The Department of Large Animal Medicine at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine invites applications for internship positions in the Large Animal Veterinary Teaching Hospital. The program is suited to a wide range of recently graduated veterinarians interested in almost all aspects of large animal practice. The goals of the program are to provide increased clinical experience and exposure, and provide an introduction to teaching and research in order to prepare recently graduated veterinarians to enter general practice or an advanced training program; past interns have successfully pursued diverse fields including surgery, medicine, sports medicine, diagnostic imaging, and pathology, as well as general practice. Rotating interns participate primarily in surgery, medicine, and emergency rotations (3 weeks) as well as a single rotation through the anesthesia service. Requests for alternative additional rotations are considered on an individual basis. Interns provide primary case care under the direct supervision of senior clinical faculty and residents. The faculty are comprised of four board certified surgeons, four board certified internists and two board certified emergency and critical care specialists (also board certified in surgery). They are supported by board certified specialists in other disciplines including anesthesia, ophthalmology, radiology, dentistry, and theriogenology. Additionally, the Teaching Hospital has a farrier/podiatrist on site and faculty trained in sports medicine. Emergency duty is on a rotating basis. The majority of emergency duty for each intern will be during 3-5 emergency/critical care rotations where their primary responsibilities are receiving emergencies and supporting the care of critical inpatient after hours (nights/weekends) and they are off duty during the days. The Large Animal Teaching Hospital receives between 2500 and 3000 inpatient and outpatient cases per year. The caseload is approximately 85% equine and 15% cattle, small ruminants, pigs, and new world camelids. The hospital is well equipped with endoscopic equipment (flexible and rigid endoscopes), shock wave, ultrasound, radiography, nuclear scintigraphy, CT, and MRI.
Ten days of annual leave and 12 days of sick leave are available. As you will be a graduate student in this program, you may be able to postpone repayment on student loans; every applicant is advised to ascertain how their loan repayment will be affected by contacting their loan providers. However, your graduate student status is likely to adversely affect your ability to enroll in the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program and for as long as you remain a graduate student. Please note that the University of Georgia Large Animal Rotating Hospital Internship Program does not participate in the Veterinary Intern Resident Matching Program. The internship cannot be used to satisfy the clinical evaluation portion of the ECFVG.
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DVM or equivalent degree required. Applications should include a letter of intent, resume or CV, copy(s) of your official academic transcripts, application form (https://vet.uga.edu/applications/lam-internship), and at least three letters of reference. Completed applications must be submitted electronically directly to the Large Animal Medicine Department (firstname.lastname@example.org) by November 1, 2020. Three interns will be accepted each year. Notification of successful candidates will occur by November 23, 2020. Unfortunately, visits to the College are not possible this year due to current Covid-19 related restrictions. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. If after reviewing your CV, the committee members agree that you would be a suitable candidate, we will contact you regarding potential interview dates. The starting date for the internship is 06/18/2021 and ending date is 06/30/22.
Successful candidates must obtain a license to practice veterinary medicine in Georgia. A faculty license may be obtained without examination for $10. The faculty license allows the intern to practice only in the Teaching Hospital. To obtain a regular license in Georgia, the individual must take the Georgia State Board examination and be a graduate of an accredited institution or have completed the requirements of the ECFVG program of the AVMA. Details regarding regular licensing can be found at http://sos.ga.gov/index.php/licensing. Funds are available to pay AVMA dues. Additionally, a U.S. Driver’s License is required prior to entering the program. Further information on obtaining a Georgia Driver’s License can be found here: https://www.dmv.org/ga-georgia/apply-license.php. The internship is a non-degree graduate program leading to an official University certificate of internship. Tuition for this program is reduced to $25 per semester, but fees are the responsibility of the individual (approximately $3,250/year in 2020). An optional Graduate Assistant Payment Plan is available that allows for installment payments to be set up and automatically drafted from a bank account or credit card (4 installments for the fall and spring semesters, 2 installments for the summer semester). An annual parking pass is currently $240 and can also be paid via the Graduate Assistant Payment Plan. Successful applicants must apply to the University of Georgia Graduate School online. Details can be found at http://www.uga.edu/gradschool/index.html and click “Prospective Students.” There is a one-time application fee ($75 domestic students/ and $100 international students in 2020-2021). Additional information for our international applicants can be found here: https://international.uga.edu/issis and https://isl.uga.edu/. International students will pay a one-time SEVIS fee (currently $200). For more information on the amount of the fee, who is subject to the fee, and how to pay it, see the SEVIS fee website: http://www.ice.gov/sevis/i901/.
Professional liability insurance is provided by the University. Health insurance is mandatory and is the responsibility of the individual. Proof of immunization for measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, chicken pox, hepatitis and rabies is required. A health policy is offered through UGA Health Services with United Health Care for students (http://www.uhs.uga.edu/insurance/index.html) for which they must enroll for unless they have received an approved waiver. If the applicant enrolls in the University Health Policy, they are advised that it does not begin until August 1 so that interns are responsible for securing their own health insurance that is effective through July 31, 2020.
As required by University of Georgia policy, the successful candidate will be subject to background investigation. The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status.