The Department of Clinical Sciences at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University offers a residency in Shelter Medicine as part of the Tufts Shelter Medicine Program. The residency is made possible thanks to the generosity of Maddie’s Fund. Qualifications include graduation from an accredited College of Veterinary Medicine and completion of an internship program or equivalent experience as well as a strong interest in a career in Shelter Medicine. This program presently utilizes the clinical facilities and surgical caseloads of The Foster Hospital for Small Animals located at Cummings School, 200 Westboro Road, North Grafton, MA, The Luke and Lily Lerner Spay/Neuter Clinic also located on the Cummings School campus and the Tufts at Tech Community Veterinary Clinic, located in nearby Worcester. In addition, the Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Resident also spends time at area shelter partners
The residency is a three-year program structured to meet the requirements established by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners for the Shelter Medicine Specialty. The resident spends the equivalent of about 75 weeks working in shelter practice (including high quality high volume spay/neuter) and of about 50 weeks working in the Community Practice setting. The remainder of the time is spent on other required rotations which include: Animal Behavior, Ophthalmology, Dermatology, Small Animal Medicine, Exotics, and Pathology. The program provides opportunities to attend conferences and trainings. Residents actively participate in the instruction of veterinary students in the hospital clinics, and the Luke and Lily Lerner Spay/Neuter clinic.
Additional requirements of the Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Resident are to visit a large number of animal shelters throughout North America and to participate in a significant number of shelter consults. Participation and presentation at national and regional meetings is required. Residents are also expected to prepare at least one grant proposal, conduct a research project and submit at least one first author publication in addition to publication in lay publications. Limited funds are available to assist with resident research projects.
Residents in the Department of Clinical Sciences are required to teach students on clinical rotations, assess student performance through student grades and clinical competency tracking, and instruct students in clinical skills laboratories. Residents are required to conduct a research project during their residency and submit a manuscript for publication in a peer-reviewed professional journal before completing their program. Failure to meet this publication requirement may delay signing of the residency certificate. Continuation in the program from year to year is contingent upon satisfactory performance. Semi-annual evaluations of progress are provided to each resident. A certificate of residency is awarded to the candidate upon successful completion of the training program. The hospital has a dress code. Close affiliations with regional and local shelter partners and the Massachusetts Animal Welfare Community exist.
The Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Residency is available contingent upon funding. When available, positions will be listed on the AAVC’s Veterinary internship and Residency Matching Program and applications should be submitted there.
For further information contact Dr. Emily McCobb (Program Director), email Emily McCobb.
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