The Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences at Texas
A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine provides advanced
surgical training with two competitive residency positions.
Our program provides a comprehensive clinical training that permits
the candidate to engage in a variety of surgical cases and to
obtain the essential knowledge and skills for board certification
by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (www.ACVS.org).
Texas A&M University has seven board-certified small animal
surgeons working directly with our surgical residents:
Jacqueline Davidson, Lisa Howe, Don Hulse, Sharon Kerwin, Laura
Peycke, Brian Saunders and Kelley Thieman-Mankin. Our faculty
interests are diverse and include multiple areas of orthopedic and
soft tissue surgery, including minimally invasive surgical and
interventional techniques (thoracic, abdominal, orthopedic), total
joint replacement, regenerative medicine and neurosurgery. The
robust and varied caseload provides adequate exposure to cases both
during business hours and on an emergency basis. The faculty
is deeply committed to providing assistance as needed with
emergency cases, both during the routine workday and after hours.
Other specialties directly supporting our large caseload
include: anesthesiology, cardiology, dentistry, dermatology,
internal medicine, neurology, oncology, radiology (including
radiation oncology) and zoological medicine/surgery.
State-of-the-art diagnostic equipment is available, including
color-flow Doppler ultrasonography, video endoscopy, arthroscopy,
laparoscopy, thoracoscopy, fluoroscopy, operating microscopy,
image-guided neuro-navigational system, onsite 3 Tesla MRI and 40
slice per revolution CT.
The two residency positions offered this year are varied in time
commitment and expectations. The 48-month program is combined
with a Master of Science degree program; the resident will complete
a thesis-based Master of Science degree in the first year prior to
entering clinical training in their second year of the
program. This person will also participate in the 1VM anatomy
course and other teaching duties. In the 36-month program, the
resident will begin work in the clinic upon arrival and will not be
engaged in formal graduate studies. Both programs are supervised by
senior faculty members and include weekly journal clubs, book
clubs, case rounds, and arthroscopy and soft tissue
laboratories. Opportunities to attend other specialty rounds
within the college and participate in other clinical rotations
within and outside the college are available and encouraged.
More information about the program is available here
or by contacting Dr. Laura Peycke, ACVS program director (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Application to both the three and four year residency programs
should be completed through the Veterinary Residency and Internship
Match Program (www.virmp.org).
Brittany Ciepluch DVM, Surgery Resident
I feel very lucky to have matched to this residency program. The
unconditional support from my mentors is the most valuable part to
me. I've seen incredible growth in myself, even just after the
first year. I know I will leave here as a well-rounded surgeon with
strong research experience. Knowing that makes all of the hard work
well worth it!
Dr. Kayla Corriveau DVM, Surgery Resident
With the guidance of a wonderful surgical department and great
interdepartmental cooperation, I feel that my residency has been
preparing me very well for a progressive career in veterinary small
animal surgery. I will never forget my experiences at TAMU!