Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston offers a number of residency programs.
Angell accepts applications through the American Association of Veterinary Clinicians (AAVC) matching program. Detailed descriptions of our residency programs, application process and contact information is available through the AAVC Directory of Internships and Residencies site at www.virmp.org.
Residency in Avian and Exotic Medicine
The Avian and Exotic Pet Medicine Service at Angell Animal Medical Center (AAMC) offers one 2-year residency position during alternate years. The program meets the requirements of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) for Avian Practice certification. Two board-certified staff clinicians work exclusively with avian and exotic patients and oversee the residency program. The emphasis of the program is to provide the resident with medical, surgical, and basic radiology and pathology training involving a wide variety of avian, small mammal, and reptile species and to help prepare the resident for ABVP certification in Avian Practice.
In addition to receiving patients in the clinic, the resident will coordinate inpatient and outpatient case management with staff clinicians, assist with and perform surgical procedures with the clinicians in Avian and Exotics as well as the staff surgeons, and assist the interns with evaluation and management of cases. The resident is also expected to present topics for continuing education for the interns, staff clinicians, and local and regional veterinarians. ABVP requirements for credentialing in the avian track include the completion of two case reports during the residency and publication of a third. Clinical research is also encouraged.
Didactic training includes weekly rounds alternating between journal review and topic review for ABVP board examination. AMAH sponsors the resident’s attendance at one continuing education conference per year, and other outrotations are considered individually.
Residency in Cardiology
The AAMC-Boston Cardiology Service offers one, three-year residency position every other year. This residency program fulfills the requirements of the Cardiology subspecialty of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. Three board-certified cardiologists work together to train and oversee all resident activities. Through a heavy caseload and a variety of mentoring styles, the resident gains clinical proficiency in both medical and interventional cardiology. Specific clinical responsibilities of the resident include a large internal consultation caseload provided by other hospital services as well as outpatient appointments and in-patient care. Didactic responsibilities include frequent topic-based presentations at Cardiology Service rounds as well as occasional lectures to interns, critical care residents, and one hospital-wide continuing education presentation. While the majority of time is spent on the Cardiology Service itself, rotations off service include other services internal to AAMC (Radiology, Internal Medicine) as well as external rotations to nearby renowned human medical centers (Children’s Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital).
Residency in Emergency/Critical Care
There are four, three-year Small Animal ER/CC resident positions available at Angell-Boston. One to two positions will be offered annually. The program meets the requirements of the American College of Veterinary Emergency Critical Care, and includes emergency/critical care service responsibilities with rotations through radiology, internal medicine, surgery, cardiology, anesthesiology and pathology. Electives in other specialty rotations are also offered.
Residents participate in the instruction of veterinary extern students and Angell interns in clinical, laboratory and lecture settings. Residents rotate through daytime emergency and critical shifts, evening shifts, including weekends. Didactic training includes board question reviews and journal club sessions weekly. Self-motivation and a willingness to work hard are essential. The resident will receive daily cage side rounds by a senior staff member on their clinical cases. As the resident matures in their program they will be expected to take on more of the service responsibilities. Biyearly grand round seminars are required. Completion of a research project and publication is required.
Residency in Medicine
The medicine residency program is a two-year clinically oriented program that will prepare residents to pursue board certification in internal medicine. The program provides extensive exposure to companion animals with a variety of critical care problems and a diversity of unusual and routine internal medicine conditions. Residents are also expected to see routine outpatients.
Daily rounds and a review of the day’s diagnostic procedures provide specific training in veterinary internal medicine. Residents rotate through the gastroenterology, oncology, and cardiology services, and will also spend time assigned to intensive care, pathology and radiology. Residents will have one, two-week off-site rotation each year spent at another veterinary teaching hospital or a human hospital in the Boston area.
Independent thought and performance are essential. Presentation of a seminar in Angell’s biweekly continuing education lecture series is required each year. A clinical project resulting in a publication will also be required and the writing of other papers for publication is encouraged.
Residency in Surgery
One Small Animal Surgery Residency position is offered annually. The program meets the requirements of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, and includes surgical service responsibly, as well as rotations through radiology, anesthesiology, pathology and internal medicine. Outside electives at other veterinary or human hospitals are also available.
Residents participate in the instruction of veterinary students and interns in a clinical setting. Self-motivation is essential, as residents bear primary responsibility for emergency coverage with senior surgeons available for back-up. The residents are required to present two continuing education seminars each year. Completion of a research project, leading to submission of a publication is required.