The comparative ophthalmology residency is a 3 year training
program supported by the Department of Small Animal Clinical
Sciences at Texas A&M University. The ophthalmology
resident will join a specialty ophthalmology intern and will be
directly supervised by two ACVO Diplomates (Erin Scott and Lucien
Vallone), and supported by two licensed veterinary technicians to
provide advanced eye care to small, large, and exotic
animals. Read more about our team here: (
This residency emphasizes clinical exposure to a diverse
caseload. The Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at TAMU is
a well-equipped facility with a diverse faculty and superb support
- This program has a clinical emphasis, though the resident will
receive training for a career in either a private practice or
- The resident is expected to become qualified to take the
certifying examination of the American Board of Veterinary
Experience and Responsibilities:
- Medical Ophthalmology – Participate in clinical
activities and primary case management under the direct supervision
of an ACVO diplomate throughout the majority of the program.
Clinical duties include diagnosing and treating animals with ocular
disease, managing inpatients, and providing consultations for
veterinarians from other hospital services and surrounding general
- Surgical Training – Residents will progress
through surgical training, gaining independence in a broad variety
of surgeries over time. Surgery of the adnexa, nasolacrimal
system, orbit, cornea, and lens are emphasized. Wet labs are
scheduled every 6 months for the purpose of training residents in
instrument handling and microscopic technique.
- Didactic Training – Participate in daily rounds,
weekly journal club, and bi-monthly ocular pathology rounds.
Regular attendance at the annual American College of Veterinary
Ophthalmologists will be supported.
- Research – Completion of a clinical-based
ophthalmic research project with an intramural seminar presentation
is required by the end of the program. Preparation and
submission of at least one manuscript for publication in a
peer-reviewed journal is also required. Presentation of this
research at an annual ACVO conference is strongly encouraged.
- Teaching –Supervise and teach veterinary students
and rotating interns in clinics as well as teaching
- Emergency Duty – Responsible for primary care of
emergency referrals or transfers to the Ophthalmology Service
after-hours 50% of the time, including weekends and holidays, with
back up from the ophthalmologist on call.
- Elective and research time – Twenty four weeks of
off-clinic time are distributed over the 3-year program for
research and study. The resident will participate in William
Magrane Basic Science Course in Veterinary and Comparative
Ophthalmology. Elective rotation with the Comparative Ocular
Pathology Laboratory of Wisconsin (COPLOW) will be arranged, if
Advertised Position (2018-2021):
Please see the comparative ophthalmology residency advertisement
here for specific information regarding this year’s application
requirements, applicant prerequisites, deadline for materials and
selection date, and contact information.
- Non-compete clause: Employees must agree the
terms of a 2-year non-compete clause within a 90 mile radius of the
Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. This clause goes into
effect following the last day of the resident’s employment at
- Opportunity to earn additional compensation:
Additional compensation is available up to a maximum of 5,000 per
year based on being the receiving clinician on duty for after-hours
- Benefits: The Texas A&M System provides a full
package of benefits to protect employees and their families during
their working years and as a University retiree. Further
information can be found at: http://employees.tamu.edu/benefits/general/
- Vacation: As a resident, you are entitled to
annual vacation leave and sick leave benefits similar to other
faculty and staff at the University. In addition, you will earn
compensatory time for the after-hours service you provide while
working in the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. Interns are
not allowed to take annual vacation leave or compensatory time
during the last 4 weeks of June at the end of their program.
Residents will not be paid for any remaining leave they have
accrued when they terminate.
- Records of up to date rabies and tetanus vaccination/protective
- A passing score on the NAVLE
- Graduation from an AVMA-accredited college of veterinary
medicine with completion of DVM or VMD degree
- A valid regular license or special license to practice
veterinary medicine in Texas which requires a passing score on the
on the Texas State Board examination.
Note: Texas A&M University will
reimburse the $515 licensure fee.
- DEA license
- Successful completion of a rotating internship.
- Note: For graduates of non-AVMA-accredited
colleges of veterinary medicine, the applicant will need to obtain
the PAVE or the ECFVG certificate prior to taking the Texas State
Board examination, however please note that the Department of Small
Animal Clinical Sciences is not able to sponsor applicants for H-1B
or E-3 non-immigrant employee categories. For questions
regarding applicant prerequisites, please contact Ms. Janice Couts
- Letter of intent – statement of the candidate’s interests and
goals in ophthalmology
- Resume/Curriculum Vitae – including cumulative GPA, class rank,
phone and e-mail contact information.
- Copy of transcripts – including both preclinical and clinical
- Three letters of recommendation – additional letters will not
be accepted. Note:
Letters should be sent to Ms.
Janice Couts by the person authoring the letter via e-mail with
the subject line reading: “Recommendation. Applicant’s Last
Name. Applicant’s First Name”
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