Internship and Residency Program

The University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine is proud to offer training programs in a variety of specialties. Individual programs are described below. Unless otherwise specified, applications should be made through the Veterinary Intern/Resident Matching Program.

 

Residency Programs


Aquatic Medicine Residency Program

Food Animal Reproduction and Medicine Service Residency Program

  • Program Contact: Dr. Klibs Galvão
  • 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.

Large Animal Medicine Residency Program

  • Program Contact: Dr. Chris Sanchez
  • The residency in Large Animal Medicine at the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, consists of 3 years of intensive training in internal medicine. The program is designed to meet the requirements for full certification by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) in the specialty of Large Animal Internal Medicine. Residents are prepared for the General and Specialty examinations through individual mentoring, guided reading, journal club, seminars, and other directed resident teaching. Time is allotted during the second and third years of training for ACVIM boards preparation. Progression to the second and third years of the program is dependent upon satisfactory performance by the resident as evaluated in semi-annual reviews.

    Approximately two-thirds of the resident’s time will be spent in primary clinical service (daytime and after-hours) under the supervision and guidance of 5 ACVIM Diplomates in Large Animal Internal Medicine. The Alec P. and Louise Courtelis Equine Teaching Hospital is an air-conditioned 35,000 ft2 facility which contains multiple surgical and recovery suites, neonatal/adult intensive care unit, and a self-contained 6-stall isolation building. A full range of diagnostic/therapeutic equipment is available, including 1- and 3-meter video endoscopy, dynamic endoscopy, a service-designated ultrasound, laparoscopy, neurologic electrodiagnostic equipment, point of care blood analyzers, datascope/pulse oximetry, ventilator, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, nuclear scintigraphy, digital radiography, pulmonary function testing, Televet ECG, covered arena and high-speed treadmill. Two large, well-ventilated barns house our equine in-patient caseload, with a separate barn for ruminant inpatients.

Large Animal Surgery Residency Program

  • Program Contact: Dr. Adam Biedrzycki
  • The University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine offers a four year conforming program in Large Animal Surgery which is specifically designed to fulfill all requirements established by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons while completing a Masters of Veterinary Science degree. The program is structured according to the guidelines defined by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. The first year of the program is dedicated to pursuit of the MS degree and is designed to provide the resident with a sound foundation in research as well as large animal anatomy and the fundamentals of surgery prior to the commencement of the clinical training. The subsequent 3-year clinical program is primarily devoted to in-hospital service. Clinical services are divided into a general service and a sports medicine/orthopaedic service. The surgery services are technologically current and are at the forefront of veterinary surgery. Surgical skills and judgment will be built through operative experience, teaching of professional students, and participation in veterinary and surgical rounds and seminars. Involvement in short-term controlled research projects is required. It is the intent of the program to provide a broad foundation for a future career in academic surgery or specialized practice. Residents have access to five board certified large animal surgical faculty members.

 

Internship Programs

Food Animal Reproduction and Medicine Service Residency Program

  • Program Contact: Dr. Klibs Galvão
  • 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 farms and ranches at both local and distant locations, providing herd health care (preventive medicine) and emergency support to clients. 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. Interns will be supervised by senior clinicians when visiting herds for scheduled herd health programs. Interns will be responsible for assisting clinicians and residents in organizing routine herd visits, communication with clients via telephone and record keeping.
    Interns are encouraged to attend all possible lectures in the Preventive Medicine Course. Interns will assist in student laboratories on a rotational basis. Interns 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. Interns are expected to help supervise student club activities for the Food Animal Club and Theriogenology Club, often on Saturdays. Regular scheduled participatory activities include student and Faculty/Resident/Intern journal clubs (which alternate weekly with student-led discussions of research journal papers), case rounds and research project discussions (approximately monthly) within FARMS.
    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.

    Large Animal Surgery Internship Program

  • The University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine Aquatic Animal Health Program internship is a rotating one year introductory training program in aquatic clinical medicine with a research component for graduate veterinarians that have completed a one year post DVM training or intern program. The internship includes mentorship from faculty in the Aquatic Animal Health Program and the zoological medicine service, radiology, and anesthesia service (3 week rotations), research rotation and external rotations at the Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory (UF-TAL) (School of Forest Resources and Conservation), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Marine Mammal Pathobiology Laboratory (MMPL), the Florida Aquarium, SeaWorld of Florida, Volusia County Marine Science Center, and Jacksonville Zoo. When available the intern will accompany the program coordinator to Clearwater Marine Aquarium. A research project related to ongoing marine mammal concerns or problems will be included and the intern will participate in zoo medicine rounds as well as journal club in early preparation for possible ACZM boards in their career. During the program, the intern will also be given the opportunity to participate in the University of Florida Aquatic Animal Health program’s courses with at least one lecture beyond their college presentation and field health assessments of dolphins and manatees with the programs partners. This internship will provide veterinary experience and training in the areas of marine animal medicine, stranding response for manatees and dolphins, public aquarium and zoo medicine and marine mammal research topics. It will also incorporate training in management, interpersonal skills and team based medicine required for a successful career in the field. The intern will be expected to actively participate in the IAAAM meeting with a poster or oral presentation on their research or a case report. Interns will be evaluated by their sponsors at the facilities and the college as part of the learning process.