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FARMS Residency Program

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Food Animal Reproduction and Medicine Service Residency Program

The UF Veterinary Hospitals (UFVH) and the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences offer a 2 or 3 -year Residency program in the Food Animal Reproduction and Medicine Service (FARMS).

Program Description

The Food Animal Reproduction and Medicine Service (FARMS) conducts instruction, service and research activities with food animals, in Florida, primarily with dairy (80%) and beef (15%) cattle, but also with small ruminants and swine (5%). Virtually all these activities are on-farm. FARMS undertakes clinical activities at private farms and ranches at both local and distant locations, providing herd health care (preventive medicine) and emergency support. In addition, FARMS has responsibility for the health of all agricultural animals used for research at the University. Herd health and regulatory responsibilities extend to University dairy, beef, sheep and swine units. FARMS provides experience in “hands on” cases as well as investigations of special problems throughout the State of Florida. Residents are an integral and significant part of this program, progressing towards greater autonomy with both clients and students as their residency progresses.

First year residents are expected to attend all possible lectures in the Preventive or Production Medicine Course. All residents will assist in student laboratories on a rotational basis. Residents are expected and encouraged to attend the formal teaching activities conducted by FARMS faculty in didactic courses as well as attend relevant seminars in the CVM, Department of Animal Sciences and other venues both on and off campus. These activities include State and National meetings in relevant areas. Regular scheduled participatory activities include student and Faculty/Resident journal clubs (which alternate weekly with student-led discussions of research journal papers), case rounds and research project discussions (at regular intervals) within FARMS. Residents are expected to help supervise student club activities for the Food Animal Club and Theriogenology Club, often on Saturdays. In addition, residents are required to present seminars at the Resident seminar series.

The FARMS Residency is of 2 year’s duration, with provision for a combined Residency/MS program which takes 3 years. FARMS faculty, residents, and interns are involved with a number of research projects, acting both as principle investigators and co-investigators. Excellent collaboration exists with Animal Sciences as well as with other Departments in the CVM.

Objectives

The objectives of the program are to train graduate veterinarians for careers in preventive food animal medicine. The ultimate objective is Board certification and/or completion of a Master of Science degree. The Residency is aimed primarily at ABVP (Food Animal) requirements although some flexibility is possible for the American College of Theriogenologists (ACT) or the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine.

Goals of the Residency Program

The program is designed to provide a broad-based knowledge of the fundamentals of food animal reproduction and medicine including the following:

  • Herd health and management
  • Reproductive management
  • Nutrition management
  • Mastitis control
  • Infectious disease control
  • Neonate health and management
  • Foot health
  • Parasite control
  • Toxicosis prevention
  • Responsible drug use and residue prevention
  • Therapeutics
  • Necropsy/Pathology

Prerequisites

  • DVM degree or equivalent degree from a college of veterinary medicine
  • One or more years of an approved internship or practice experience in food animal medicine
  • English proficiency

Resident Selection Procedure

FARMS faculty evaluate the application pool and select the candidates. Selection will be based on:

  • The individual’s curriculum vitae including college transcripts
  • A statement of interests and goals
  • Reference letters from a minimum of three qualified individuals
  • Prior veterinary experience
  • Previous scholarly activities
  • Optional interview is encouraged

Application

Email: letter of intent, copy of academic transcripts, CV, and 3 letters of reference by December 15 for a program start date of July 15 of the subsequent year to Dr. Klibs N. Galvão, DVM, MPVM, PhD, Dipl. ACT at galvaok@ufl.edu. We encourage interviews for resident candidates. Interviews are scheduled during October through the first two weeks in January. Please contact Dr. Klibs Galvão, to request an interview. An electronic copy of the candidate’s CV and transcripts must be included.

Case Load

Our residents serve as primary clinician on the majority of the cases seen by the FARMS service. We also encourage the residents to take the lead on employee training and troubleshooting disease outbreaks or management issues at the clients’ farms.

Below is the number of call and the average number of animals/cases seen per year.

Year 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Calls 543 464 482 491 436 425 471 514 576 542
Anim/visit 36.2 39.8 48.0 48.0 54.3 58.3 63.5 56.1 52.9 52.7
Total animals 19,674 18,464 23,119 23,586 23,676 24,778 29,893 28,819 30,487 28,560

Responsibilities of Residents During Their Clinical Training

Responsibilities of FARMS residents consist of clinical assignments, which include patient care, participation in the clinical teaching of veterinary students, lectures to underclassmen, resident seminars, and some participation in the Theriogenology and palpation laboratories and continuing education courses. Responsibilities will include rotating night and weekend emergency duty.

Academic Requirements

All residents must conduct a research project, and prepare a manuscript in a format acceptable for publication in a refereed journal. Requirements of specialty boards will be completed in accordance with the board requirements. To fulfill the requirement for the ABVP (if planning on taking the board) the resident must keep a log of the preventive medicine procedures and analysis of a given production – management system covering a full year, and prepare two clinical case reports in a format acceptable for publication in a refereed or clinical journal.

Residency Certificate Requirements

  • Each resident will present one seminar per year in the CVM Resident Seminar Series. Topics must be selected three months in advance.
  • Each resident musthave one major manuscript submitted to a refereed journal by the end of his or her program.
  • The Resident Program Coordinator maintains a folder for each resident. Residents are responsible for keeping their file current by noting fulfillment of required obligations, updating their curriculum vitae, and providing a copy of all manuscripts submitted for publication.
  • A certificate of residency will be awarded at the end of the residency only when stipulated requirements are satisfied and the resident’s committee members have signed the Residency Completion Form.

Rounds and Seminars

The FARMS Section meets weekly on Fridays for journal club, student case presentation, and seminar for students. The residents are required to participate in all activities by presenting research articles, participating in case discussions, and presenting seminars to students. Residents are required to present a seminar to fellow residents and faculty as part of the Resident Seminar Series every year.

Research

Residents will produce at least one peer reviewed publications during their program. Resident research projects must be reviewed by the resident’s (Master’s of Science or American Board of Veterinary Practitioners) advisor as well as appropriate FARMS faculty. Each resident will be expected to participate in an independent or joint prospective study and/or original research and the resident is encouraged to seek funding from both local and national sources. An annual Resident Research Award Competition through the Dean’s office funds many small resident projects (up to $2,000.00) with (mandatory) faculty assistance.

Resident Evaluation

The FARMS faculty will evaluate the progress of each resident biannually. This serves for guidance of the resident and to provide constructive criticism to aid their clinical, academic and professional development. Each resident will be requested to evaluate the residency program annually, and the FARMS faculty at the end of their program.

Salary

The stipend for graduate students is set by the College of Veterinary Medicine while the salary for residents during the clinical phase of their training is set by the UFVH’s Hospital Board. The current salary is $32,500/year. Incremental annual raises of $500.00 are generally awarded following completion of each year of service during the clinical phase of training.

Fringe Benefits

  • Vacation: Residents are allowed 15 working days vacation per year, to be taken at times arranged with the FARMS faculty. Vacation time is to be taken when the resident is not expected to be on clinics or emergency duty. Requests should be made on the standard University Leave forms well in
    advance, and must be signed by the Resident Program Coordinator or Service Chiefs as well as the Department Chairman.
  • Tuition: the CVM pays for half of the tuition costs for residents pursuing their Masters degree. The other half is usually paid by the faculty research advisor, although this is not mandatory. In case of lack of funds from the faculty, the resident will be required to pay tuition fees for courses in which they are enrolled during pursuit of their Masters degree. So far the FARMS faculty have been able to support all the residents pursuing a Masters degree.
  • Meetings: Residents are encouraged to attend one specialty or national meeting each year. The CVM provides $500/year to help defray the cost of these meetings. Subsidization of additional costs may be considered by the faculty advisor or Department Chair based on the merits of the request (i.e., presentation of a scientific abstract).
  • Insurance: An elaborate benefit package is provided to each resident. This employer-paid package includes a multitude of coverage’s including; medical, dental, vision, life, accidental death & dismemberment, disability, pet, legal, cancer, long term disability, and accident (out of pocket) insurance. With most of the plans, there is also the option to include family members on the coverage at no extra cost to the Resident. If a resident suffers a work related injury, the resident is generally covered under the workers’ compensation program of the University provided the resident complies with the requirements of the worker’s compensation program.
  • Miscellaneous: coveralls and cellular phones (to be used for work related purposes only) are provided.