The Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis, offers a residency program in Shelter Medicine. Minimum qualifications include graduation from an accredited school of veterinary medicine and a one-year internship or equivalent practice experience with substantial relevance to shelter medicine.
OVERVIEW AND OBJECTIVES
The Shelter Medicine Residency is designed to teach residents skills relevant to major problems in animal shelters, including infectious disease prevention and management; basic principles of epidemiology; maintenance of behavioral wellness and principles of behavior evaluation; shelter design as it relates to the prevention and management of disease and behavioral problems; development and implementation of high volume/high quality spay neuter strategies and other methods of pet overpopulation control; policy and legal issues that affect animal shelters, including animal cruelty investigations; and principles of pet management in disaster response. Residents will gain experience in reviewing the scientific literature and other resources; developing and implementing a clinical research project; preparing a paper for publication; providing clinical training for veterinary students; and writing and presenting continuing education material for veterinarians and shelter professionals.
The residency is a three year program, consisting of:
Shelter Medicine Service: Residents spend the majority of their time on the shelter medicine service, providing on site and remote consultations for shelters and veterinarians on all aspects of maintaing physical and behavioral health of animals in the shelter environment.
Clinical Rotations: Each resident will rotate through partner shelters and selected specialty services at the VMTH. During shelter rotations the resident may have responsibility for primary medical and surgical care of shelter animal, development of protocols, training of shelter staff and clinical teaching for veterinary students.
Research: Each resident will complete at least one research project. The goals are to become acquainted with clinical research, to publish an abstract, to present new material orally to peers, and finally, to publish these findings in a refereed scientific journal. Eight weeks of out-of-clinic time will be provided to assure that a project can be completed. Presentation at the Annual House Officer Seminar Day is mandatory.
Teaching: Each resident will have direct contact with 4th year veterinary students and will participate in their clinical training within the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital and at shelters.
Courses: Each resident is expected to attend lectures and participate in distance learning programs offered through the UC Davis program and other shelter medicine programs in the United States. Travel to other shelter medicine programs will be required. Residents will participate in weekly shelter medicine rounds.
VMTH FACILITIES AND PARTNER
In addition to the expected facilities in any modern teaching hospital, this facility has on site as resources: full diagnostic laboratories, endoscopy, ultrasonography, color doppler echocardiography, computerized tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, nuclear imaging, linear accelerator for treating cancer, full pathology facilities and faculty, dentistry facilities and faculty, toxicology facilities and faculty. The UC Davis shelter medicine program has working relationships with a number of area shelters, including Yolo County Animal Services and SPCA, Sacramento City Animal Control, Sacramento SPCA, Marin Humane Society, San Francisco SPCA, Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation (Walnut Creek), Oakland Animal Control, Berkeley East Bay Humane Society, and San Diego Humane Society.
EXPECTATIONS OF THE FACULTY FOR THE RESIDENT
The VMTH is committed to building strong relationships with its constituents. A major part of the resident's duties, therefore, includes timely communication with shelter managers, veterinarians and clients. Continuation in the program is contingent upon satisfactory performance.
Selection will be made utilizing the Veterinary Internship/Residency Matching Program.. Applications can be submitted at www.virmp.org.
The residency program begins on August 1, 2013. For additional questions, please contact: Dr. Kate Hurley. Email:email@example.com
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.