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VMTH Provides Highest Level of Advanced Training

April 29, 2015

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One of the many advanced training programs offered at the VMTH is in orthopedic surgery.

Every year, the VMTH welcomes a new group of resident veterinarians who have chosen to train at the hospital for two to four years in order to become board certified specialists in a particular clinical discipline. Training under the tutelage of UC Davis’ more than 120 already board-certified faculty members, these residents gain valuable experience with a multitude of challenging cases, thanks to the high caseload. 

Various specialty colleges—such as the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine or the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care—certify veterinarians who have completed advanced training. Veterinarians can undertake specialized training at a teaching hospital any time after graduation from veterinary school. Most residency programs require a minimum of a one-year internship or private practice experience before residency. Residencies generally involve a three-year program of hands-on clinical care, in depth study and clinical research. The residents are crucial members of the hospital’s clinical team.

Upon completion of the training program, resident veterinarians must then pass a difficult board certification examination given by the specialty colleges. They are then deemed Diplomates of the specialty college under which the training was pursued. Only Diplomates are considered “specialists” in that specific field of veterinary medicine.

The Large and Small Animal Clinics provides advanced training in 34 specialty disciplines to more than 100 residents, the largest residency training program of any veterinary hospital. Positions in the residency training program are highly competitive and focus on the most up-to-date diagnosis, techniques and treatments of ailments and injuries in that specialty.