The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine is accepting applications for a three-year residency in veterinary ophthalmology.

The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine is accepting applications for a three-year residency in veterinary ophthalmology. The residency will conform to the guidelines of the American Board of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ABVO) and will begin July 16, 2018. Our ophthalmology residency program emphasizes clinical training, clinical teaching, and research experience gained while working with a supportive team of both ACVO and ECVO diplomates and vision scientists. The resident will be based in Philadelphia at the Ryan Veterinary Hospital, with time being spent at the George D. Widener Hospital, the University of Pennsylvania’s large-animal facility at New Bolton Centre. Penn’s veterinary hospitals have a considerable and diverse patient population, which ensures that our residents gain experience with small and large domestic animals as well as exotic species.

The program is structured to prepare the resident for specialty practice in ophthalmology, with the majority of time devoted to the clinical services. The focus is on developing proficiency in diagnostic and therapeutic veterinary ophthalmology, along with surgical expertise, through extensive mentorship. Participation in journal club, ocular pathology and clinical case rounds, monthly textbook review and image recognitions sessions is an integral part of the program. Presentations at in-house rounds and at one annual ACVO meeting are required. The School of Veterinary Medicine is part of a large biomedical community in Philadelphia; attendance at rounds/seminars held at Scheie Eye Institute and other area hospitals is expected. Our residents also attend the ACVO Basic Science Course.

Ophthalmology emergency duty is shared equally with the senior ophthalmology resident.


  • DVM, VMD or equivalent degree
  • Veterinarian in good standing without encumbrance in any U.S. state or jurisdiction
  • Proof of current rabies prophylactic immunization
  • Preference will be given to those applicants who have completed a rotating veterinary internship
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S., Canada or Mexico

Salary for the position will be $31,000 per year. Residents are entitled to ten days of paid vacation, in addition to national holidays observed by the university; residents are required to share emergency duty for these official holidays. Employee benefits include health, dental, vision and professional liability insurance; parking is provided near the Ryan hospital. Continued annual re-appointment is contingent upon satisfactory performance and available funding. Upon completion of all requirements of the program a ‘Certificate of Residency’ will be granted.

Interested veterinarians should submit their resume, a personal letter of introduction and intent, and three letters of recommendation to Elaine Holt DVM, DACVO at Applicants invited to attend for interview will be required to forward a copy of veterinary school transcripts. The application deadline is December 31, 2017.

There is a minimum 35-mile radius non-compete clause upon completion of the residency program. Employment as a veterinarian outside of the Matthew J. Ryan and George D. Widener Veterinary Hospitals during the residency training program is not permitted.

The University of Pennsylvania is an Equal Opportunity Employer; minorities/women/individuals with disabilities/protected veterans are encouraged to apply.