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Equine Hospital - Anesthesia and Pain Medicine - Residency Program

The American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia (ACVAA) accredits Cornell’s residency program in Veterinary Anesthesiology. This 3-year program generally enrolls new candidates each July and provides specialty training in veterinary anesthesiology and perioperative pain management as clinical disciplines. Successful completion of the program qualifies candidates to take the ACVAA board-certification examination, and prepares candidates for academic or specialty practice.  

Potential Applicants

Applications are managed through the Veterinary Internship and Residency Matching Program (VIRMP) unless otherwise specified. Applicants must have a D.V.M. (or equivalent veterinary degree) and has completed a rotating internship or equivalent (i.e. one year of general veterinary medicine practice).  Please contact the Program Director, Dr. Martin-Flores ( for any questions regarding the equivalency of your experience or program questions.

Applicants must be proficient in English (both written & spoken). Foreign applicants are eligible and encouraged to apply. For successful international candidates, the College provides assistance with obtaining a visa.

The application includes a Curriculum Vitae, letter of intent, transcript(s), and three letters of recommendation. An interview is preferred although not required. Phone or video conference interviews can be arranged.  Applicants may visit the facilities to learn more about the program and to meet the faculty and staff.  Visitation dates are limited and must be scheduled in advance through Rosemary Adessa

Description of the veterinary anesthesia residency program at Cornell University

he Anesthesiology Residency at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, is an established three-year program of advanced training in veterinary anesthesiology and preoperative pain management as clinical disciplines. The Anesthesiology service is composed of 4 board certified anesthesiologists, 4 anesthesiology residents and technicians trained in the discipline. Residents work closely with the respective service chiefs in providing the highest quality of patient care to both large (approximately 1300 patients annually) and small animal patients (approximately 2000 patients annually). Satisfactory progression will result in increased clinical responsibility including emergency duty that will be shared with other residents. The Anesthesiology faculty provides emergency backup support. The program includes large animal, small animal and exotic/zoo animal anesthesiology and preoperative care. The program objectives are to provide the resident with advanced training in all aspects of veterinary anesthesia and analgesia, fulfill the residency requirements of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia and the European College of Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia, provide experience in clinical and laboratory teaching, provide training allowing a high level of specialized service to the public and profession, and provide experience in research, including the completion of at least one manuscript describing research results. The program is an approved training center for the European College of Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia. 

Approximately 25% of the time is allocated for development activities (off-clinics), which may include research activities, rotations through other services, or attendance at conferences, for example. Residents are expected to attend rounds, seminars and conferences that pertain to their area of interest. The Anesthesiology service holds weekly section rounds, which include journal club, and offers weekly lectures on various topics relevant to our discipline. Participation in other educational programs will be dictated by the resident's needs and goals. Participation of residents in scholarly activities such as continuing education is encouraged, but participation of residents in such activities is subject to approval and dependent upon the availability of funding. While meeting specialty board requirements is the responsibility of the individual resident, the section supports individual efforts through didactic teaching, close interaction during clinical responsibilities and mentoring of research activities. 

Throughout the residency, but particularly during the second year and third year, residents have the opportunity to participate in other services of the Cornell University Hospital for Animals. These elective rotations are designed to aid in preparing for board certification. The duration and amount of support for these rotations are determined on an individual basis. Residents also participate in clinical instruction of veterinary medicine students. Excellent client and peer communication skills and the ability to work collaboratively as part of a clinical team are essential. 

Each resident will complete at least one research project in anesthesia and/or analgesia. Prior to completing the residency program each resident will submit at least one first-authored manuscript for publication in a refereed journal. This manuscript may describe the results of either a clinical or basic science research investigation. The manuscript will be prepared to meet requirements for board eligibility. The Anesthesiology section encourages its residents to present the results of the investigation at a national or international meeting. There are opportunities for financial support for this purpose. 

Continuation in the program is based on an acceptable level of performance. A "Certificate of Residency" will be issued following successful completion of all requirements of the program. The opportunity exists for graduate studies following completion of the residency program, and is dependent upon acceptance by the Graduate School of Cornell University and the availability of funding for stipend and research. 

Applicants must hold a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine or its equivalent, and have at least one year in general practice or a rotating internship.  We encourage candidates for the residency to visit our section or schedule a phone interview with the faculty. Application is usually through the annual VIRMP.

Applicants from both foreign and American colleges of veterinary medicine are welcome to apply. Preference is generally given to applicants from American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) accredited colleges.  Cornell University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer/educator.  

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