The Auburn University Ophthalmology Specialty Internship

The Auburn University, College of Veterinary Medicine is accepting applications for a specialty internship in ophthalmology.  The ophthalmology service at Auburn University is a busy service that provides training in small animal, equine, food animal, avian, and exotic ophthalmology. The ophthalmology service is composed of both a small and large animal ophthalmology service; therefore a strong interest in equine ophthalmology is expected by all applicants. The service is supported by three members of the ACVO: Drs. Phillip Anthony Moore, Shannon Boveland and Richard McMullen, two three ophthalmology technicians, and starting July, 2018, three residents (one second year resident and two first year residents), and a specialty intern. 

The application deadline is January 2, 2019.  Applications should include a letter of intent, CV, and three letters of reference  and forwarded to Paula Dawson (, Department of Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, 1390 Hoerlein Hall, Auburn University, Auburn, Al 36849-5540.  All applicants must hold a DVM or equivalent degree and have completed a rotating internship or have at least one year comparable practice experience.  The official start date of the ophthalmology internship will be July 15, 2019.  Salary for the ophthalmology internship is $26,000.00.  All specialty interns are enrolled in graduate school. Tuition expenses, including insurance, for the ophthalmic intern will be paid through the Department of Clinical Sciences.

All specialty interns at Auburn University are enrolled in graduate school and must be able to meet entrance requirements for the AU Graduate School (the GRE is waived, see below). All interns must be enrolled in the graduate school throughout their program. Specialty interns are considered non-degree seeking graduate students.

Graduate school: Admission requirements to the Auburn University Graduate School must be fulfilled if selected as the ophthalmology intern; however, the GRE requirement is waived. Original transcripts for all college coursework will be required for the position.

International candidates: If an international candidate is accepted as an ophthalmic intern, all international applicants must submit an official score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) directly to the Auburn University Graduate School from the Education Testing Service or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Exemptions are considered on a case-by case-basis, depending on their official government language and medium of instruction. Students must score at least 550 on the paper TOEFL (pBT), 213 on the computer TOEFL (cBT), and 79 on the internet TOEFL (iBT) or 6.5 Overall Band Score on the IELTS to be considered for admission. On the iBT, students must score a minimum of 16 on the four component parts of the iBT (reading, speaking, and writing). 

Licensure: If a candidate is accepted into the ophthalmology internship program, all requirements must be met to hold and maintain a faculty license in the State of Alabama. – See and click the “licensee” and “faculty application links for information on licensure requirements.

Background check: Employment at Auburn University is contingent upon verification of credentials and successful completion of a background check.

The ophthalmic internship will be no more than one year in length. Membership in the AVMA is required to begin the internship in order to obtain professional liability insurance paid by the department. Faculty state licensure by examination is required and the fee is reimbursed by the Department of Clinical Sciences. Any required work permits or visas are the responsibility of the applicant.

For general information contact Renee Huston (, Department of Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, 1390 Hoerlein Hall, Auburn University, Auburn, Al 36849-5540 (phone 334-844-6003). More information about Auburn University, College of Veterinary Medicine and the community can be found at the University web sites: or Incomplete applications will not be considered.

For more information concerning the ophthalmology internship, the applicants may contact Drs. Shannon Boveland at, Phillip Anthony Moore at, or Richard McMullen at  

The candidate(s) selected for this position must be able to meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States at the time the appointments are scheduled to begin and must be able to communicate effectively in English.

Auburn University is an EEO/Vet/Disability Employer. It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other classification protected by applicable law.

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