The Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital (MVRH), a large private practice, multi-specialty emergency and referral hospital, is home to a three-year ACVS small animal surgical residency. Our residency is characterized by a high and varied caseload, as well as a dedicated commitment to a comprehensive didactic and research program that allows for successful completion of all residency training requirements outlined by the ACVS.
We run our application process outside of the VIRMP match program.
Residency start date: July 17, 2023
Residency end date: July 2026
Deadline for application: November 12, 2022
Required application documents: Letter of intent, curriculum vitae, veterinary school transcripts, three letters of recommendation to be mailed directly from your chosen mentors to email below.
Submit application to: Nicole Amato, program director at firstname.lastname@example.org
The successful applicant will be a veterinarian (DVM or equivalent) who has completed (or is nearing completion of) a small animal rotating or specialty small animal surgical internship. Applicants must be eligible to become licensed in the state of Massachusetts and hold a Massachusetts State Control Substance License and DEA license by the start of their residency.
The MVRH small animal surgery residency program is designed to provide residents with an intensive clinical, didactic and research experience under the guidance of our surgical staff, in preparation for ACVS certification. Through case-based learning and diverse surgical experience, the participant will gain expertise in all areas of small animal surgery (orthopedic, soft tissue, emergency, neurologic, minimally invasive and oncologic) while working in a busy surgical service, in a high-volume emergency/specialty referral hospital. Our residents have ample opportunity to perform a wide variety of surgical procedures under the direct supervision of our surgeons, allowing them to gain the necessary skill and confidence to thrive. Each resident is expected to graduate with the widespread ability to perform most common surgical procedures, as well as diagnose, treat and manage these conditions. Furthermore, through close collaboration with other hospital departments, along with exposure to required specialty rotations in internal medicine, critical care, oncology, neurology, pathology (clinical and anatomic) and anesthesiology, the resident is expected to grow considerably as a well-rounded clinician.
As surgeons dedicated to the growth of well-rounded, highly skilled individuals, our program is committed to providing our residents with an educational experience beyond what is provided in the operating room and on the clinic floor. The didactic component of the training program is designed to comprehensively cover all body systems through participation in weekly surgery case rounds, weekly educational rounds (topic rounds, lectures, journal club, M & M rounds, chapter reviews), quarterly cadaver/skills labs, regular specialty service rounds (radiology, neurology) and periodic lectures provided by other house officers and staff doctors. We are equally dedicated to providing our trainees with the necessary knowledge to successfully pass their Phase I and Phase II surgical competency examinations provided by the ACVS. Additionally, we require residents to participate in the AO VET Principles in Small Animal Fracture Management in their first year and the Arthrex Principles of Arthroscopy course in their second year, as well as many other continuing education opportunities as possible, including attendance at ACVS and other symposiums throughout the year.
In addition to our clinical and didactic programs, our residents and their assigned research mentors are closely supported through the ACVS research and manuscript requirement, by our relationship with Ethos Discovery. Ethos Discovery is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization created by veterinarians, that functions to create scientific research that will advance veterinary and human medical science. Each resident is given ample opportunity to work directly with Ethos Discovery on a challenging project that will ultimately culminate in a published manuscript in an ACVS approved peer-reviewed journal.
Professional growth objectives:
Although the MVRH surgery residency focuses largely on helping our residents meet their clinical, didactic and research goals, we also pride ourselves in the practice of fostering leadership and professional growth in these individuals as they traverse each year of training. Opportunities are provided in the didactic setting to help foster these skills and provide our residents with the necessary framework to succeed in all aspects of their veterinary career. Residents will be held to the highest standard of leadership, professionalism, communication and medical ethics. Periodic evaluations will be conducted to ensure the resident is not only on track in the training of veterinary surgery, but also in the area of professional growth and development.
About our surgery service and hospital:
MVRH is the home to five diversely skilled ACVS diplomates and four surgery residents. We are supported by a remarkable team of surgery and anesthesia technicians, several of whom hold VTS certification in anesthesia. Our busy surgery caseload is characterized by a well-balanced blend of soft tissue, orthopedic, minimally invasive, and oncologic surgery, with a significant component dedicated to complex surgical emergency and trauma surgery. Residents are exposed to interventional radiology procedures and neurologic surgery throughout their training. In addition to the MVRH surgeons, our collaborative team of specialists includes 2 anesthesiologists, 6 internal medicine specialists, 6 critical care specialists, 3 neurologists, 2 cardiologists, 4 radiologists, 2 ophthalmologists, and 2 oncologists. Our on-site equipment includes an Arthrex tower for arthroscopic and laparoscopic surgery, locking and conventional plating systems, external fixator hardware, several Covidien Force-Triad platforms, MRI, 64-slice CT, on-site dialysis, echocardiography, ultrasonography, fluoroscopy, digital radiology, rigid and flexible endoscopy/bronchoscopy/cystoscopy, and mechanical ventilation. Our high-volume emergency and critical service provides 24-hour care to our patients in a top-notch ICU and most of our specialty services run 7 days a week. Our in-house lab includes blood gas, and electrolyte monitoring, chemistry and CBC analysis, coagulation testing, and blood typing with a Zoetis reference lab on-site for basic and advanced laboratory needs.
The comprehensive benefits package includes:
Continuing education allowance
2 weeks paid vacation per year
Access to Ethos On-line Veterinary Library/peer-reviewed journal database
Eligibility for Medical, Dental and Vision Coverage; Eligibility for Life and Long-Term Disability Insurance
Eligibility to participate in 401(k) retirement savings plan
Professional Liability Coverage
Interested candidates should contact the program director, Nicole Amato DVM, DACVS at email@example.com.
Please note: Employment with Ethos Veterinary Health is contingent upon successfully completing a background check and showing proof of eligibility to work in the United States on your first day. TN visas for citizens of Canada can be supported but Ethos does not support visas for citizens from other countries at this time.
Ethos is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Ethos does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, competence, merit, and business need.