Residency Program in Anesthesiology

General Information

The residency program is designed to provide advanced clinical, non-degree, post-doctoral training in veterinary anesthesiology and pain management.

Objectives of the program:To provide clinical training in anesthetic and perioperative pain management in a cross range of animal species. To prepare the resident for board certification by the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia (

Courses of activities:

This training program 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 5 residents and 2 after hours anesthesiologists. Supplemental clinical rotations include; small animal critical care medicine, radiology, cardiology, companion avian pet exotics medicine, zoo medicine, laboratory animal medicine, California National Primate Research Center, human anesthesia, and human pain medicine.

The clinical caseload of the UC Davis Veterinary Anesthesiology Service is large and varied, easily satisfying ACVAA case requirements. Our caseload covers all core species plus a number of non-core species (per ACVAA standards). The case variety and complexity, coupled with excellent facilities and resources, provide ample opportunities to develop advanced knowledge and skill sets essential to the practice of veterinary anesthesiology. The environment at UC Davis is committed to post-graduate education and our training program has structured learning opportunities for residents to learn in depth the fundamentals of basic science as it applies to the practice of anesthesiology.

These structured learning opportunities include; a didactic course on physiology, pharmacology, and applied anesthesiology ( 20-40 hours/semester) including abbreviated mock board examinations, discussion of anesthesia-related of morbidity and mortality in the clinical cases presented to our service (10-20 hours/semester) and a journal club where the emphasis is on critical review of the scientific literature ( 8-16 hours/semester).

During their training programs residents are expected to conduct a prospective laboratory or clinical study under the supervision of one or more of the anesthesiology faculty. Depending on their background, the goals may include training in grant writing, experimental design, experimental methodology, manuscript writing, and presentation of experimental results at a conference. It is the expectation that this will lead to publication suitable to submit for credential purposes to the ACVAA.

A copy of the Anesthesiology Residency Guidelines detailing structure and organization of the program can be found here .


Faculty participating in the program:

Dr Linda S Barter BVSc, MVSc, BSc(vet), PGCert(VetEd), PhD, DACVAA
Dr Robert Brosnan, DVM, PhD, DACVAA

Dr Douglas Castro, MV, MSc, DSc
Dr Alessia Cenani DrMedVet, MS, DACVAA
Dr Amandeep Chohan, BVSc & AH, MVSc, MS, DACVAA
Dr Bernice Kuo DVM, MS
Dr Bruno Pypendop, DrMedVet, DrVetSci, DACVAA
Dr Joao Soares, MV, MSc, DSc, DACVAA

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.

Certification: Residents who complete the 3-year program with satisfactory evaluations will be awarded a residency certificate.

State Licensure: A valid license to practice veterinary medicine in California is required before employment (California Business and Professions Code Section 4846- 4857). Individuals not eligible for a full California license must obtain a University License (California Business and Professions Code Section 4848.1)  (see below).

SPECIAL NOTE:  The California Veterinary Medical Board requires all veterinarians working at the University of California, Davis with primary patient care duties, who do not already hold a full Californian license, to hold a special University license. To obtain this University license veterinarians will be required to take a 3-day course on regionally important diseases and a short open-book jurisprudence test, in addition to being background checked. The course will be given by the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine prior to the start of your training program (dates TBD). The cost of licensure will be the responsibility of the trainee. This limited license only permits individuals to work in California as veterinarians for University-related practice.

Advanced degree during residency: Advanced degrees are not offered as part of the residency program, nor can they be pursued.


  • Applicants must have a degree in veterinary medicine and current legal qualification to practice medicine in any country
  • One-year rotating internship experience or 1-year equivalent private practice experience.
  • 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 requirements.

  • Foreign nationals should be eligible for a J1 scholar visa (and at the time of application not be subject to holds, bars or in-country rules) or for Canadian/ Mexican citizens eligible for a TN visa.
  • Applicants where English is not the primary spoken language will be required to submit TOEFL scores. Minimum requirements on the TOEFL iBT are 25 in listening, 22 in writing, 22 in speaking, and 23 in reading; no minimum overall score is required.
  • Note: We will NOT pursue other visa categories. Candidates will be expected to pay for their visa fees. The offer of a residency may be withdrawn if written evidence of a visa is not provided by July 1, 2021

    Additional information for foreign applicants can be found here:




Note: Applications for the 2021-24 UC Davis Residency in Anesthesiology will apply directly to UC Davis. To do so please go the the following page and complete the application form and provide requested material by the application deadline.


Zoom interviews will be conducted by invitation on the mornings of  December 7, 2020 and January 6, 2021

Decision will be made by January 25, 2021

Note: Unfortunately, at this time no in person visits will be allowed

For additional information on this program please contact:

Drs Linda Barter or Bruno Pypendop

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.

The University of California, Davis is a smoke and tobacco free campus.