INTERNSHIP PROGRAM IN SMALL ANIMAL
Objectives of the program:
The objectives of this program are to train individuals to be excellent emergency and critical care clinicians with a focus on the development of critical thinking, an in-depth knowledge base and life long learning skills. The program provides experience and expertise in clinical teaching and guidance in the area of research.
The need for specific training:
The specialty of small animal emergency and critical care is currently growing with 388 board-certified specialists currently and 172 residents in training. The number of academic positions in this specialty is limited but there is continued demand in the private practice arena. The UC Davis SA ECC program emphasizes the importance of understanding physiology and provides an intensive didactic resident rounds course. 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 in both academia as well as private practice. Of the 6 interns that have completed the program to date, 3 are currently in residencies and 3 are in private practice.
Course of activities:
Fifteen percent of the internship is spent on clinic duty in emergency receiving and intensive care, under the direction of an emergency/critical care specialist (60% under indirect supervision). The intern will have case-based interactions with specialists in diagnostic imaging, surgery, nutrition, cardiology, neurology and neurosurgery, anesthesia, oncology, renal medicine and hemodialysis, internal medicine, dentistry and oral surgery, dermatology, ophthalmology, clinical pathology and anatomic pathology. Eight percent of the internship can be spent in other specialty rotations. Seventeen percent of the internship is professional development time for study, preparation and completion of a research project, attending scientific meetings, and vacation.
Clinic duty on the emergency receiving service includes primary assessment, management and treatment of emergency cases. Interns are responsible for client communications, referring veterinarian communications and maintenance of a high quality medical record.
A primary aim of this internship program is to provide a high level of academic instruction. Physiology rounds are directed towards resident instruction but open to the interns and held weekly for ~ 10 months of the year. In addition journal club is held weekly and house officers are required to have the read the assigned journal article and be prepared to answer questions and contribute to the discussion.
Structure and organization:
The interns primarily staff the after-hours small animal Emergency Service. There are 4 distinct schedules in which they may work. Day clinic duty starts at ~ 7am, although the exact start time will be determined by case requirements. The receiving day begins at 7:30am and ends at 5:30pm. Interns either work Mon-Friday (E1: ~4 weeks, directly supervised) or Friday-Monday (E2: ~15 weeks, indirectly supervised). After-hours duties begin at 5:30pm and end after transfer of cases at 7:30 the next day. The rotations are either Monday-Thursday (E3: ~15 weeks) or Friday-Sunday (E4: ~5 weeks). The intern may have on-going case management, especially over the weekend. Interns are responsible for the completion of all patient assessments, diagnostic evaluation, institution of the treatment plan and completion of the medical record before leaving the building. The ICU day is finished 5:30-6pm or when all patients are adequately stabilized. Faculty members are on duty in both the emergency room and the ICU all day on weekdays. There is a faculty member on call at all times. The majority of case management and student teaching is performed under direct supervision of a faculty member. The intern also is scheduled to work in the ICU (~4 weeks) under the guidance of a faculty and resident.Â Five weeks are provided for vacation and 4 weeks are scheduled for professional development.
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 Matthew Mellema - holds a 50% clinical position.
Dr Kate Hopper - holds a 50% clinical position
Dr Karl Jandrey - holds a 70% clinical position
Dr Steven Epstein - holds a 70% clinical position
All faculty are involved in the clinical training of all interns. Drs. Epstein and Jandrey are the primary mentors for the interns as they work most often and closely with them. Drs. Mellema and Hopper organize and conduct the majority of the resident physiology rounds. 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.
A certificate of successful completion will be awarded at the end of the internship.
Possession of a CA state license is not required.
Advanced degree during residency:
California Driver’s License:
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.
Rotating Internship/ Equivalent Experience Required? Yes
California Driver’s License Required? No
Salary and benefits:
The salary for one year is $34,680. Available benefits include Health, Dental, and Vision coverage and two days of vacation per month.
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.