Residency Program in Comparative Theriogenology/Equine Emphasis

Residency Program in Comparative Theriogenology
Equine Emphasis


  • To provide advanced training in clinical reproduction
  • To provide clinical teaching experience
  • To provide exposure to research and the opportunity to conduct clinical oriented research.
  • To work with Board Certified faculty and to prepare residents for Board Certification in Theriogenology (American College of Theriogenologists)
  • To develop expertise in clinical equine reproduction, which encompasses the diagnosis and treatment of reproductive conditions on an individual and herd basis and assisted reproduction techniques in the horse.

The clinical program in comparative theriogenology, equine emphasis, is designed to provide advanced clinical training involving the reproductive system, experience in clinical teaching, exposure to research techniques and the opportunity to conduct clinically oriented research. The training will focus on clinical as well as basic physiological aspects of domestic animal reproduction to strengthen the individual's preparation for board certification. The program emphasizes breeding management of the horse, with exposure to food animal and small animal reproduction, clinical diagnosis and treatment of the sub-fertile and infertile animal and assisted reproductive techniques relevant to the discipline. Graduates should be well prepared for clinical academic appointments or for specialty practices.

Minimum qualifications include graduation from an accredited school of veterinary medicine and a one-year internship or equivalent practice experience. The selection of residents is made on the basis of academic achievement, career objectives, letters of recommendation, interpersonal skills, clinical skills, and pertinent experience.

The duration of the residency program is 2 years. Renewal for the second year will be contingent upon satisfactory performance.

Responsibilities and activities of the resident include:

  • Daily responsibility for clinical cases with senior staff and professional students at the VMTH, Center for Equine Health and in our practice area;
  • Daily responsibility for management of the equine embryo recipient herd;
  • Presentation of and participation in Resident seminars, Morbidity and Mortality Rounds and participation in large animal rounds;
  • Assisting in the teaching and supervision of professional students in the theriogenology program.
  • Emergency duty after-hours for Theriogenology cases.

Special requirements of the program include

  • Designing and carrying out a clinical investigation and/or participating in an on-going research project under the direction of a faculty member;
  • Submitting an abstract for presentation at a national meeting;
  • Presenting lectures on theriogenology-related subjects to second- and third-year veterinary students;
  • Participate in Theriogenology Club talks and labs;
  • Participation in the Annual House Officer Seminar Day by presenting the results of your research;
  • Submitting a self-assessment of relevant clinical activities in which he/she participated during the training program;
  • Submitting one peer reviewed manuscript and a case report in the field of theriogenology during the training program. The resident must be the first author of the manuscript. The publication may be original research, a clinical case report, or an in-depth review article;
  • Completing 30 hours Continuing Education pertaining to the field of Theriogenology during the training program.

The resident will spend most of their time in the equine theriogenology service, the rest will be spent outside of clinics participating in research, manuscript preparation, teaching, graduate studies, continuing education, special rotations, exam preparation, or other activities deemed appropriate by the Training Advisor. The remainder of the time will be spent in either clinical service or any of the activities already discussed previously. The resident will be primarily responsible for the equine embryo recipient herd management. He/she will participate in all reproductive referral and emergency cases at the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital and will be a participant in the assisted reproduction program. The majority of the resident's clinical time between February and August will be spent on the equine reproduction service. Outside of these months, a month will be spent on the food animal reproduction service, depending on the resident interest the resident can spend 2-4 weeks at private small animal clinics with active small animal reproduction programs.

Residents will develop the ability to critically evaluate veterinary literature and will obtain a broad scientific base which is critical to an understanding of reproductive problems. Regular opportunity will be provided to attend and participate in small and large animal grand rounds presentations. Theriogenology topic and Journal club rounds are held weekly for most of the year. Reproductive Pathology rounds are held monthly. A trip to a major scientific meeting is strongly encouraged and for each resident year, partial funding may be provided from resident training funds to help defray expenses. When scheduling trips, priority is given to second year residents if conflict arises.

The VMTH is committed to building strong relationships with its constituents. A major part of the resident's duties, therefore, includes timely communication with referring veterinarians and clients.

This program will not participate in the Veterinary Internship/Residency Matching Program. For application form, application procedures, salary and benefits, and other information about the residency program, please see Residency Information.

The deadline for receipt of application materials is December 12th, 2021

Applicant must be able to begin the program on July 1, 2022

For additional questions, please contact Corey Vermilion at


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.


Information for foreign applicants


Candidates should be US citizens, US permanent residents, or foreign nationals eligible for a J1 scholar visa (and at the time of application not be subject to holds, bars or in-country rules) or Canadian/ Mexican citizens eligible for a TN visa. 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, 2022.

SPECIAL NOTE: The California Veterinary Medical Board requires all veterinarians working at the University of California, Davis with primary patient care duties to hold a full California license or a University veterinary license. To obtain a University veterinary license, veterinarians who are not licensed in the state of California 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 provided by live webinar at the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, usually in April. The cost of obtaining the University veterinary license will be the responsibility of the trainee. The limited license only permits individuals to work in California as veterinarians for University-related practice.

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