The Small Animal Medical Oncology Residency Program is a 3-year, non-degree program designed to provide advanced clinical training in oncology and related fields leading to ACVIM certification. The residents participate in primary patient care, daily rounds, seminars, and clinical conferences. Training occurs in the Harrington Oncology Program in the Foster Hospital for Small Animals, located in North Grafton, MA, approximately 40 miles west of Boston. The Hospital serves as a major referral center for canine and feline cancer patients from all over New England.
A major portion of the residency will be spent on clinical rotations under the supervision of four board-certified medical oncologists and a board-certified radiation oncologist. The radiation oncology service boasts a Varian iX linear accelerator with 6 MV photon and 6-20 MeV electron capabilities as well as cone beam CT and RapidArc technology. This unit also has a 120-leaf collimator that allows for IMRT and SRT capabilities. A well-educated and supportive technical staff play an important role in the school's clinical and teaching service. In addition, the program is supported by specialists in internal medicine, emergency and critical care, cardiology, neurology, ophthalmology, radiology, surgery, zoological companion animal medicine, and pathology.
Oncology residents have the opportunity to rotate through many of these services to increase their overall medical knowledge. As a contribution to the educational mission of the school and an opportunity to gain additional teaching experience, 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 one clinical skills laboratory per year. Other teaching opportunities are available for interested residents.
Residents participate in several ongoing clinical trials of new therapeutic agents and procedures through the Clinical Trials Office as well as other clinical research. All 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, regardless of publication history. Failure to meet this publication requirement may delay signing of the residency certificate. Personal development time is provided for this and to prepare for ACVIM board examinations.
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.
The applicant should submit his or her application through AAVC's Veterinary Internship and Residency Matching Program.
For further information contact Dr. Heather Gardner.
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