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Ophthalmology Specialty

Program Description:

The “George Jewell/Kool Whip Willie Endowed Internship in Comparative Ophthalmology” is a 12 month training program supported by the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences at Texas A&M University.  The ophthalmology-dedicated intern will join an ophthalmology resident 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 internship benefits from a diverse caseload and well-equipped facility with a diverse faculty and superb support staff.

Training Objectives:

  • To provide the intern with the opportunity to become familiar with advanced medical and surgery therapies in veterinary ophthalmology
  • To improve the intern’s ability to convey clinical information and concepts to other members of the veterinary profession in a concise, professional manner (e.g., in seminars, lectures, and continuing education presentations).
  • To further equip the intern to compete for an ABVO-certified residency training program in comparative ophthalmology

Clinical 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 practices.
  • Surgical Training – Assist the faculty ophthalmologist with intraocular ophthalmic surgeries, and receive instruction to perform extraocular procedures such as eyelid repair and enucleation
  • Didactic Training – Participate in daily rounds, weekly journal club, and bi-monthly ocular pathology rounds. Attendance at the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists conference is encouraged.
  • Research – Completion of a clinical-based ophthalmic research project with a seminar presentation is required by the end of the program. Interns are encouraged to prepare and submit a manuscript for publication in a peer-reviewed journal, and present their research at the following ACVO conference.
  • Teaching –Supervise and teach veterinary students and rotating interns in clinics as well as teaching laboratories.
  • 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 – Six weeks of elective and/or research time will be available to the intern.  Elective rotation with the Comparative Ocular Pathology Laboratory of Wisconsin (COPLOW) will be arranged, if desired.



Employment information


Currently Advertised Position (2018-2019):

Please see the specialty ophthalmology internship advertisement here for specific information regarding this year’s application requirements, applicant prerequisites, deadline for materials and selection date, and contact information.

  • A non-compete clause is not required.
  • 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 emergencies ($15/case)
  • 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:
  • Vacation: As a veterinary specialty intern, 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. Interns will not be paid for any remaining leave they have accrued when they terminate.

Employment Prerequisites:

  • Records of up to date rabies and tetanus vaccination/protective titers
  • 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

Application Packet Requirements:

  • 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 veterinary curricula
  • 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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