Comparative Ophthalmology Residency

Program Description:

The comparative ophthalmology residency is a 3 year training program supported by the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences at Texas A&M University. The ophthalmology resident will join a specialty ophthalmology intern and will be directly supervised by two ACVO Diplomates (Erin Scott and Lucien Vallone), and supported by two licensed veterinary technicians to provide advanced eye care to small, large, and exotic animals. Read more about our team here: (

This residency emphasizes clinical exposure to a diverse caseload. The Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at TAMU is a well-equipped facility with a diverse faculty and superb support staff.

Training Objectives:

  • This program has a clinical emphasis, though the resident will receive training for a career in either a private practice or academic setting.
  • The resident is expected to become qualified to take the certifying examination of the American Board of Veterinary Ophthalmology (ABVO).

Clinical Experience and Responsibilities:

  • Medical Ophthalmology – Participate in clinical activities and primary case management under the direct supervision of an ACVO diplomate throughout the majority of the program. Clinical duties include diagnosing and treating animals with ocular disease, managing inpatients, and providing consultations for veterinarians from other hospital services and surrounding general practices.
  • Surgical Training – Residents will progress through surgical training, gaining independence in a broad variety of surgeries over time. Surgery of the adnexa, nasolacrimal system, orbit, cornea, and lens are emphasized. Wet labs are scheduled every 6 months for the purpose of training residents in instrument handling and microscopic technique.
  • Didactic Training – Participate in daily rounds, weekly journal club, and bi-monthly ocular pathology rounds. Regular attendance at the annual American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists will be supported.
  • Research – Completion of a clinical-based ophthalmic research project with an intramural seminar presentation is required by the end of the program. Preparation and submission of at least one manuscript for publication in a peer-reviewed journal is also required. Presentation of this research at an annual ACVO conference is strongly encouraged.
  • Teaching –Supervise and teach veterinary students and rotating interns in clinics as well as teaching laboratories.
  • Emergency Duty – Responsible for primary care of emergency referrals or transfers to the Ophthalmology Service after-hours 50% of the time, including weekends and holidays, with back up from the ophthalmologist on call.
  • Elective and research time – Twenty four weeks of off-clinic time are distributed over the 3-year program for research and study. The resident will participate in William Magrane Basic Science Course in Veterinary and Comparative Ophthalmology. Elective rotation with the Comparative Ocular Pathology Laboratory of Wisconsin (COPLOW) will be arranged, if desired.

Employment information

Currently Advertised Position (2018-2021):

Please see the comparative ophthalmology residency advertisement here for specific information regarding this year’s application requirements, applicant prerequisites, deadline for materials and selection date, and contact information.

  • Non-compete clause: Employees must agree the terms of a 2-year non-compete clause within a 90 mile radius of the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. This clause goes into effect following the last day of the resident’s employment at TAMU.
  • Opportunity to earn additional compensation: Additional compensation is available up to a maximum of 5,000 per year based on being the receiving clinician on duty for after-hours emergencies ($15/case)
  • Benefits: The Texas A&M 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 vacation leave and sick leave benefits similar to other faculty and staff at the University. In addition, you will earn compensatory time for the after-hours service you provide while working in the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. Interns are not allowed to take annual vacation leave or compensatory time during the last 4 weeks of June at the end of their program. Residents will not be paid for any remaining leave they have accrued when they terminate.

Employment Prerequisites:

  • Records of up to date rabies and tetanus vaccination/protective titers
  • A passing score on the NAVLE
  • Graduation from an AVMA-accredited college of veterinary medicine with completion of DVM or VMD degree
  • A valid regular license or special license to practice veterinary medicine in Texas which requires a passing score on the on the Texas State Board examination. Note: Texas A&M University will reimburse the $515 licensure fee.
  • DEA license
  • Successful completion of a rotating internship.
  • Note: For graduates of non-AVMA-accredited colleges of veterinary medicine, the applicant will need to obtain the PAVE or the ECFVG certificate prior to taking the Texas State Board examination, however please note that the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences is not able to sponsor applicants for H-1B or E-3 non-immigrant employee categories. For questions regarding applicant prerequisites, please contact Ms. Janice Couts

Application Packet Requirements:

  • Letter of intent – statement of the candidate’s interests and goals in ophthalmology
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae – including cumulative GPA, class rank, phone and e-mail contact information.
  • Copy of transcripts – including both preclinical and clinical veterinary curricula
  • Three letters of recommendation – additional letters will not be accepted. Note: Letters should be sent to Ms. Janice Couts by the person authoring the letter via e-mail with the subject line reading: “Recommendation. Applicant’s Last Name. Applicant’s First Name”

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