Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences
Equine Field Service Residency Program
The Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine offers a 3-year Equine Field Service residency program with concurrent graduate studies for completion of a Master of Science degree. The residency program is designed to train specialists in equine practice to fulfill the requirements for certification by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, equine specialty.
The Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine is located in Blacksburg, Virginia. The Equine Field Service unit serves a 35-mile radius surrounding Blacksburg providing primary care to horses on-farm and in-hospital. Each year approximately 4,000 horses are examined. The service has four fully equipped ambulatory vehicles and provides routine and comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic services including digital radiography, ultrasonography, endoscopy, and shockwave therapy. The senior clinicians with the EFS group are board certified in practitioner boards (ABVP, equine practice), surgery and internal medicine. Additionally, some clinicians also provide podiatry, chiropractic and acupuncture care. We perform preventive health care, reproductive services, performance horse evaluations, neurologic examinations and sick horse care to a wide range of clients/patients. The caseload is varied and includes horses used for hunting, eventing, jumping, show, trail, pleasure, dressage and breeding.
The Equine Field Service unit is part of a 24 stall large animal hospital including a 3 stall isolation unit, neonatal intensive care unit, two operating suites, and a podiatry barn. The hospital is equipped with video-endoscopy, ultrasonography, surgical laser, nuclear scintigraphy, computed tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging. The large animal in-house caseload is approximately 1,000 animals per year. The majority of cases are horses (90%) and the rest of the cases are alpacas, cattle, sheep, goats, and pigs. Cases may be managed in-hospital as an extension of cases seen in-field.
The resident is part of the team providing daily and emergency care to Field Service clients and is responsible for case care, emergency duty, clinic rounds, medical records and presenting seminars each semester. The resident is also enrolled as a graduate student at Virginia Tech and will take didactic coursework each semester to complete requirements toward a Master of Science degree. In addition, completion of a research project and thesis is required. Time is allocated during the residency to take courses and complete research and publication requirements. In addition, elective rotations are available to allow the resident to pursue individual interests or to develop a specialty. For example, if the resident is interested in podiatry, AFA certification can be pursued during these rotations. Performance is evaluated every 6 months and appointment to the residency is renewed annually based on satisfactory completion of the program and hospital duties. Residency completion is awarded after fulfilling all the requirements of the residency and the graduate program.
To apply, please send a CV, transcripts, a personal statement and contact information for three references. Materials can be emailed to email@example.com or sent to VMCVM attn. Dr. Rebecca Funk, 205 Duckpond Drive, Blacksburg, VA 24061.