- The residency is a 3-year program.
The residency starts on August 1st.
The residency provides in-depth surgical
training that permits individuals to
pursue a career in either private practice
or an academic setting. The program meets
all requirements of the American College
of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS); during
this time the resident must produce at
least 1 manuscript that is accepted for
publication in an appropriate journal
to get a resident certificate.
- There are two surgical services (orthopedic
surgery, soft tissue surgery) in the
Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital
(VMTH). A service consists of the faculty
member, one or two residents, and sometimes
3-6 senior veterinary students. Surgical
residents actively participate in client
interviews, physical examinations, and
interpretation of diagnostic procedures.
The findings and interpretations of the
resident are evaluated and extended by
consultation with faculty surgeons, and
with residents and faculty from the various
Operative experience is extensive in
this program. At first the resident assists
or operates under direct supervision; later
primary responsibility is gradually transferred
to the resident. Clinical experience is
supported by participation in service rounds
as well as by attending clinical rounds
in medicine, radiology, pathology and anesthesiology.
Clinical rounds at the UCD Medical Center
are open to VMTH residents and including
Orthopedic Grand Rounds, Morbidity/Mortality
Rounds, Oncology Grand rounds, etc.
- Neurosurgical cases are handled mostly
through the Neurology/Neurosurgery service.
The small animal residents will rotate
onto service with neurology and will
have primary on call duties for neurosurgery
under the direction of the small animal
faculty. Two-week rotations in Radiology,
Pathology, General Internal Medicine,
Critical Care and Anesthesiology are
required to comply with ACVS Residency
- Residents are assigned to clinic duty
for approximately 38 weeks per year,.
Residents are in charge of their own
service for a period during their third
year. SAS residents participate in the
emergency in-hours and after-hours surgery
and may be responsible for overnight
general emergency duty on a rotating
basis with other VMTH residents. During
off clinic time, the resident is expected
to organize and conduct research projects
and maintain ACVS required documents.
One research project must be completed
and submitted for publication prior to
completion of the third year. Short-term
controlled research projects are encouraged,
as well as quality prospective and retrospective
clinical research activities. Funding is
available to support resident research
projects; however, application to extramural
sources is strongly encouraged to develop
expertise in preparing effective grant-writing
SPECIFIC RESIDENT DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Daily case management of all patients
assigned to his/her surgical service,
including after hours admissions.
- Assistance and supervision of student
treatment of animals on the surgical
- Extensive preparation for surgical
management of patients is expected, i.e.,
the resident should be completely familiar
with the pertinent surgical anatomy and
clinical literature relative to each
patient prior to the surgical procedure.
- Correspondence with clients and referring
veterinarians, as directed by the faculty
member in charge of the service. The
resident is expected to maintain follow-up
communication with clients until resolution
of the initial problem.
- Attendance at rounds and seminars
as scheduled by the surgery service.
Active instruction of students is expected.
- The resident maintains a surgical
log and related ACVS documents.
- The resident is expected to present
at least one major extramural conference
during the residency program. The resident
is also expected to participate in the
Annual House Officer Seminar Day.
- The resident will also present a variable
number of lectures as a participant in
Surgical Resident Rounds or didactic
courses organized by the SAS group.
- The resident must have a minimum of
one major manuscript submitted to a refereed
journal by the end of the third year.
All manuscripts must be reviewed by a
member of the SAS faculty prior to submission.
If the resident does not complete a manuscript
draft by the time they graduate, then
the data is the property of the University
and a copy must be given to the project
- The resident is expected to be abreast
of the surgical literature. Specific
journals and methods for periodic review
will be discussed with the resident early
in the program.
- Medical records must be kept current,
using computerized input of case summary
data. All medical records must be completed
prior to completion of the residency
Progression to the next year is dependent
upon satisfactory performance. A certificate
is awarded upon completion of the residency.
Graduate degree programs may not be pursued
concurrently with the surgical residency
The VMTH will provide limited support
for travel to a meeting once a year. Residents
that are presenting research will get priority
in attending the meetings they request.
A DVM degree or equivalent is required,
plus completion of a formal internship.
Please note: Foreign nationals
must be eligible for either a TN or J1
visa with no bars or home country requirement.
Selection will utilize the
Veterinary Internship/Residency Matching
Program. For application procedures,
salary and benefits, and other information
about the residency program, please see
General Information on the VMTH web site
The VMTH is committed to building strong
relationships with its constituents. A
major part of the residents' 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.
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