Ophthalmology Internship

Program Description:

The “George Jewell/Kool Whip Willie Endowed Internship in Comparative Ophthalmology” is a 12 month training program supported by the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences at Texas A&M University. The ophthalmology-dedicated intern will join an ophthalmology resident 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: ( http://vethospital.tamu.edu/small-animal-hospital/ophthalmology).

This internship benefits from a diverse caseload and well-equipped facility with a diverse faculty and superb support staff.

Training Objectives:

  • To provide the intern with the opportunity to become familiar with advanced medical and surgery therapies in veterinary ophthalmology
  • To improve the intern’s ability to convey clinical information and concepts to other members of the veterinary profession in a concise, professional manner (e.g., in seminars, lectures, and continuing education presentations).
  • To further equip the intern to compete for an ABVO-certified residency training program in comparative ophthalmology

Clinical Experience and Responsibilities:

  • – 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.
  • – Assist the faculty ophthalmologist with intraocular ophthalmic surgeries, and receive instruction to perform extraocular procedures such as eyelid repair and enucleation
  • – Participate in daily rounds, weekly journal club, and bi-monthly ocular pathology rounds. Attendance at the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists conference is encouraged.
  • Research – Completion of a clinical-based ophthalmic research project with a seminar presentation is required by the end of the program. Interns are encouraged to prepare and submit a manuscript for publication in a peer-reviewed journal, and present their research at the following ACVO conference.
  • 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 – Six weeks of elective and/or research time will be available to the intern. Elective rotation with the Comparative Ocular Pathology Laboratory of Wisconsin (COPLOW) will be arranged, if desired.