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
- To provide the intern with the opportunity to become familiar
with advanced medical and surgery therapies in veterinary
- 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
- 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 – Assist the faculty
ophthalmologist with intraocular ophthalmic surgeries, and receive
instruction to perform extraocular procedures such as eyelid repair
- 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
- 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.
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
- 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 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.
- 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
- 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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