving shifts. The intern will spend a total of 4 weeks rotating on the daytime Emergency Receiving Service and 2 weeks rotating in the Intensive Care Unit. Interns will attend journal club weekly and service rounds when scheduled on day time clinic duty and they are encouraged to participate in resident rounds weekly as well. Four weeks of the year will be scheduled as professional development during which the intern can choose to rotate with other specialty services in the VMTH or pursue a research project. Twenty-four days of vacation will be provided. Some clinic duty on University holidays will be required.

Course of activities:
There will be up to 4 interns selected annually who will share a rotating schedule.

  • 34 weeks After hours Emergency Receiving
    • Approximately 10 weeks; Monday-Thursday overnights
    • Approximately 12 weeks: Thursday – Sunday days
    • Approximately 12 weeks: Friday – Sunday overnights
  • 4 weeks weekday Emergency Receiving
  • 2 weeks weekday Intensive Care Unit
  • 4 weeks Professional Development
  • 5 weeks Vacation

House officers in the SA ECC service have a shared office space. There is access to numerous shared computer terminals through out the hospital and an extensive library of relevant textbooks is readily available. The Medical Library is in an adjacent building and the University has full online access to many medical resources including PubMed, Cab Abstracts and Web of Science. The facilities and resources for research opportunities are extensive.

Faculty participating in the program: Dr Kate Hopper - holds a 50% clinical position; Dr Matthew Mellema - holds a 50% clinical position; Dr Karl Jandrey - holds a 50% clinical position; Dr Steven Epstein - holds a 70% clinical position; Dr Angela Borchers is an associate veterinarian with a 90% clinical position.

All faculty are involved in the clinical training of all interns. Dr Borchers is the director of the internship program and provides primary mentorship for the interns. Research projects, when applicable, are performed under the guidance of one or more faculty members, depending on the nature and topic of the project.

Process of evaluation: Interns receive 2 evaluations (written and verbal) during the program at 6 and 12 months. If indicated more frequent evaluations may be performed. If the performance of an intern is considered inadequate, they will receive written letters of warning describing the concerns and what is required to rectify them and in what time frame. If these performance issues are severe, the intern will be informed that failure to improve could result in termination from the program.

Certification: A certificate of successful completion will be awarded at the end of the internship.

Application: Phone interviews are required and can be arranged by contacting Dr Angela Borchers at aborchers@ucdavis.edu.

State Licensure: Possession of a CA state license is not required.

Advanced degree during residency: None

California Driver’s License: Not required

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Graduated from an accredited college or school of veterinary medicine; or possess a certificate issued by the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG); or are legally qualified to practice veterinary medicine in some state, province, territory, or possession of the United States, Canada, or other country.
  • Have demonstrated unquestionable moral character and professional behavior.

Requirements for foreign applicants:

In addition to the minimum qualifications above, foreign graduates must also meet the following requirement.

  • Must be eligible for a TN (Mexico and Canada) or J-1 visa with no bars or home country requirement.

Service/Board requirements:

Certifications
TOEFL No
NAVLE No
PAVE No
ECFVG No
OTHER No

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Rotating Internship/ Equivalent Experience Required? Yes
  • California Driver’s License Required? No

Salary and benefits:
The salary for one year is $35,376. Available benefits include Health, Dental, and Vision coverage and 24 days of vacation per year.

Application procedures:

PLEASE NOTE: Foreign nationals must be eligible for either a TN or J1 visa with no bars or home country requirement. Selection will be in accordance with the guidelines of the Veterinary Internship/Residency Matching Program. (virmp)

The VMTH is committed to building strong relationships with its constituents. A major part of the intern's duties, therefore, includes timely communication with referring veterinarians and clients.

The University of California, Davis, and the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital are interested in candidates who are committed to the highest standards of scholarship and professional activities, and to the development of a campus climate that supports equality and diversity.