The main goals of our 3-year program are to enable the resident
to build the credentials, knowledge, skills and aptitudes necessary
to achieve ACVIM board certification (www.acvim.org) and
to start work as an internist. We are very proud of this program
and our recent graduates who have gone on to have successful
careers in both private specialty practice and academia.
There are 6 small animal internal medicine diplomates in direct
support of our residency program: Drs. Audrey Cook, Johanna
Heseltine, Jonathan Lidbury, Katee Creevy, Jörg Steiner, and Mike
Willard. Our internists have a wide variety of clinical expertise
and interests including infectious diseases, gastroenterology,
hepatology, urology, nephrology, interventional radiology,
endoscopy, and biomarker discovery. We pride ourselves on
collegiality, strong mentorship, and having a team-orientated
approach to patient care.
Our program provides residents with a relatively busy but
balanced caseload. This means they become well-rounded internists
but also allows them to become proficient in a wide variety of
procedures including flexible and rigid endoscopy, laparoscopic
liver biopsy, bone marrow aspirate/biopsy, arthocentesis, and
feeding tube placement. The internal medicine section also has an
increasing caseload of patients requiring interventional
radiology/endoscopy procedures, such as urethral/ureteral stenting,
laser lithotripsy, and laser ablation of intramural ectopic
We are fortunate to have 3 cardiologists, 3 oncologists, 3
neurologists, 3 criticalists, 1 radiation-oncologist, and 2
dermatologists in direct support of the program. This ensures that
our residents receive broad and complete training. As part of the
3-year program, each resident will also spend time with our 4
radiologists and 4 clinical pathologists to gain important skills
in imaging and laboratory diagnostics.
Residents are provided with many opportunities to receive
didactic training including weekly board examination preparation
seminars, journal club, book club, as well as the option to attend
rounds run by other specialty sections within the department and
college. Multidisciplinary grand rounds take place every month.
Residents are also required to present 3 seminars over the course
of their training program, which is very valuable for the
development of their presentation skills.
Residents are allowed a generous amount of time free from
clinical responsibilities to prepare for the ACVIM board
examinations. In the past 10 years, all of our residents have
passed the ACVIM general and specialty examinations on their first
attempts and achieved board certification! Faculty guidance, time
off clinics, and funding are provided to support resident research
Enrollment in a postgraduate degree is not a requirement of our
program but combined residency/post-graduate degree programs are a
possibility. Candidates who are interested in such a program should
contact Dr. Jonathan Lidbury (Residency Program Director: email@example.com).
All applications for this program should be made through the
Veterinary Residency and Internship Match Program. Further details
of our residency are available on the website (https://www.virmp.org).
"The medicine services are busy, but we have great support from
our senior clinicians and perform a lot of diagnostic procedures.
It's a great program." Joseph Cyrus Parambeth, BVSc & AH, MVSc
(Vet Med), PhD candidate, Medicine Resident 2015-2018
“We see a wide range of cases and every day is different. The
faculty is very hands-on, and I am always learning.” Melanie Puchot
DVM, Medicine Resident 2014-2017