The Ophthalmology residency offered by the Veterinary Health Center is a three year program which combines residency clinical training with graduate work leading to the MS or PhD Degree. The goal of the program is to prepare the resident clinically and scientifically so they will be able to pursue an academic career of the highest quality. During the training program the resident will become qualified to take the board examination of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO) and will have completed the course work and research needed to defend for a MS of PhD degree. This intense training program requires the successful applicant to have established an excellent academic record and to have achieved intern level or greater clinical competency.
The resident/graduate program is directly supported by two Diplomates of the ACVO, and a veterinary technician. The Veterinary Health Center has an excellent case load for residency training and offers exposure to all domestic species as well as exotics. The Ophthalmology service in part of the Surgery section and has state of the art diagnostic and surgical equipment.
In addition to the veterinary ophthalmologists, Kansas State University has eight other faculty who are actively involved in ocular research. Interdepartmental cooperation among this group gives a resident/graduate student the potential to become involved in research areas in tear film defense mechanisms, ocular microbiology, retinal biochemistry, and lens biochemistry. The College of Veterinary Medicine and the Ophthalmology service have established good working relationships with local ophthalmologists and optometrists as well as the University of Kansas Medical Center and comparative ophthalmology experiences are available.
The annual reappointment of the resident is contingent upon continued satisfactory performance in all aspects 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.
It is an expectation that all residents be present for the orientation session occurring on the first day(s) of employment.
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.