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Residency Available at University of CA (Exotics/Avian)


University of California 
Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital 
One Shields Ave. 
Davis, California 95616-8747 
United States   

PRIMARY CONTACT: Joanne Paul-Murphy  or Authorized Administrative Official: Diana Gomez  

NUMBER OF POSITIONS: 1 position open annually. Three residents at all times.  


APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Follow application deadlines for AAVC's Veterinary Internship and Residency Matching Program (VIRMP)


  • VIRMP Application
  • Veterinary School Official Transcript from University Registrar
  • Personal Statement
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • 3 - 6 Standardized Letters of Reference 

EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: At least one year in a formal clinical internship  

ACCEPT INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS: Yes. International graduates must be fluent in English, both speaking and writing.  

SALARY/ BENEFITS:  $37,308.00/ YES  

LENGTH OF COMMITMENT / START DATE:  3 Year program: Start date August 1  


For general information, and a description of this program, consult our web page at  
ACZM-Zoological Companion Animals credentialed residency program

- To provide advanced training of the broadest scope in companion avian, small exotic mammal, herpetological and aquatic animal medicine.  
- To provide clinical teaching experience.  
- To provide limited experience in the design and implementation of an investigative project in a clinically related area.  
- To provide experience in manuscript writing and publication.  
- To work with board certified faculty and to prepare residents for board certification in the American College of Zoological Medicine (ACZM)  
As traditional veterinary medical education only briefly examines non-domestic animal husbandry, anatomy, and physiology, a training program designed for graduate veterinarians to specialize in and to advance the field of companion avian/exotic animal medicine via research and clinical practice is needed. From a larger perspective, through active and informed medicine, the service also affords a valuable consulting resource for the veterinary medical community. In addition, by improving the health and reproductive fitness of imported animals and their progeny, the program can help to reduce further importation for the pet trade. Finally, the residency serves the public interest by the creation of a peer-trained and examined specialist who offers an advanced standard of medical care complementary to the current demands of either a zoological institution or private ownership. At completion of the program, graduates should be well prepared for clinical academic positions or for practice.  
Applicants must have a DVM, VMD or equivalent degree and completion of a one-year internship or comparable post-graduate training is preferred. Practice experience is considered in lieu of formal internship training.  
The duration of the residency program is 3 years. Renewal for the second and third years will be contingent upon satisfactory performance. The resident may be able to continue in a Master's or PhD program in an area of interest following completion of the residency. Funding for such a program will have to be secured through extramural grant requests and is not part of residency funding.

Last updated:  12/2009


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