Veterinary Resident in Food Animal Practice


Veterinary Resident in Food Animal Practice
Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences (VLCS)

Veterinary Education, Research & Outreach Program (VERO)
Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (CVMBS)
West Texas A&M University (WT)| Texas A&M University

The Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM) is seeking applicants for a residency position within our American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) residency program.  This residency will be focused in Food Animal Practice.

The residency program is a two-year program designed to provide a broad-based educational experience with an emphasis on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of diseases of food animals. The program includes training in internal medicine, surgery, theriogenology, livestock production (beef cattle, dairy cattle, swine), and ancillary disciplines such as radiology, pathology, and clinical pathology.  The guidelines and requirements of this program are designed to fulfill the credentialing requirements as set forth by the ABVP to sit for the certification examination by the end of the residency period in Food Animal Practice. VERO will serve as the primary site for training in livestock production and preventive medicine related to beef cattle, dairy cattle, and swine, while training related to diagnosis and care of individual animals (e.g., clinical pathology, pathology, ultrasound, radiology, medicine, and surgery) will be emphasized through training in College Station, Texas at the CVM within the Food Animal Medicine, Surgery & Ambulatory Service.  The lengths of time residents will spend at these sites will be determined while creating the yearly schedule.

The two-year program begins July 15, 2020, and concludes July 14, 2022. This non-tenure track veterinary resident position will be a 12-month, full-time appointment.


  1. Must be a graduate of an AVMA-approved College of Veterinary Medicine.
  2. Must be able to meet the requirements to obtain licensure in Texas.
  3. Must have completed training in clinical veterinary medicine and surgery in a rotating large animal internship (or food animal specific) of at least 12 months duration, or have completed at least 12 months of clinical practice in a practice predominately caring for food animal species.

Before beginning the residency program, the selected candidate must send their curriculum vitae to ABVP along with a letter from the residency program director for approval.

Specific Guidelines:

  1. Residents will participate in a seminar program and prepare 2 seminars on pertinent topics each year of their residency.
  2. Residents will have at least 1 first-author publication accepted for publication in a refereed journal before the end of their residency. This may be derived from any research project completed during the residency or from any other means by which publishable material arises (case-report, review article, or retrospective clinical data study).
  3. Residents will be required to accumulate at least 100 hours of continuing education (documented in logs) each year of their residency (as set forth by ABVP). In an academic environment, this is usually not difficult to complete due to the numerous seminars and formal continuing education (CE) events available. However, at least 33 hours of this each year must be from formal CE events (local, national, state, etc.).
  4. Residents will participate in in-house rounds as well as any rounds associated with the particular service they are assigned to.
  5. Residents will participate in formal case management and review discussions. (VERO)
  6. Residents will be called upon from time to time to instruct veterinary students. During the management of all cases, student input and interaction are required.

Emergency Duty:

Residents will provide primary emergency coverage as stated when on-site at Texas A&M.  However, senior faculty will also be assigned concurrent emergency duty. The resident will contact the senior faculty on-call prior to providing service to appraise the senior faculty of the case.  Residents will share this duty with the other house officers at Texas A&M on a rotating basis. Most of the time the senior clinician will elect to come in to oversee and provide assistance on these cases.  However, as the abilities of the resident are determined over the course of the residency, the senior clinician may elect to discuss cases by phone, and in some instances, allow the resident to provide care.  This will be at the discrepancy of the senior clinician, but it is the primary responsibility of the resident to provide service and answer all emergency calls. It is also the responsibility of the resident to secure substitution with another individual in times when the resident cannot provide emergency duty as scheduled.  These changes and re-arrangements in the emergency duty schedule must be discussed with the senior clinician on duty beforehand.

It is important to realize that residents will also be responsible for emergency cases involving equine patients.  The same applies in these cases as there will always be a senior clinician available for back-up.

At VERO, residents will share in emergency coverage with senior faculty of the WT animal units: WT Nance Ranch, WT Research Feedlot, and WT Horse Center.

Note that the VLCS will not sponsor applicants for H-1B or E-3 nonimmigrant employment categories.

Interested applicants should submit
a) a letter of intent,
b) current curriculum vitae, and
c) the names and contact information of three references to Interfolio
at the following link

For additional information, please contact:

Dr. Dan Posey
Chair of Search Committee
Texas A&M Veterinary Education, Research & Outreach – WT
College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
Texas A&M University | 4475 TAMU
College Station, TX  77843-4475

Application review will begin March 15, 2020, with hopes of selecting a resident prior to June 15, 2020.

Phone or e-mail inquiries may be made directly to (979) 845-4731; (979) 847-8863 (fax), or, respectively.

Equal Opportunity

Texas A&M AgriLife is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer.

The Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences affirms and supports many different dimensions of diversity, and we are fully committed to ensuring a climate of inclusion where all our faculty, students, and staff are empowered to achieve their full potential.

West Texas A&M University and the Paul Engler College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences are committed to hiring the person most qualified for the position with equal treatment and access for all applicants, including affirmative action for women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. We will not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Texas A&M University is committed to enriching the learning and working environment for all visitors, students, faculty, and staff by promoting a culture that embraces inclusion, diversity, equity, and accountability. Diverse perspectives, talents, and identities are vital to accomplishing our mission and living our core values. The Texas A&M System is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer committed to diversity.

Posted: May 12, 2020