The Auburn University, College of Veterinary Medicine is accepting applications for a residency and a specialty internship in ophthalmology

Posted (2/15/2017)

The Auburn University, College of Veterinary Medicine is accepting applications for a residency position in ophthalmology and for a specialty internship position in ophthalmology. All resident applicants will also be considered as applicants for the ophthalmology specialty internship position unless indicated in the applicant’s letter of intent. The ophthalmology service at Auburn University is a busy service that provides training in small animal, equine, food animal, avian and exotic ophthalmology. A strong interest in equine ophthalmology is expected by all applicants. The service is supported by two ophthalmology technicians, three house officers (a third year resident, second year resident and ophthalmic intern) and three members of the ACVO: Drs. Phillip Anthony Moore, Shannon Boveland and Richard McMullen.

The application deadline is March 15st, 2017. Applications should include a letter of intent, CV and three letters of reference forwarded to Paul Dawson ( Department of Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, 1390 Hoerlein Hall, Auburn University, Auburn, Al 36849-5540. Electron submission is preferred. All applicants (for both the residency and internship positions) must hold a DVM or equivalent degree and have completed a rotating internship or have comparable practice experience. The official start date of the residency and internship will be July 15, 2017. Salary for the ophthalmology resident is $31, 350.00, and $26, 000.00 for the ophthalmology intern. Residents are considered graduate teaching assistants and receive a tuition waiver for graduate courses and partially subsidized health insurance. However, graduate student fees and insurance costs of $ 3,000.00/year are the responsibility of the resident and are subject to change. All specialty interns are enrolled in graduate school. Tuition cost for the ophthalmology intern will be paid through the Department of Clinical Sciences.

All resident and specialty interns at Auburn University (AU) are enrolled in graduate school and must be able to meet entrance requirements for the AU Graduate School (the GRE is waived, see below). Both, ophthalmology residents and interns must be enrolled in the graduate school throughout their program. The ophthalmology resident is expected to complete a MS degree during their residency. Specialty interns are considered non-degree seeking graduate students.

Graduate school: Admission requirements to the Auburn University Graduate School must be fulfilled if selected as the ophthalmology resident or intern; however, the GRE requirement is waived. Original transcripts for all college coursework will be required for both positions.

International candidates:
If an international candidate is accepted as an ophthalmology resident or intern, they must submit an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score directly to the Auburn University Graduate School from the Education Testing Service, or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Exemptions are considered on a case-by case-basis, depending on their official government language and medium of instruction. Students must score at least 550 on the paper TOEFL (pBT), 213 on the computer TOEFL (cBT), and 79 on the internet TOEFL (iBT) or 6.5 Overall Band Score on the IELTS to be considered for admission. On the iBT, students must score a minimum of 16 on the four component parts of the iBT (reading, listening, speaking, and writing)

If a candidate is accepted into the ophthalmology residency or internship program, all requirements must be met to hold and maintain a faculty license in the State of Alabama. – See and click the “licensee” and “faculty application links for information on licensure requirements.

Background check:
Employment at Auburn University is contingent upon verification of credentials and successful completion of a background check.

The ophthalmology residency will be no more than three years in length and the ophthalmic internship will be no more than one year in length. Membership in the AVMA is required to begin the residency or internship in order to obtain professional liability insurance paid by the department. Faculty state licensure by examination is required and the fee is reimbursed by the Department of Clinical Sciences. Any required work permits or visas are the responsibility of the applicant.

For general information contact Renee Huston (, Department of Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, 1390 Hoerlein Hall, Auburn University, Auburn, Al 36849-5540 (phone 334-844-6003). More information about Auburn University, College of Veterinary Medicine and the community can be found at the University web sites: or Incomplete applications will not be considered.

For more information concerning the ophthalmology residency or internship, the applicants my contact Drs. Phillip Anthony Moore at, Shannon Boveland at, or Richard McMullen at

Diversity among its administrators, faculty, staff, and students is an Auburn University commitment. Auburn University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other classification protected by applicable law.

The candidate(s) selected for this position must be able to meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States at the time the appointments are scheduled to begin and must be able to communicate effectively in English.