Cornell University Ophthalmology Residency


The Section of Comparative Ophthalmology at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine is soliciting applications for a three-year residency in comparative ophthalmology beginning July 15, 2019 and ending July 31, 2022. Application materials must be received electronically by 8 pm EST, Friday, November 2, 2018. Following review of all applications, a select number of applicants may be invited to interview. The successful candidate will be offered the position at 12 noon EST on January 14, 2019.


The Ophthalmology Service at the Cornell University Hospital for animals cares for approximately 2700 patients annually between the Companion Animal and Equine/Farm Animal Hospitals. Four ACVO diplomates directly participate in the residency program (Drs. Filipe Espinheira, Thomas Kern, Eric Ledbetter, and Nita Irby). The program has 2 residents; the successful applicant will join a second-year resident. The beginning salary is $36,500. New York State licensure is NOT required. The residency contract will include a limited non-compete clause.

The residency program consists of advanced clinical training in veterinary ophthalmology in both hospitals involving care of dogs, cats, horses, food animals, camelids, pet and wild birds, laboratory animals, exotic pets, and other wildlife. Successful progression through the program will be accompanied by increasing clinical responsibilities.

Residents will attend rounds, conferences, and seminars that pertain to their areas of interest. Participation of residents in additional scholarly activities including continuing education (e.g., the ACVO Basic Science Course) and clinical or basic science research is required. Each resident is required to prepare and submit at least one manuscript to a peer-reviewed journal.

Continuation in the program is based upon satisfactory semi-annual performance reviews. A certificate of residency will be issued following successful completion of all requirements of the program.

Concurrent enrollment in residency and graduate programs is not permitted.


Program objectives include resident development of a high level of experience and clinical proficiency in the practice of veterinary ophthalmology; fulfillment of the residency requirements of the ABVO; acquisition of experience in veterinary education through clinical and didactic teaching; and development of critical thinking skills and experience in clinical research from project development through manuscript preparation and submission.

Questions regarding the residency application process or program should be directed to Dr. Eric Ledbetter (


  1.  A personal statement describing the applicant’s background, reasons for applying for this residency, and career goals.

  2. Curriculum vitae with names and contact information of 3 - 5 references.

  3. Three to five letters of reference from faculty members, research mentors, and/or practicing veterinarians. These letters should ideally address aptitude and performance pertinent to clinical skills, knowledge of veterinary medicine, ability to apply knowledge in the clinical setting, ability to communicate and work with others, and scientific research. Letters should be submitted by the authors directly to Attn: Rosemary Adessa

  4. Official transcripts including grade point average from all post-secondary institutions attended and your class rank in veterinary school. An official English language translation of each must be included if they are not in English. The transcripts should be sent electronically as scanned PDF documents forming part of the electronic application directly to Rosemary Adessa (

  5. Applicants from both foreign and American colleges of veterinary medicine are welcome to apply. Preference is generally given to applicants from AVMA accredited veterinary colleges. All clinical positions are only open to US citizens, US Permanent residents, Canadian citizens or foreign nationals with valid employment authorization documents (EAD in hand). No other visa sponsorships will be provided at this time.

  6. Canadian citizens will be sponsored for a TN visa for NAFTA professionals. Canadian applicants from Quebec must provide English Language proficiency documentation *as well as certified translations* of transcripts and veterinary degree as stated below.
    *Official and certified translations of all DVM transcripts and degree are required. If the courses and degree are not from a U.S. institution it is required that they are evaluated by an outside agency for U.S. equivalency that meet immigration standards. 

 Submit .pdf’s electronically to:

Rosemary Adessa (
Program Coordinator, Professional & Clinical Services
Cornell University Hospital for Animals
930 Campus Road, VMC Box 12
Ithaca, NY 14853-6401
T: (607) 253-3157             F: (607) 253-3282

DO NOT include confidential or restricted data in email messages or attachments as follows: 
Social Security Numbers, Driver’s License Numbers, Bank Account Numbers, or Credit Card Numbers.

Cornell University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer/educator.

Amanda Brown