Four Year Residency at The Veterinary Medical Center at Michigan State University

The Veterinary Medical Center at Michigan State University cares for approximately 27,000 patients annually. Two ACVO diplomates (Drs. Komaromy and Pirie) participate in the residency training program. The successful applicant will join two current residents and must be committed to working with diverse student and community populations. The beginning salary is $40,000. Michigan State licensure is required (see below). The residency contract will include a non-compete clause.

The residency program consists of advanced clinical training in veterinary ophthalmology in the Veterinary Medical Center and will involve the care of dogs, cats, horses, food animals, camelids, pet and wild birds, laboratory animals, exotic pets, and other wildlife species. 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 two manuscripts to a peer-reviewed journal.

Residents are appointed to renewable 1-year appointments for the duration of the four-year training program. Reappointment and 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.


This residency is designed to prepare the resident for a successful career as an academic or private practice ophthalmologist. This training program will also prepare the Resident for successful completion of all parts of the specialty board certification process established by the ABVO. The goals of this training program are for the Resident to develop rational scientific research methods, clinical skills, and a knowledge base that considerably surpass the minimum necessary requirements and expectations of a Resident in an ABVO-approved training program.

This training program is designed to provide the Resident a depth and breadth of exposure to diagnosis and treatment of veterinary ophthalmic disease processes. Four particular areas of training will be emphasized in this program: 1) the development of sound diagnostic, medical, and surgical skills in ophthalmology; 2) training in, and application of research techniques; 3) a thorough understanding of the histologic basis of ocular disease; and 4) a solid foundation in the basic science of comparative ophthalmology.


  1. DVM degree or its equivalent

  2. 12 months of clinical veterinary experience

  3. Citizenship in the United States, or Canada, or Mexico

Due to immigration restrictions, we cannot accept applicants who are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States, or citizens of Canada or Mexico at this time.

Practice in the MSU Veterinary Medical Center requires Michigan Veterinary Licensure. A clinical academic license is available and acceptable. The Michigan Veterinary License application fee will be paid for the selected candidate; however, additional fees, including but not limited to, transcript requests, criminal background check/finger printing, verification of licensure in another state, etc., are the responsibility of the selected candidate. The selected resident will be provided with additional details to assist in obtaining Michigan licensure at the appropriate time.

Health Risks

  • Potential exposure to animals or to specimens with Mycobacterium.

  • Work with animals or unfixed animal tissue.

Required Application Materials

  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 practicingveterinarians. 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 tocommunicate and work with others, and scientific research.

    Letters should be submitted by the authors directly to Attn: Tammy Pike (

  4. Official transcripts:

    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

Deadline for receipt of application: 12 noon EST, Monday, Nov. 18, 2019

Interested candidates may contact Dr. Chris Pirie, Associate Professor and Ophthalmology Service Head at if further information is desired.

MSU Statement:

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

Teresa Black