Residency Program in Anesthesia and Critical Patient Care

General Information
The residency program is designed to provide advanced clinical, non-degree, post-doctoral training in veterinary anesthesiology and critical patient care.

The knowledge and skills acquired from this three-year residency program will be of value in teaching/research careers in veterinary, medical or other health professional schools, in specialized private veterinary practice and/or in careers in physiological, pharmacological and/or surgical research programs.

The residency program conforms to current guidelines developed by the American College of Veterinary Anesthia and Analgesia (ACVAA) and the European College of Veterinary Anaesthaesia and Analgesia (ECVAA) for admission to examination for Diplomate status.

Objectives of the program:
To provide clinical training in anesthetic and perioperative pain management in animal species. To prepare the resident to board certification by the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia, or the European College of Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia. The goal of a residency program as stated by ACVAA is to prepare the individual to function as a qualified practitioner of veterinary anesthesiology at the highest level of performance that society expects of an individual identified as a specialist.

The need for specific training:
No data are available to provide any meaningful information in this category.

Courses of activities:
The Anesthesiology residency program at UC Davis adhere to the Residency Training Standards established by ACVAA. The resident will spend a minimum of 94 weeks on primary anesthesia clinical duty, under the supervision of board certified anesthesiologists. After hours duties are shared by 4 residents and 2 after hours anesthesiologists; the residents are currently assigned 50-60 after hours shifts (weekday night, weekend day+night) per year. In addition to the clinical rotations in the anesthesia services, residents rotate in small animal critical care medicine, radiology, cardiology, companion exotic and avian pet medicine, zoo medicine, laboratory animal medicine, human anesthesia, and human pain medicine.

The clinical caseload of the Anesthesiology Service is varied and covers all core species as defined by ACVAA and ECVAA, plus occasional patients in a non-core species. The caseload is largely sufficient to fulfill the ACVAA and ECVAA requirements for number of cases.

Residents in Anesthesiology work under the direct supervision of 3 board certified anesthesiologists (typically 2 in small animal anesthesia and 1 in large animal anesthesia) whenever assigned to a clinical anesthesia service. This provides ample opportunities to develop the knowledge and skill sets essential to the practice of veterinary anesthesiology.

The residency in Anesthesiology includes 3 courses. These courses take place 3 quarters/year, a total of 3 hours per week. VSR 491R provides information in physiology, pharmacology, and applied anesthesiology and spans the 3 years of the residency program (approximately 20 hours/quarter). VSR 493R is a discussion of anesthesia-related of morbidity and mortality in the clinical cases presented to our service. It includes both systematic reviews of cases with significant morbidity or mortality (4 hours/quarter) and in-depth discussions of selected cases (4 hours/quarter). VSR 494R is a discussion of anesthesia-related scientific articles (“journal club”), with an emphasis on critical reading rather than review of a large number of articles (approximately 8 hours/quarter).

Residents in Anesthesiology have limited participation in teaching activities. Residents contribute to teaching the anesthesia section of the junior anesthesia and surgery laboratories during the second and third year of the program. In large animal anesthesia, residents are commonly assigned cases along with a student and are expected to teach this student anesthesia principles and technical skills. In small animal anesthesia, residents may contribute to student teaching when not assigned cases. Residents occasionally lead topic rounds with students during the second and third year of the program.

In addition to the courses described above, 3 quarterly examinations per year are organized, addressing the topics covered that quarter in VSR 491R. These examinations include an essay and oral section and aim at preparing the residents to the ACVAA certifying examination. Moreover, an annual mock ACVAA examination (with multiple choice, essay and oral sections, mimicking the way the ACVAA examination is organized) takes place during the summer. First year residents are exempted of this annual examination.

Residents are expected to conduct a prospective laboratory or clinical study during their residency program. They work under the supervision of one or more of the anesthesiology faculty. Depending on their background, the goals may include training in grant writing, experimental design, experimental methodology, manuscript writing, and presentation of experimental results at a conference.

Structure and organization:
Number of weeks in each area:
First year: Small Animal Anesthesia: 21, Large Animal Anesthesia: 18, Small Animal Critical Care: 4, Cardiology: 2, Radiology: 1, Research: 1

Second year: Small Animal Anesthesia: 13, Large Animal Anesthesia 13, Small Animal Critical Care: 3, Exotic Pet Medicine: 2, Zoo Medicine: 2, Laboratory Animal Medicine: 2, Research: 12

Third year: Small Animal Anesthesia: 16, Large Animal Anesthesia: 16, Small Animal Critical Care: 3, Radiology: 1, Human Anesthesia: 2, Human Acute Pain Management: 1, Human Chronic Pain Management: 1, Research/Study: 6

24 days of vacation/year.

Faculty participating in the program:
All clinical faculty participate in resident training equally when they are assigned to clinical duties.

Process of evaluation: Residents will be evaluated twice a year, based on clinical performance and performance on the examinations. Residents in academic difficulty may receive additional evaluations, and will be given specific goals for remediation. Failure to achieve these goals may result in dismissal.

Certification: Residents who complete the 3-year program with satisfactory evaluations will be awarded a residency certificate.

State Licensure: California licensure is not required.

Advanced degree during residency: Advanced degrees are not offered as part of the residency program, nor can they be pursued.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Graduated from a college or school of veterinary medicine accredited by the AVMA; 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 Yes
NAVLE No
PAVE No
ECFVG No
OTHER No

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

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

FACULTY/CLINICIANS IN DIRECT SUPPORT OF PROGRAM:

Number of Board Certified Clinicians=7

Clinicians in Direct Support of the Program:
Linda Barter
Robert Brosnan
Carolyn Craig
Alonso Guedes
Wei-Chen Kuo
Peter Pascoe
Bruno Pypendop
Pauline Wong

SELECTION WILL UTILIZE THE VETERINARY INTERNSHIP/RESIDENCY MATCHING PROGRAM. Register at www.virmp.org. THE DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATION MATERIALS IS DECEMBER 9, 2013. Please note: Foreign nationals must be eligible for either a TN or J1 visa with no bars or home country requirement.

RESIDENTS MUST BE ABLE TO ARRIVE AT THE HOSPITAL WITHIN 15 MINUTES OF AN EMERGENCY CALL, THEREFORE, RESIDENTS MUST PLAN TO LIVE WITHIN 15 MILES OF THE HOSPITAL.

IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT NEW RESIDENTS BE AVAILABLE TO BEGIN THEIR RESIDENCY PROGRAM ON AUGUST 1st, 2014.

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.