The Foster Hospital for Small Animals, Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, is located in North Grafton, MA, about 40 miles west of Boston. The Emergency and Critical Care services operate separately within the same facility, providing care for both referral and "walk -in" emergency patients as well as for general medicine and surgical referrals from veterinarians in the greater New England area. The emergency service manages over 8,000 cases annually out of a total hospital case load of ~27,927. The Foster Hospital for Small Animals is a full-service hospital, an approved ACVECC residency training facility, and designated by the ACVECC as a Veterinary Trauma Center. The hospital is equipped to support all the veterinary medical specialties with facilities for surgery (5 suites), anesthesia, special procedures (endoscopy, bronchoscopy), dialysis, blood banking, neurology, diagnostic imaging (including ultrasonography, fluoroscopy, CT , nuclear scanning and MRI) cardiology, nutrition and an oncology wing with a linear accelerator, an intensive care unit (ICU) and a separate emergency room . The emergency and critical care services are supported by all of the clinical specialties within the hospital as well as by an on-site diagnostic laboratory.
The emergency and critical care services of Tufts University are staffed 24 hours a day. The technical support staff of the hospital is well educated and specialized, with 16 full-time ECC technicians (4 board certified by the AVECCT) caring for approximately 8,000 cases/year that present through the ER and 3,000 cases hospitalized in the ICU. Highly trained technicians provide round-the-clock support for animals hospitalized in other areas of the hospital. The ICU is equipped and able to provide care to patients at the highest level, including positive pressure ventilation, 20-30/yr dialysis and other advanced life-support techniques. Major emergency surgeries are provided by: an on-call surgery and anesthesia team, faculty and house officers in emergency and critical care, 11 residents, 8 small animal rotating interns, and 2 ECC interns, and four to six fourth year veterinary students who rotate through the emergency and critical care services on a weekly basis. Residents participate in primary patient care and emergency receiving (including exotic animal emergencies), clinical and didactic instruction of veterinary students and interns, and daily cage-side rounds. Residents in the Department of Clinical Sciences are required to teach students on clinical rotations, assess student performance through student grades and clinical competency tracking, and instruct students in clinical skills laboratories. Our seminars and conferences are an integral part of residency training. Critical care and other hospital faculty are available around the clock for consultation.
The three-year residency program is designed to provide advanced clinical training in emergency and critical care medicine to qualify the individual for certification by the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. Clinical time will be divided between emergency receiving and critical care, with 22 weeks scheduled to fulfill the ACVECC requirement for immersion in internal medicine, surgery, anesthesia, cardiology, radiology and other specialties. Residents will spend an additional 6 weeks per year at our second clinical training site. Tufts Veterinary Emergency Treatment & Specialties (Tufts VETS) is a state of the art multi-specialty practice with an annual caseload exceeding 13,000 cases located in Walpole, MA that is also approved as an ACVECC residency training facility. At Tufts VETS, residents will gain emergency and critical care experience in a specialty practice setting under the supervision of 3 ACVECC Diplomates with the support of specialists in internal medicine, surgery, radiology, cardiology, ophthalmology, and dermatology. While at Tufts VETS, residents will also be responsible for clinical supervision and teaching of rotating interns and students.
Finally, clinical research is a priority for the residency and both time and mentorship will be provided for development of research projects, manuscript preparation, and professional development. Residents are required to conduct a research project during their residency and submit a manuscript for publication in a peer-reviewed professional journal before completing their program. Failure to meet this publication requirement may delay signing of the residency certificate.
Appointments will be made for 12 months with annual renewal based on satisfactory completion of the previous year. A certificate of residency is awarded to the candidate upon successful completion of the training program.
Residents participate in the University benefits programs, including health and life insurance. Annual vacation, a travel allotment and professional liability insurance is provided.
The applicant should submit his or her application through AAVC's Veterinary Internship and Residency Matching Program.
Tufts University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.