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Residency Available at Texas A&M University


Texas A&M University


Dept of Small Animal Clinical Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences College station, Texas 77843-4474

Primary Contact:

J. Jill Heatley

Primary Contact Email, Phone:

Number of Positions:


Matching Program:


Application Deadline:

December 7

Application Should Include:

Letter of intent, all college transcripts, CV, 3 letters of reference

Experience Required:

1 year rotating or other internship or practice

Accept International Applicants:



$27,920 plus benefits; Additional compensation: Available up to a maximum of $2500/year based on being the receiving clinician on After Hours Emergency ($15/case). Benefits: The Texas A&M University 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: Vacation: As a resident, you are entitled to annual leave and sick leave benefits similar to other faculty and staff at the University. In addition, you will earn compensatory time for the emergency duties that you perform after hours in the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. Residents are not allowed to take annual leave or compensatory time during the last two weeks of June or the first two weeks of July in any year of their program. Residents will not be paid for any remaining leave they have accrued when they terminate. 

Length of Commitment/Start Date:

3 years/ July 2012

Program Description:

Prerequisites other than being a graduate of a College of Veterinary Medicine: Successful completion of an internship program or equivalent. A valid regular license OR a special license to practice veterinary medicine in Texas. Candidates should be fluent in written and spoken English. A state license and DEA license is required, the fee is $205 for the state license and will be paid by TAMU. USDA accreditation is not required, but strongly recommended. Additional information for graduates of universities outside of the US and Canada: An applicant for a special license must have graduated from an AVMA accredited college of veterinary medicine OR have the PAVE or ECFVG certificate and pass a jurisprudence examination (taken at orientation). Employment is contingent on your ability to provide employment eligibility documentation required by federal employment and/or migration laws. All applicants must be licensed to practice veterinary medicine in the United States. Additional Information about the Program: The Texas A&M University, College of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery, Department of Small Animal Veterinary Clinical Science is offering a 3 year Residency in Zoological Medicine & Surgery. This program is supervised by Dr. J. Jill Heatley MS, DVM, DABVP (Avian), DACZM as well as Sharman Hoppes DVM, DABVP (Avian). Residents completing this program will be eligible for the ACZM Certification examination in Zoological Medicine, pending publication completions. The individual completing this program will have attained a broad clinical base for future involvement in a variety of nondomestic animal practices including zoos, wildlife parks, research institutions, universities, or exotic pet referral practices. This program leads to a Zoological Medicine & Surgery Residency Certificate; ACZM Approval of this program is pending but expected. Tuition for advanced course work and the possibility for pursuit of an advanced degree is provided. Priority is given to those candidates that fulfill the following; 1) 2-4 years of practice experience in small animal/exotic or zoo animal medicine, or completion of a 1-year small animal (or exotic) rotating internship. General clinical competency is essential. 2) Previous veterinary experience at a US institution with a reference from the supervising veterinarian (e.g. externships at US veterinary hospitals, zoos, or private practices). An externship at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University can be arranged. 3) Excellent academic record with previous research experience and veterinary publications. (Submission of a class rank helps in the evaluation of non-US veterinary graduates). 4) Candidates with and a strong interest in wildlife medicine, field related research, and previous publications and or experience in this field will be given preferred consideration. All three years are primarily devoted to participating in the Zoological Medicine Service within the Veterinary Teaching Hospital (VTH), Texas A&M University, and in field activities at a variety of zoological collections as well as wildlife research. The Zoological Medicine Service annual caseload is approx 900 cases/yr. In every 12 month period, the resident will spend 6 months on VMTH -clinic duty, 3 3-months fulfilling their scholarly requirements for research and publications, and 3 months taking additional specialist externships, either within the College of Veterinary Medicine (e.g. anesthesia, clinical pathology, pathology, surgery, internal medicine, wildlife, avian), the Texas A&M University (e.g. Ecology, Forestry) or at regional zoological institutions. Zoological Medicine Residents will be provided housing at external rotations (Dallas World Aquarium, San Antonio Zoo, Texas Parks and Wildlife Research) but will be responsible for travel and living expenses. The residency emphasizes clinical training in the principles of zoological medicine and surgery. The clinical work is approximately distributed as follows: The service is predominantly avian (58%) followed by other all other exotic species (to include new world nonhuman primates, reptiles, amphibian, fish, and other exotic mammals). 1% of cases are porcine and 1% are large exotic cats. In addition to supervising on-clinic faculty, the resident is aided by an intern, a veterinary technician, a student worker veterinary assistance and 1-3 senior veterinary students on 2-week elective rotations. The resident is encouraged to attend and present at a national or international conference every year, as well as attend lectures or seminars in the College of Veterinary Medicine or on University campus (esp. Wildlife and Fisheries and Courses related to Conservation Medicine). The Resident will work under the supervision of senior faculty members and will be responsible for (1) participating in the daily activities of the medical service of the hospital including primary case responsibilities and case rounds; (2) participating in regular visits to private aviary and large cat rescue centers, the Wildlife Center of Houston, the Waco Zoo, and the Schubot Exotic Bird Health Aviaries ; (3) providing assistance in instruction and supervision of veterinary students assigned to zoological medicine service duty; (4) providing emergency weekend and night-time back-up for exotic species seen by the small animal interns within the emergency service of the teaching hospital (on a rotating basis with the exotic intern) with faculty back-up); (6) Present one 45-minute seminar to the Department of Veterinary Small Animal Clinical Sciences each year and have active participation in Schubot Exotic Bird Health and zoological medicine journal clubs. ACZM requires that all residents receive, in addition to clinical training, some exposure to investigative approaches during their residency. Execution, completion and publication of a research project is a requirement of this program. The awarding of a Resident Certificate is dependent on completion of this project and acceptance for publication in the third year. In addition, residents are also expected to have had accepted a minimum of two other manuscripts for publication, one at the end of each year (June 30) which can be based on clinical research or case reports. The research component for this residency is predetermined and completely funded and will consist of sampling select avian species for hematological parameters in cooperation with rehabilitation centers and local, state and federal wildlife agencies. Thus strong interpersonal skills, a healthy work ethic, ability to work in field situations, and clinical skill and familiarity with free-living avian species is an essential requirement of the resident selected for this program. Research experience and wildlife experience are highly desired for this position. Funds in support of tuition are also available for postgraduate course work in support of this research project and ACZM requirements. A major goal of this residency program is to provide veterinarians with eligibility for the ACZM certification examination. To attain this goal, it is necessary to complete the publication requirements for the examinations of the ACZM by March of the 3rd year. Assuming this goal is met, the resident will be eligible to sit the exam in September of the same year as completing the residency. Applicant requirements (licensure, DPS, DEA, AVMA etc here) A valid US driver’s license is also required. This is a new residency program, therefore completion and placement data for previous residents are not available. However, 5 Zoological Medicine Interns have been accepted and successfully completed this program over the last 4 years. I intern has been placed in a residency (ABVP) program; all other interns are gainfully employed. Responsibilities of the Zoological Medicine resident will include: consultation case responsibility for cases received by the emergency service for approximately 50% of each year. While working at the VMTH, residents will actively accept primary and supervisory case responsibility and work with interns from other services. The current case load is approximately 900 cases per year: 40% avian, 30% small exotic mammal, 10% reptile with the remaining cases being wildlife or other to include New World Primates, Lemurs and Large exotic cats. Residents will have primary case responsibility which will include surgical and medical cases for about 30% of these cases. The resident will have primary case responsibility for first opinion, surgery and emergency cases presenting broad range of elective and nonelective procedures. Patient rounds will occur daily with a Board Certified Specialist (ACZM or ABVP Avian). Residents will be responsible for weekly student didactic rounds, and in journal and topic rounds. The resident program will consist of three years with a minimum of 50% clinical service at the Texas A&M VMTH Zoological Medicine service under the direct supervision of an ACZM Diplomate. The remaining time will be divided between research (2-4 months per year for research and advanced studies) and mentorship of an ACZM Diplomate at a Zoological Collection (1-3 months/ year). Time will be given yearly vacation and for attendance at national or international meetings when research presentations are accepted or where ACZM review courses are available. Pursuit of an advance degree is optional, however some tuition is available. A minimum requirement for successful completion and progression to the next year of the program will be completion of a manuscript suitable for publication in a peer reviewed journal accepted by the ACZM as partial requirement for ACZM examination eligibility. Interested candidates with 2 years private practice clinical experience, 1 year rotating internship experience, and previous publication experience are invited to apply. In the second and third years of residency, opportunity will be given for attendance and presentations at professional meetings with priority given to those offering an ACZM examination review course. Potential applicants are encouraged to contact and/ or visit the Zoological Medicine Service, Texas A&M University. Alternatively, representatives from these facilities are usually present at the Annual Meetings of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians, Association of Avian Veterinarians and Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians. For questions about this program, please contact: Dr. J. Jill Heatley, DVM MS Dipl ABVP (Avian) Dipl ACZM Phone 979-845-1202 Texas A&M University is in Bryan-College Station, a community of ~120,000 , located between Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio. For further information link:,,,, or Application Package: Receipt of a Complete Application package: A Letter of intent, curriculum vitae, original transcripts from all institutions attended, 3 letters of reference, due by December 7 2011, are required. Your application should include full valid contact information (email, phone numbers) to include the months of Dec 2011 to Feb 2012. Email or mail all applications too: or J. Jill Heatley, DVM MS, ATTN: ZM Resident Application. Dept. of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, 4474 TAMU, College of Veterinary Medicine, College Station, Texas 77843-4474. Applicants will be notified of their application status prior to January 11, 2012.

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