Small Animal Surgery Residency

The Department of Clinical Sciences at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University offers a residency in Small Animal Surgery. Qualifications include graduation from an accredited College of Veterinary Medicine and completion of an internship program or equivalent experience. This program presently utilizes the clinical facilities and surgical caseloads of The Foster Hospital for Small Animals located at Cummings School, 200 Westboro Road, North Grafton, MA. Cummings School faculty are board certified in their respective areas and provide a formidable source of expertise and knowledge for the self-motivated resident.

The residency is a three-year program structured to meet the requirements established by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. It provides clinical training and service responsibility and numerous conferences provide additional academic training. In addition, clinical rotations are provided in radiology, anesthesiology, pathology, neurology, neurosurgery, cardiology, oncology, behavior, exotics, critical care and small animal medicine. A rotation may be provided at one of the area’s human hospitals, depending upon the resident’s area of interest.

Residents bear the primary responsibility for emergency surgical coverage. Residents actively participate in the instruction of veterinary students in the hospital clinics, and the spay clinic.

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. 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. Continuation in the program from year to year is contingent upon satisfactory performance. Semi-annual evaluations of progress are provided to each resident. A certificate of residency is awarded to the candidate upon successful completion of the training program. The hospital has a dress code. Close affiliations with public and private regional medical and biotechnology centers exist.

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.