Ophthalmology Specialty Internship in Small Animal Clinical Sciences

Texas A&M University

4474 TAMU
College Station, Texas 77843-4474
United States
979-845-9053 (V)
979-845-6978 (F)

1 Position Available

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Authorized Administrative Official: Dr. Lucien Vallone Inclusive
Dates of Program: July 1, 2017 to July 1, 2018

Program Description

The Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences at Texas A&M University offers a 12-month internship program (the “George Jewell/Kool Whip Willie Endowed Internship in Comparative Ophthalmology). The ophthalmology-dedicated intern will be directly supervised by two ACVO Diplomates, and supported by one full-time dedicated licensed veterinary technician to provide advanced eye care to small, large, and exotic animals. The goal of the program is to prepare the intern for an ACVO approved ophthalmology residency. This internship combines a growing caseload and well-equipped facility with a diverse faculty and superb support staff. The program is for a 12-month period beginning July 1, 2017. A well-qualified candidate is one who has completed a rotating small animal internship with excellent performance evaluations, letters of reference, and a competitive CV.

The training objectives for the ophthalmology specialty internship program at Texas A&M University are as follows: 1) To provide the intern with the opportunity to become proficient in advanced medical and surgery therapies in veterinary ophthalmology 2) To further equip the intern to competitively compete for an accredited Comparative Ophthalmology Residency; 3) To improve the intern’s ability to convey clinical information and concepts to other members of the veterinary profession in a concise, professional manner (e.g., in seminars, lectures, and continuing education presentations).

COMMUNITY INFORMATION: Texas A&M University is in Bryan-College Station, TX; a community of ~200,000, located between Dallas, Houston, Austin and San Antonio. Further information: State of Texas – http://www.texas.gov/; Bryan-College Station – www.visitaggieland.com or http://www.bcschamber.org/ Texas A&M University – http://www.tamu.edu/ Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences – http://vetmed.tamu.edu/ Further information about the ophthalmology intern position is available at the following website: http://vetmed.tamu.edu/VSCS/internships-residencies

Clinical Experience and Responsibilities

Medical Ophthalmology – Participate in clinical activities and primary case management under the direct supervision of an ACVO diplomate throughout the majority of the program. Clinical duties include diagnosing and treating animals with ocular disease, managing inpatients, and providing consultations for doctors from other hospital services and surrounding general practices.

Surgical Training – Assist the faculty ophthalmologist with intraocular ophthalmic surgeries, and receive instruction to perform extraocular procedures such as eyelid repair and enucleation.

Didactic Training – Participate in daily rounds, weekly journal club, and bi-monthly ocular pathology rounds. Attendance at the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists conference is encouraged. Elective rotation with the Comparative Ocular Pathology Laboratory of Wisconsin (COPLOW) will be arranged, if desired.

Research – Completion of a clinical-based ophthalmic research project with a seminar presentation is required by the end of the program. Interns are encouraged to prepare and submit a manuscript for publication in a peer-reviewed journal, and present their research at the following ACVO conference.

Teaching –Supervise and teach veterinary students and rotating interns in clinics as well as teaching laboratories.

Emergency Duty – Responsible for primary care of emergency referrals or transfers to the Ophthalmology Service after-hours 50% of the time, with back up from the ophthalmologist on call.

Elective and research time – Will be available up to 8% of the year

Requirements and Timeline for Application

1) Application Packet

a) Veterinary School Official Transcript from University Registrar
b) Personal Statement
c) Curriculum Vitae
d) 3 - 5 Letters of Reference Send all materials in pdf format to Janice Couts at jcouts@cvm.tamu.edu.

2) Selection Timeline:
January 23rd 2017 (5pm CST): Final deadline for electronic receipt of all application materials. Earlier applications preferred; late applications will not be reviewed.

All complete applications will be reviewed. If necessary, 3-4 finalists will be notified and invited to interview, either in person or by phone.

February 15th 2017 (11am CST): Offer made to successful candidate.

Questions can be directed to Lucien Vallone DVM DACVO at lvallone@cvm.tamu.edu

Employment Information


Opportunity to earn additional compensation: Additional compensation is available up to a maximum of $5,000 per year based on being the receiving clinician on duty for after-hours emergencies ($15/case).

Benefits: The Texas A&M System provides a full package of benefits to protect employees and their families during their working years and as a University retiree. Further information can be found at: http://employees.tamu.edu/benefits/general/

Vacation: As a Veterinary Specialty Intern, you are entitled to annual vacation leave and sick leave benefits similar to other faculty and staff at the University. In addition, you will earn compensatory time for the after-hours service you provide while working in the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. Interns are not allowed to take annual vacation leave or compensatory time during the last 4 weeks of June at the end of their program. Interns will not be paid for any remaining leave they have accrued when they terminate.

Prerequisites other than being a Graduate of a College of Veterinary Medicine (also applicable for graduates of universities outside the United States and Canada)

1) Successful completion of a rotating internship
2) DEA License
3) A valid regular license OR a special license to practice veterinary medicine in Texas. An applicant for a special license must:
a) have graduated from an AVMA-accredited college of veterinary medicine OR have the PAVE or ECFVG certificate, and
b) pass the jurisprudence examination (taken before arriving at TAMU at a COMIRA Testing Center). NOTE: $575 licensure fee paid by Texas A&M University

Visa Sponsorship

If you will require visa sponsoring or are unsure about your work status contact this program prior to applying. Note that the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences will not sponsor applicants for H-1B or E-3 nonimmigrant employee categories.

Texas A&M University is a smoke-free workplace.