Resident in Small Animal Surgery

Masterate in Small Animal Surgery
Veterinary Teaching Hospital, School of Veterinary Sciences
Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand

The Massey University Veterinary Teaching Hospital is offering a four year residency in companion animal surgery coupled to a Masterate of Veterinary Science post-graduate degree. The program is supported by a tax-free student stipend and is only available to New Zealand or Australian residents eligible for domestic fees (which will be paid by the teaching hospital on behalf of the resident).

The role involves working with and learning from our faculty surgeons (Andrew Worth FANZCVS, Wendy Baltzer DipACVS and Kat Crosse DipECVS) on referral cases in our small animal surgery service. A residency at our AVMA-accredited teaching hospital would provide the basis for a Fellowship training program under the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists guidelines subject to individual program approval.

A resident is expected to provide exemplary care for hospitalised patients including supervising  morning and evening treatments and second-oncall after-hours duties as required. Short rotations through anaesthesia, medicine and imaging are included in the program and a resident is expected to be an active participant in clinical rounds presentations and journal clubs. A resident is required to contribute to the teaching of BVSc undergraduates, interns and veterinary nursing diploma students via small groups, practicals, live animal surgery and a minimal amount of lecturing.

Our hospital runs two busy surgical services with one faculty and one resident (or intern) on each service. Caseload includes a wide spectrum of cases including orthopaedics, soft tissue-general, neurosurgery and oncology.  We have specialist internists, imagers and criticalists.

The successful candidate will first work towards membership examination of the ANZCVS and presentation of an abstract at Science Week within the first two years of the residency. Publication of first authored scientific contributions will be part of the residency program to satisfy training requirements and the thesis requirements of the Masterate in Veterinary Science. The additional course work will be geared to passing fellowship though a program of self study and annual (mock fellowship) examinations.

The expected start date is 1st December 2019

Enquiries to Andrew Worth - 

Closing Date: 15th September 2019


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