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Kansas State University

eQUINE Surgery Residency


The Kansas State University Veterinary Health Center offers a three year surgical residency in Large Animal Surgery.  The equine service at the KSU VHC is supported by 6 board certified specialists and one emergency clinician. 

Of 2,400 equine hospital accessions, approximately 600 cases are managed by the surgery service.  The program is designed to provide clinical and academic training to fulfill American College of Veterinary Surgeons requirements and prepare the resident for ACVS board certification and a career in academic or private referral practice.  The successful candidate will complete 90% of their clinical service obligations in the equine section and 10% in the agricultural practices section over the course of the training program.  The resident is expected to participate in all aspects of equine and food animal clinical surgical and medical services including primary and referral emergency surgical and intensive care duty.  Responsibilities will include night and weekend emergency duties on a rotating schedule.  The resident is expected to assume primary care of hospitalized patients on specified weekends and holidays.   

In addition to management of the hospitalized patients, the resident will provide clinical, didactic and laboratory instruction for veterinary students and participate in continuing education programs.  With demonstrated progress in the program, the resident will be assigned increasing clinical and instructional responsibility.  Enrollment in the graduate school and completion of a program of study leading to the Master of Science degree is optional and requires prior approval. 

The resident will be expected to attend conferences, rounds, journal clubs and other academic activities during the program.  Emphasis will be placed on developing and publishing clinical observations.  The resident will be required to submit one publication to a refereed journal during the program, preferably from the Master’s research project.  

The resident must be physically present for orientation on the first day of the program.

The Veterinary Health Center is a modern, spacious facility on the campus of Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas.  The University is in the beautiful Flint Hills of Kansas with numerous recreational opportunities available.

Kansas State University is an equal opportunity employer.  A background check will be required of all successful applicants prior to employment at Kansas State University.  KSU actively seeks diversity among its employees.

Intern and resident candidates are selected through the American Association of Veterinary Clinicians (AAVC) Veterinary Intern and Resident Matching Program (VIRMP). Information about position availability, program descriptions and forms needed to apply can be found at the VIRMP web site.