Residency Program in Comparative Theriogenology

Objectives

  • To provide advanced training in clinical reproduction of the broadest scope in all domestic species
  • To provide clinical teaching experience
  • To provide limited experience in the design and implementation of an investigative project
  • To work with Board Certified faculty and to prepare residents for Board Certification in Theriogenology (American College of Theriogenologists)
  • To develop expertise in clinical equine reproduction, which encompasses the diagnosis and treatment of reproductive conditions on an individual and herd basis and assisted reproduction techniques in the horse.

Justification
The clinical program in comparative theriogenoloy is designed to provide advanced clinical training involving the reproductive system, experience in clinical teaching, exposure to research techniques and the opportunity to conduct clinically oriented research. The training will focus on clinical as well as basic physiological aspects of domestic animal reproduction to strengthen the individual's preparation for board certification. The program emphasizes breeding management of the horse, cow, and dog, with exposure to small ruminant and camelid reproduction, clinical diagnosis and treatment of the sub-fertile and infertile animal, and assisted reproductive techniques relevant to the discipline. Graduates should be well prepared for clinical academic appointments or for specialty practices.

Qualifications
Minimum qualifications include graduation from an accredited school of veterinary medicine and a one-year internship or equivalent practice experience. The selection of residents is made on the basis of academic achievement, career objectives, letters of recommendation, interpersonal skills, clinical skills, and pertinent experience.

Duration
The duration of the residency program is 2 years. Renewal for the second year will be contingent upon satisfactory performance.

Responsibilities
Responsibilities and activities of the resident include:

  • Daily responsibility for clinical cases with senior staff and professional students at the VMTH and in our practice area;
  • Daily responsibility for management of the equine embryo recipient herd;
  • Presentation of and participation in Current Topics in Reproduction seminars, and participation in large animal medicine rounds;
  • Assisting in the teaching and supervision of professional students in the theriogenology program.

Special requirements of the program include

  • designing and carrying out a clinical investigation or participating in an on-going research project under the direction of a faculty member;
  • submitting an abstract for presentation at a national meeting;
  • presenting one or two lectures on theriogenology-related subjects to second and third year veterinary students;
  • participation in the Annual House Officer Seminar Day by presenting the results of your research;
  • submitting a self assessment of relevant clinical activities in which he/she participated during the training program;
  • publishing one (1) peer reviewed manuscript in the field of theriogenology during the training program. The resident must be the first author of the manuscript. The publication may be original research, a clinical case report, or an in depth review article;
  • completing 30 hours Continuing Education pertaining to the field of Theriogenology during the training program.

The resident will spend a minimum of 60% of their time in the clinical theriogenology practice, and a minimum of 12% of their time outside of clinics participating in research, manuscript preparation, teaching, graduate studies, continuing education, special rotations, exam preparation, or other activities deemed appropriate by the Training Advisor. The remainder of the time will be spent in either clinical service or any of the activities already discussed previously. The resident will be primarily responsible for the equine embryo recipient herd management. He/she will participate in all reproductive referral and emergency cases at the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital and will be a participant in the assisted reproduction program. The majority of the resident's clinical time between February and July will be spent on the equine reproduction service. Outside of these months, a minimum of 12 weeks will be spent on the food animal reproduction service, 8 weeks at private small animal clinics with active small animal reproduction programs, and the remaining clinical time on the comparative theriogenology service at the VMTH taking care of canine, equine, and camelid cases.

Residents will develop the ability to critically evaluate veterinary literature and will obtain a broad scientific base which is critical to an understanding of reproductive problems. The resident is encouraged to use the medical library and computer-assisted learning programs and will have the opportunity to attend many campus seminars. Regular opportunity will be provided to attend and participate in small and large animal grand rounds presentations. Theriogenology topic rounds are held weekly and journal club held monthly for most of the year. For each resident a trip to a major scientific meeting is strongly encouraged and for each resident year, partial funding may be provided from resident training funds to help defray expenses. When scheduling trips, priority is given to second year residents if conflict arises.

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

This program will not participate in the Veterinary Internship/Residency Matching Program. For application form, application procedures, salary and benefits, and other information about the residency program, please see Residency Information on the VMTH web site.

ALL RESIDENTS ARE STRONGLY ADVISED TO OBTAIN A CALIFORNIA LICENSE WITHIN THE FIRST YEAR OF THE RESIDENCY IN ORDER TO WRITE PRESCRIPTIONS.

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.

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.