The goal of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital (VTH) is to provide the finest animal health care available while building the future of the veterinary profession through hands-on training of residents, interns and fourth-year DVM students.
The faculty, staff and students who will care for your pets, sporting and farm animals are compassionate, dedicated and committed to professional excellence. We have similar equipment and technology to diagnose and treat your animals that physicians use in human hospitals. Our hospital provides routine care to small animals through our “Community Practice.” However, many animals are referred to our hospital as they have challenging ailments that require the best of what modern veterinary medicine can offer.
The VTH clinical faculty members certified by organizations such as the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM), the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS), and others are some of the most highly trained veterinary specialists in the world. To achieve board certification, a veterinarian will typically complete four years of advanced study through post-DVM internship and residency programs. Then they must document their extensive training and pass rigorous examinations in order to earn board certification in their specialty. Their expertise assures the best possible results for your animals.
A “Translational Medicine” Approach
Our goal is to function at the leading edge of clinical care. Our clinical faculty members work closely with basic scientists in college laboratories to develop new medical and surgical treatments for managing disease in your animals. By helping develop promising new treatments and collaborating with scientists working at other academic medical centers, our clinicians can ensure that your animal receives the highest quality care.
Residents and Interns
Residents and interns work closely with clinical faculty-members to provide you and your animal with an excellent health care experience.
- An intern is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine who, in addition to having completed a four-year veterinary training program, has chosen to pursue an additional year of advanced clinical training.
- A resident is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine who, in addition to having completed a four-year veterinary training program, has at least one year of advanced post graduate training as an intern or years of practice experience. Residents embark upon a three-year training program that qualifies them for board certification in a veterinary specialty such as internal medicine, surgery, ophthalmology or radiology.
- A chief resident is promoted to a prestigious rank in the last year of their program after demonstrating to the faculty that they are skilled, knowledgeable, and competent to serve in this role. The promotion requires nomination by their section, a two-thirds majority vote by the department, and approval by the Hospital Board. A chief resident may see patients without direct supervision, however, board-certified faculty are always available for consultation or back-up.
All residents and interns are highly competent clinical professionals who also assist in training DVM students.
Licensed Veterinary Technicians
Licensed veterinary technicians (LVT) play an important role on our animal health care team. These trained and experienced professionals are like the “RN’s” of the world of clinical veterinary medicine. Working under the supervision of a veterinarian, LVTs provide specialized nursing care and can assist in a variety of diagnostic, medical and surgical procedures. LVT’s can now specialize in areas such as emergency and critical care and anesthesia.
Fourth-year Veterinary Students
Our hospital is called a Veterinary Teaching Hospital because it serves as an important training ground for the veterinarians of tomorrow while also functioning as a major medical center. Fourth-year students in the DVM program spend their final year in three-week clerkships designed to give them “hands-on” experience in medicine, surgery, radiology and many other areas of clinical care. When you bring your animal to the VTH, a fourth-year student will welcome you, take a case history, and conduct an initial examination prior to consulting with the supervising veterinarian. Our students will continue to work closely with you throughout the time your animal is under our care.
Our Partnership With You
Our clients play a pivotal role in ensuring that we optimize the health care of animals that become our patients. Veterinarians learn much about your animal during an examination, but we must depend upon you, the owner, to provide detailed information about a patient’s signs and behavior. Similarly, we will depend upon you to make sure that our doctor’s instructions are followed and that medications are properly administered. Working closely with you, we strive to achieve the best possible outcome for your pets and animals.