Comparative Ophthalmology Specialty Internship Training Program- University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine

Posted (12/19/16)

The University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine is offering a Comparative Ophthalmology specialty internship training program. The Veterinary Medical Center is a busy primary and secondary care referral center with over 40,000 companion animal accessions per year. Comparative Ophthalmology patients are also presented through the Piper Equine Hospital at the Leatherdale Equine Center, the University of Minnesota Raptor Center, and local zoological parks. Our hospital includes specialists in Anesthesia, Clinical Pathology, Cardiology, Dermatology, Emergency/Critical Care, Primary Care, Internal Medicine, Integrative Medicine, Neurology, Nutrition, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Radiology, Rehabilitation/Sports Medicine, and Surgery.

The Comparative Ophthalmology internship is a 1-year program designed to provide advanced training in ophthalmology for those seeking future application for an ophthalmology residency program. The intern will be supervised by one or more board certified ophthalmologists as well as two ophthalmology technicians. Primary duties will include providing primary patient care, supervising and teaching veterinary students participating in ophthalmology-related courses and clinical activities, and providing phone and on-site consultation for other services and for referring veterinarians. The Comparative Ophthalmology intern will have the opportunity to participate in clinical seminars and rounds, including Veterinary Clinical Sciences Grand Rounds, cytology rounds, morbidity and mortality conference, and other available rounds and journal clubs. Mentored research and scholarly clinical activities are available.

Required qualifications include a DVM or VMD Degree from an accredited college of veterinary medicine or comparable degree from a foreign institution, successful completion of a one-year rotating internship, and a license to practice in the state of Minnesota (obtained after arrival). For licensure, the Minnesota Board of Veterinary Medicine requires that all applicants are required to have passed the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE) prior to the start of the internship. In addition, all graduates of non-AVMA accredited institutions need to hold completion certificates from either the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG) or the Program for the Assessment of Veterinary Education Equivalence (PAVE), prior to application submission. Interviews may be conducted in person or via Skype.

Annual salary for this position is $27,500 plus benefits. Benefits include 10 days of vacation per year, professional liability insurance, health insurance, professional development funds ($500), and free parking in close proximity to the CVM.

Qualified applicants should apply at the University of Minnesota Online Employment website at and use 314824 in the keyword search function. Please include a letter stating career goals and a curriculum vitae. In addition, the applicant should request that letters of reference be submitted from 3 individuals knowledgeable of the applicant’s activities. Letters of reference should include assessments of the applicant’s clinical skills, teaching abilities, and interpersonal skills. Reference letters should be sent to:

Michala de Linde Henriksen, DVM, PhD, DACVO
Veterinary Clinical Sciences Department
University of Minnesota
College of Veterinary Medicine
Room C339 VMC
1352 Boyd Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108
FAX: 612-624-0751

Selection procedure:
1. Deadline for application is January 20th 2017.
2. All applications will be reviewed.
3. If necessary, three to four finalists will be notified and invited to interview, either in person or by phone, on or about February 1, 2017. You will not be required to travel to the University of Minnesota for an interview and there will not be a specific interview day.
4. Successful Interns will be selected by February 15, 2017. For additional information regarding this position please contact the Program Director, Michala de Linde Henriksen DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVO, (612-625-9272).

We are seeking to enrich the diversity of our University community. We invite applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply. The University of Minnesota is an Equal Opportunity Educator & Employer