Residency Programs

The Ohio State University Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences provides post-DVM residency advanced training programs in the principles and practice of specialty veterinary medicine.

Residents share the responsibility of the faculty to provide exceptional educational experiences for our veterinary students, outstanding clinical services to our patients, our clients, and providing professional service to our referring veterinarians. 

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Preparing Your Application

All residency applicants must meet these minimum requirements and qualifications:

  • Must be either U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. (Ohio State University cannot sponsor or process F, J, or H-1B visa applications for resident positions. We also cannot accept TN visas.)
  • Must be available to report to The Ohio State University Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences by the scheduled beginning of the program as outlined on VIRMP or other specialty selection program (eg. ORCA).  
  • Must be graduates of an AVMA-recognized College or School of Veterinary Medicine or equivalent and have completed a one-year rotating internship or acceptable equivalent clinical experience.
  • All requirements must be met to hold and maintain an Ohio license to practice veterinary medicine. 
    Licensure Requirements
  • For residents who enroll in a Master of Science degree program, current admission requirements include a minimum:
    • 3.0 GPA for all undergraduate coursework
    • 3.0 GPA for professional (veterinary degree) studies
    • 3.3 GPA for all graduate coursework

Additional Resources and Information

Additional information can be found in residency handbooks and below. Residents are expected to review this information and familiarize themselves with the details before orientation.

  • During the first week of the residency program, all incoming residents participate in comprehensive orientation introducing them to the department, college and university; to complete necessary documentation and requirements and to facilitate integration into our program and activities.
  • Following the general orientation, residents meet with their respective service to discuss expectations and specialty college specific requirements.  

Residents are classified as faculty for benefit purposes. More information about comprehensive benefits offered by The Ohio State University, can be found here.

Paid Time Off:

  • Personal Days: You'll receive 10 personal days each year, with a maximum of 30 days over your three-year residency.
  • Professional Days: The department provides 15 professional days for conferences, educational experiences, or post-residency job interviews.
  • Additional Educational Time: Your service may grant additional time for research, external rotations, specialty training, board prep, or taking board exams.
  • Sick Leave: Residents accrue sick time based on their position (4.6 hours biweekly).
  • Leave Requests: All leave requests must follow departmental and service policies outlined during orientation.

Teaching responsibilities include clinical teaching of fourth year veterinary students, interns and junior residents assigned to their respective services. Residents participate in teaching technical skills to pre-clinical veterinary students during laboratories. Interested residents may be given the opportunity to develop lecture skills by preparing and delivering teaching rounds and/or selected formal classroom lectures to professional students.

  • Numerous seminars, conferences and journal clubs are available to residents.
  • Residents are provided with $1500 in continuing education funds during their residency program to attend and/or present at their specialty college annual conferences or other approved uses.  
  • All residents have the opportunity to take graduate courses offered by the University or enroll in a concurrent Master’s program, if approved by their service. All graduate programs offered at The Ohio State University, can be found here.
  • As employees of The Ohio State University, residents can enroll in the Faculty and Staff Tuition Assistance plan which pays the instructional, general and non-Ohio resident fees (up to 10 hours per term) when taking courses at Ohio State. For more information on the Faculty and Staff Tuition Assistance benefit plan, click here.
  • Each resident will be assigned a board-certified clinical advisor from their respective service at the beginning of their program. The advisor can be changed according to the individual needs and interests of the resident.
  • A research advisor may also be selected once a resident’s primary research interests have been determined. Until a research advisor is selected, all faculty within the resident’s service are involved in the initial discussion and planning of the direction of a resident’s research. 
  • For those residents enrolled in a concurrent thesis Master’s program, a committee will be formed to provide advice in development, execution and completion of a specific research project. This committee must consist of at least three graduate faculty members.
  • Our faculty regard mentoring residents as one of their most important, and most enjoyable duties. Faculty are committed to providing support, guidance, collaboration and help in all aspects of resident’s professional lives during residency. We care about our residents’ professional and personal development and aim to assist our residents in being the best that they can be and prepare them for successful careers in their specialty.

All residents are formally evaluated every 6 months on their clinical abilities, medical knowledge, professional conduct, interpersonal skills and communication, teaching ability, clerical and managerial skills, research activity and graduate coursework (if applicable) and attendance and participation in conferences and meetings. Additional details of the evaluations can be found in the residency handbook.

Contact Us

For general inquiries regarding residency programs below, please contact our Education Program Coordinator

Chelsea Souder