Internship Program in Ophthalmology - University of Georgia

Internship Program in Ophthalmology
Department of Small Animal Medicine
College of Veterinary Medicine
University of Georgia
Athens, GA  30602-7390

Program Overview

The Ophthalmology Program at the University of Georgia is excited to offer a 1-year Ophthalmology internship training program beginning July 15, 2019.  The objectives of this internship are to provide a non-degree, advanced clinical training program in companion animal ophthalmology and to offer experience in clinical ophthalmic research.  This program will allow veterinarians to expand their ophthalmic knowledge base and clinical skills in preparation for further training in an ophthalmology residency.  Candidates must be highly motivated and have previously completed a one-year rotating internship or its equivalent in practice experience.

The University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine is located in Athens, Georgia.  Athens is a community of approximately 100,000 residents located 65 miles northeast of Atlanta.  The College’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital provides out-patient and hospital accommodations for the medical and surgical treatment of companion animals.  Complete clinical, diagnostic, and pathologic facilities permit the intensive diagnostics and care for hospital patients, and our hospital is adequately staffed with specialists in all veterinary specialties including surgery, internal medicine, neurology, cardiology, oncology, emergency and critical care, dermatology, anesthesia, diagnostic imaging, anatomic and clinical pathology, and zoological medicine.  In addition, the integrated ophthalmology team at UGA includes 2 ophthalmology faculty members, 1 medical ophthalmology resident and 1 medical ophthalmology technician.   We have a busy caseload that includes a large equine component.  Applicants must be comfortable handling and treating horses although case management is shared with the large animal internal medicine service.

The intern will spend his or her time working on the Ophthalmology Service in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital.   All clinical duties will be conducted under direct supervision of the three faculty ophthalmologists and will include diagnosing and treating companion animals with ocular disease, managing inpatients, providing consultations for doctors from other hospital services and surrounding general practices, and contributing to the education of senior veterinary students working in the teaching hospital.  While ophthalmology interns do not have general emergency responsibilities, they are expected to see patients of the ophthalmology service presenting after-hours on emergency, as well as provide back-up on any other after-hours ophthalmology cases.  This duty is rotated between the ophthalmology intern and two ophthalmology residents. 

Ophthalmology interns participate in patient rounds.  Ophthalmology rounds/ journal club are held weekly and ocular histopathology rounds are held monthly; ophthalmology interns and residents are expected to attend and participate in these rounds to expand their knowledge base and help prepare for the ACVO board examinations.  Additionally, attendance at the Hospital Grand Rounds Seminar is strongly encouraged.  Interns are also strongly encouraged to attend the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists Meeting. 

Vacation, Compensation, Fees, and University Requirements

For every 12 months of training, 10 days of vacation time are provided for interns and residents, as well as 10 days of sick leave.  Although there are no state funds to support travel, the ophthalmology service is usually able to provide funding to partially offset expenses associated with travel to one professional meeting.  The beginning annual stipend is similar to rotating interns and will be updated soon.

Application Process

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status in its programs or activities. In lieu of new applications, we will be reviewing residency applicants that did not match with a program.

Questions about the program should be directed to:

Dr. Kathern Myrna
Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery
College of Veterinary Medicine
University of Georgia
Athens, GA  30602-7390


Sally Henry