Residency in Comparative Ophthalmology University of Tennessee, College Veterinary Medicine

Residency in Comparative Ophthalmology
University of Tennessee, College Veterinary Medicine

The College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, announces a 3-year residency in Comparative Ophthalmology to begin July 15, 2020. The deadline for application materials to arrive at the University of Tennessee is noon EST, Monday, November 11, 2019 (PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS DATE IS EARLIER THAN THE ORCA DEADLINE). Following review of all applications, a select number of applicants will be invited by November 25 for interview on December 6 or December 13.  An offer will be extended January 13 per the ORCA dates.  A 12 month internship is prerequisite.

Interested individuals need to submit:

1. Curriculum vitae

2. A personal statement describing background, qualifications, reasons for applying for the residency, and career goals.

3. Three letters of recommendation. These letters should be e-mailed directly to the University of Tennessee by the letter writer or administrative assistant.  Letters should address knowledge of veterinary medicine, general clinical skills, ability to apply knowledge in a clinical situation, communication skills, and ability to work with others.

4. Official transcripts (including grade point average) from all post-secondary institutions attended, and class rank from veterinary school.

Applications and letters of reference must be sent electronically to: Ms. Victoria Coy at  Transcripts, if hard copy, should be sent to Ms. Victoria Coy, University of Tennessee, College of Veterinary Medicine, Small Animal Clinical Sciences, 2407 River Dr., C247 Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Knoxville, TN 37996.

Application questions can be sent to All other questions can be sent to Dr. Dan Ward at

Program Description

The primary objective of this three-year program is to train the resident as a specialist in veterinary ophthalmology and to prepare the candidate for board certification by the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists.  Retention in the program is contingent upon continued satisfactory performance.

The ophthalmology service provides veterinary ophthalmic services for the Departments of Small Animal Clinical Sciences (dogs, cats, birds, small exotics, laboratory animals, wildlife), Large Animal Clinical Sciences (horses, farm animals), and the Knoxville Zoo and Ripley’s Aquarium.  Annual ophthalmology caseload is approximately 2600 cases. Facilities for extensive diagnostic work-up and the medical/surgical treatment of all species are provided within the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Current surgical and case numbers exceed the ABVO requirements.

The resident will spend approximately 75% of time in clinical service, with 25% of time allowed for other activities, such as clinical or basic research, manuscript preparation, and study for board examination. Didactic training is available in the form of resident/intern seminars, college conferences and seminars, journal club, and ocular histopathology rounds. Time away from clinics will be provided to attend the Magrane Ophthalmology Basic Science Course. Travel will be supported based on available funding.

Residents will be expected to participate in the ophthalmology course offered to second year veterinary students, to assist in laboratory exercises for both second and fourth year students, and to participate in house-officer seminars and faculty rounds. Residents will assume responsibility for the majority of ophthalmology emergencies while on clinic duty; backup from faculty ophthalmologists will always be available. 

Residents will be expected to report results of a research project at the annual ACVO Conference and to have a manuscript accepted to a refereed journal by the completion of the residency program. Residents will receive non-accruing 10 days of vacation time annually.

Statement of purpose and objectives

The purpose of the ophthalmology residency training program at the University of Tennessee is to train the resident as a specialist in veterinary ophthalmology and to prepare the candidate for board certification.

The objectives of the program are summarized below:

1. To train the resident to be proficient both medically and surgically in clinical ophthalmology for multiple species including companion animals, equine, food animal, laboratory and exotic animals.

2. To give the resident exposure to and experience in the research and scientific publication process.

3. To allow for the development of teaching skills both didactically and more informally in student and faculty rounds.

4. To prepare the resident to earn board certification as a diplomate by the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmology.

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Teresa Black