Residency Program

Residency Program in Anesthesia/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 Anesthesia and Analgesia (ACVAA) and the European College of Veterinary Anaesthesia 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 major animal species. To prepare the resident for board certification by the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia, or the European College of Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia.

Courses of Activities
The Anesthesiology Residency Program at UC Davis adheres 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 per year (includes weekday night, weekend day + night). In addition, residents also have clinical rotations 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 Anesthesia/Critical Patient Care Service is varied and more than sufficient to cover all core species as defined by ACVAA and ECVAA, plus occasional patients in a non-core species. This provides ample opportunities to develop the knowledge and skill sets essential to the practice of veterinary anesthesiology.

The residency in Anesthesia 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 morbidity and mortality of 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). As part of VSR491R 3 quarterly examinations, include a written and an oral section, are organized addressing the topics covered in that course. Moreover, an annual mock board examination (with multiple choice, essay and oral sections, mimicking the way the ACVAA examination is organized) takes place during the summer. These exams and are all aimed at preparing the residents to complete the ACVAA certifying examination successfully.

Anesthesia residents have limited participation in teaching activities. During the second and third years of their program they contribute to teaching anesthesia in the junior surgery spay and neuter laboratories. 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. Senior residents occasionally lead topic rounds with students.

Residents are expected to conduct a prospective laboratory or clinical study during their residency program under the supervision of one or more of the anesthesiology faculty. Depending on their background and interests, 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 faculty participate in resident training:
Dr. Linda S. Barter     
Dr. Robert J. Brosnan (Service Chief)   
Dr. Cary A. Craig
Dr. Jan E. Ilkiw (Associate Dean)
Dr. Bernice Kuo (after hours)
Dr. Peter J. Pascoe
Dr. Bruno H. Pypendop
Dr. Pauline Wong (after hours)

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.

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 during the residency.

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

Service/Board Requirements
TOEFL    Yes
NAVLE     No
PAVE       No
ECFVG     No
OTHER     No

Additional Requirements
•    A 12 month rotating internship or equivalent practice experience is required prior to commencement of the residency (ACVAA guidelines).
•    A California driver’s license is not required but will be helpful.
•    We will have 1 residency position open in 2016. SELECTION WILL UTILIZE THE VETERINARY INTERNSHIP/RESIDENCY MATCHING PROGRAM. Register at THE DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATION MATERIALS IS DECEMBER 2015. Please note: Foreign nationals must be eligible for either a TN or J1 visa with no bars or home country requirement. Information for Foreign Applicants
•    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.