Iowa State University Veterinary Ophthalmology Residency

Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center at Iowa State University

Application Deadline Friday, November 2, 2018

Summary of Duties and Responsibilities:      

The College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, offers a training program in Veterinary Ophthalmology designed to prepare residents for board certification by the American Board of Veterinary Ophthalmology. The residency program is three years in duration (reappointment pending annual review and available funding). A concurrent Master of Science program is also available but is not required.

There are currently 3 ACVO diplomates in direct support of the residency training. In addition, board certified specialists in various fields (e.g. internal medicine, surgery, oncology, dermatology, radiology, pathology, and more) provide additional program support. Ophthalmology residents share primary ophthalmology emergency duties, including after hours, weekends and holidays. Residents participate in clinical rounds, seminars, journal club, image review, surgical practice, continuing education programs, and various departmental academic programs (including student teaching).

Department/Program & College Description         

This Ophthalmology residency program has been designed to provide an in-depth training in comparative ophthalmology and related basic and applied sciences. The program has been developed to provide residents with comprehensive knowledge of ocular conditions affecting animals and is approved by the American Board of Veterinary Ophthalmology (ABVO). Our program strives to prepare residents for active careers in academia or specialty practice, and the caseload provides an excellent and broad experience over the duration of the residency.

Required Education and Experience          

  • DVM or equivalent degree

  • Satisfactory completion of at least a one year rotating internship or equivalent post graduate veterinary clinical experience

  • Candidates must have successfully completed the National Board examination or its equivalent in the certifying country; must be approved to practice veterinary medicine in the United States

Application Instructions:

To apply for this position, please send the following to the Ophthalmology Residency search committee c/o Melissa Tritsch at while referencing “Resident in Veterinary Ophthalmology – LAST NAME OF APPLICANT

  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae

  2. Veterinary School Transcript including Grade Point Average and class rank

  3. Letter of Application/Cover Letter (personal statement describing background, objectives for the residency and career goals)

  4. 3-4 letters of reference (submitted by the person authoring the letter, not forwarded by the candidate)

For Questions Regarding the Application Process Please Contact:

Ms. Melissa Tritsch at 515-294-2082 or

For Specific Questions Regarding the Program You May Contact Any of the Following:

Dr. Rachel Allbaugh, DVM, MS, DACVO ( – Ophthalmology Faculty Member

Dr. Gil Ben-Shlomo, DVM, PhD, DACVO, DECVO ( – Ophthalmology Faculty Member

Dr. Lionel Sebbag, DVM, DACVO ( – Ophthalmology Faculty Member

Dr. Rita Wehrman, DVM ( – Ophthalmology Resident 2016-2019

Dr. Braidee Foote, DVM ( – Ophthalmology Resident 2017-2020

Dr. Louise O’Leary, MVB ( – Ophthalmology Resident 2018-2021

Proposed Start Date:  07/15/2019

Proposed End Date or Length of Term: 6/30/2020 with possibility of annual renewal through 7/14/2022. Annual renewal will be based on satisfactory performance and continued funding.

The selected candidate will be required to sign a non-compete agreement upon offer acceptance.

The successful candidate will be required to complete a supplemental questionnaire and successfully complete a background check before an official offer of employment will be made.

Proof of rabies titer read at an acceptable level within two years from the date employment will begin must be provided before the anticipated start date.

Additional health requirements enforced by external rotations during the course of this program will be the responsibility of the resident.

Following the review of applications, selected candidates may be invited for a personal or telephone interview.

The residency position will be offered 1/14/19 at 11:00 am CST (12:00 pm EST).

Deadlines and offering dates will be in accordance with the Ophthalmology Residency Choosing Association [ORCA] guidelines.

Salary is $29,000 per year with the potential for annual raises.

Additional information for graduates of universities outside of the United States and Canada:

Iowa State University accepts applications from those who are not U.S. Citizens, U.S. permanent residents, or citizens of Canada or Mexico (TN-1 eligible candidates). However, the feasibility of placement of foreign applicants requiring H-1B status depends on the application year’s prevailing wage rate as set by the U.S. Dept. of Labor, and is influenced by the number and quality of applicants received that year. All candidates must provide answers to the following questions with their application materials: 1) Can you work for any employer in the United States? Yes or No; 2) Do you now or will you in the future require sponsorship in order to work with Iowa State University? Yes or No.

Amanda Brown