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Resident in Small Animal Surgery (A440-17MA)

School of Veterinary Science, College of Sciences

Massey University Veterinary Teaching Hospital is offering one position for a four-year residency in Small Animal Surgery, to be based at the University’s Manawatu campus in Palmerston North. If you have completed an internship or equivalent clinical experience (at least 2 years clinical experience in companion animal practice), then we welcome you to apply.

Location:Palmerston North
Term:Fixed Term of 4 Years
Grade:Veterinary Intern
Salary:TBA
Applications close:11 p.m. on 26 January 2018
Additional Information:Criminal Check.pdf

Position overview

This is a full-time, four-year fixed-residency in Small Animal Surgery. The purpose of this residency programme is to support specialist training, and to encourage postgraduate study in small animal surgery as a foundation for referral specialist practice, or an academic career in small animal surgery.

The key objectives of the programme are:
- to provide advanced clinical training in surgery and related fields sufficient for board certification in small animal surgery (the candidate may choose from residencies aligned to either Australian or European College programmes).
- to encourage and provide the opportunity for intensive study of relevant scientific literature.
- to instruct and support a research project and the publication of original research findings in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Our AVMA accredited veterinary programme is world renowned, with a focus on providing quality learning experiences for students. The Veterinary Teaching Hospital is composed of four main clinical services - a Companion Animal Hospital, Equine, Production Animal and Wildlife. The hospital is staffed by board certified specialists in anaesthesiology, internal medicine, nutrition, oncology, diagnostic imaging, emergency medicine/critical care, soft-tissue and orthopaedic surgery. Visiting specialists in neurology, cardiology and ophthalmology also contribute to the clinical fabric of the hospital. Patient care is supported 24/7 by a dedicated team of ER veterinarians and nurses. The Hospital has good diagnostic facilities including digital imaging, ultrasonography, fluoroscopy and a 16-slice CT scanner. Ready access to off-site MRI and PET-CT is available. Diagnostic facilities are provided by an on-site commercial laboratory (New Zealand Veterinary Pathology [NZVP]); an in-house suite of IDEXX laboratory equipment is also available. The veterinary facilities are currently undergoing a major refurbishment, which will provide world-class facilities for all clinical and research activities.

The expected start date is May 2018.

For further information visit our website at www.massey.ac.nz or email Senior Lecturer, Kat Crosse, k.crosse@massey.ac.nz

Job description

Purpose statement

Provide high-quality veterinary services to companion animal patients seen at the MUVTH.

Responsible to

Group Leader - Companion Animal

Key accountabilities

The Resident will:
- develop skills in the diagnosis and management of cases in all core surgery disciplines, including orthopaedics, neurology and soft tissue surgery.
- become highly proficient in clinical problem solving, and nurture an understanding of pathophysiology and clinical research.
- complete scholarly research in an area of small animal surgery under the supervision of senior mentors. this will be supported with enrolment in papers designed to help teach experimental design and statistics.
- develop skills in radiology, ultrasonography, fluoroscopy and computed tomography of digs and cats.
- acquire, with supervision and training, good skills in teaching undergraduate veterinary students in the diagnosis and management of small animal surgery cases. Teaching skills will extend from hands on clinical training, small group tutorial and practical sessions, and formal didactic lecturing.
- develop an in-depth knowledge in anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology of disease in dogs and cats.
- contribute to the surgical services offered to all companion animal patients of the MUVTH, including out of hours duties in the Emergency Centre.
- complete externship training periods in key specialities if required.

Details of the programme are:

  1. The resident will be directly supervised by at least one ACVS/ECVS/ANZCVSc- recognised specialist in small animal surgery whilst working with clinical cases. In addition, the resident will complete supervised training periods in other related disciplines (eg. internal medicine, diagnostic imaging and pathology), as dictated by their training programme.
  2. Under supervision by a senior researcher, the resident will establish a research project within the first year of the program to enable credential requirements, and introduce the candidate to research methods.
  3. A minimum of 2 peer reviewed first author publications are expected to be produced during the training programme.
  4. The resident will be expected to provide emergency after-hours coverage for surgery and hospitalised cases (including medicine and primary accession cases), and to assist with patient treatment schedules on weekends as required.
  5. At the discretion of their supervisor, the resident will prepare and deliver a limited number of lectures and tutorials on topics appropriate to their level of training, and also assist with practical training classes for veterinary and veterinary nursing students.
  6. The resident will attend and contribute to Clinical Rounds, Journal Clubs, Book Clubs and similar academic pursuits as appropriate.
  7. The resident shall ensure that all teaching, research and other activities that involve the use of animals or their tissues are conducted according to the laws of New Zealand and conform to the requirements of the MU Code of Ethical Conduct for the use of Live Animals for Teaching and Research.
  8. Speaking engagements and submission of articles into non-peer reviewed journals are expected of the resident as a representative of MU. All material submitted for publication must be approved by the resident supervisor.
  9. carry out other relevant duties as reasonably specified by the Institute Head.

Person specification

Qualifications

Veterinary professional degree, e.g. BVSc, DVM, VMD etc. immediately registrable in New Zealand. Please refer to requirements of the New Zealand Veterinary Council website for clarification.

Experience

The program will suit graduates who have completed an internship or equivalent clinical experience (at least 2 years clinical experience in companion animal practice), but all suitable applicants will be considered.

Personal attributes and behaviours

A Full, clean driver's licence is essential.
The ability to work as part of a team is essential.
The hospital is open 24/7 hours, 365 days of the year. Case-rounds are held at 7.45am and 6.00pm. While attendance at these rounds is not mandatory for all clinicians, it is important that a representative of each service is present and aware of all cases that need to be discussed at rounds. These arrangements are organised at a service level on a fair and equitable basis.
The position requires the holder to be available for rostered after-hours work.

 

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