The Theriogenology area operates within the Food Animal Medicine, Surgery, and Theriogenology section. A residency program of three years in duration is available to those applicants, which are selected for this position. The program provides advanced Theriogenology training and preparation and anticipation of the resident applying for and taking the Board examination for The American College of Theriogenologists. The three-year program is contingent upon evaluations by the Theriogenology and Reproductive Medicine faculty members and the department on a quarterly, bi-annual, and annual basis throughout the program.

Graduate study leading to the attainment of the Master's Degree is a requirement of the applicant. The resident will be expected to prepare for the certification examination f all information by interacting with faculty, literature reviews, case discussions, and obtainment of all information relevant to the passing of the board. The program at The Ohio State University, Theriogenology and Reproductive Medicine Service, is a multi-species program. The successful applicant will see cases involving bovine, equine, camelid, small ruminant and small animal with possibility of involvement in some zoological species. Therefore, interaction of resident with clinicians in the food animal, equine and small animal sections is anticipated as well as possible interaction with the zoo veterinarians at the Columbus, Cincinnati and Cleveland Zoos and at The Wilds.

The objectives of the program are for the resident to:

  1. Develop comprehensive, state-of-the-art expertise and clinical proficiency in Theriogenology;
  2. Satisfy the criteria necessary to qualify for Board Certification, and to prepare the resident for successful completion of the Board Certification Examination;
  3. Prepare for future career goals of teaching, clinical research, scientific publication, or specialized practice; and
  4. Attain the Master of Science degree in a specific area of research endeavor.

Clinical Rotations

The specific responsibilities of the successful applicant would include working with senior clinicians until a level of confidence is determined by the faculty to permit the successful applicant to handle individually cases in any of the areas. The resident will accept full patient responsibility at the discretion of the section head and/or other senior faculty members within any of the sections within the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences. The resident will assume responsibility on the Food Animal Emergency schedule rotation with the Food Animal Medicine and Surgery residents to handle all cases presented to the veterinary hospital in the Food Animal Section. The resident will also be called upon to assist in other sections within the hospital on Theriogenology cases on an emergency basis where necessary.

Educational Opportunities

Participation in departmental and section seminars, journal clubs and lectures is required in addition to the course requirements for the obtainment of the Master's Degree. The Master's Degree can involve any segment of Theriogenology including the interaction of research interests with other departments within the college or other colleges on campus.

Program Details

International Candidates

Offer will be contingent upon obtaining an approved work authorization (visa) that will allow you to report to The Ohio State University Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences for the beginning of your internship/residency no later than July 15 of the year the residency starts. An official score of at least 550 on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required or a minimum official score of at least 114 on the internet-based TOEFL.

Graduate School

You must meet admission requirements to The Ohio State University Graduate School without conditions. (3.0 GPA required)

The Ohio State University is Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Qualified minorities, Vietnam-era Veterans, disabled veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

For further information please contact:
coutinho-da-silva [dot] 1 [at] osu [dot] edu (Dr. Marco Coutinho Da Silva), DVM, PhD, DACT
Associate Professor and Service Head


Teaching responsibility to fourth year veterinary students is one of the important functions of the residents. This teaching will occur both in the Theriogenology labs as well as on the clinic cases presented to The Ohio State University. The residents will participate in daily ward rounds unless this is prevented by formal class, which will lead to obtainment of the Master's Degree. Furthermore, participation in section research projects is encouraged as well as participating in selected lectures in core, elective and continuing education courses. The resident will conduct assigned section seminars. The publication of case reports for review articles is encouraged realizing that the major focus of the Theriogenology residents will be the research involved with the obtainment of the Master?s Degree and publication of results of that research.


The benefits obtained by the resident in this program include health insurance coverage, which is a co-paid program. Fees for the graduate school are paid by the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences. Liability insurance is not provided by The Ohio State University and the use of facilities within the College of Veterinary Medicine is the same for the residents as it is for the faculty.