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 introduction  | Objectives | Employment & Benefits | Prerequisites and application  | Clinical Service Responsibilities | Teaching Responsibilities | Educational Opportunities | Graduate Program | Research & Scholarly Activity | 


The Oncology/Hematology Service offers a residency program in Clinical Oncology that provides advanced clinical training and specialization in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of small animals under the supervision of board-certified specialists. Faculty are nationally and internationally recognized leaders in their respective fields. The standard program is a 3-year combined residency and graduate studies program leading to a Certificate of Residency and Master of Science (MS) degree.

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The objectives of the program are for the resident to:

  1. Develop comprehensive, state-of-the-art expertise and clinical proficiency in clinical oncology;
  2. Satisfy the criteria necessary to qualify for Board Certification, and to prepare the resident for successful completion of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) Specialty Certification Examination (Oncology);
  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.

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Employment and Benefits (see Residency Program Handbook)

  • Salary
  • Health insurance
  • Travel allowance
  • Personal + Professional days leave (from policy)
  • External consultation and employment
  • Licensure


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Prerequisites and application

  • All potential residents must meet the minimum requirements and qualifications (see Residency Program HandbookCVM Graduate Program Handbook and Graduate School Handbook.
  • Applicants must be either U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. the Ohio State University cannot sponsor or process F, J, or H-1B visa applications for resident positions. We also cannot accept TN visas. Successful applicants must be available to report to The Ohio State University Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences no later than the scheduled beginning of the program.
  • Applicants must be graduates of an AVMA-recognized College or School of Veterinary Medicine and have completed a one-year rotating internship or acceptable equivalent clinical experience.
  • All requirements must be met to hold and maintain a limited license to practice Veterinary medicine in the State of Ohio – click here for information on licensure requirements.
  • Currently admission requirements include:
    • a minimum 3.0 GPA for all undergraduate coursework 
    • a minimum 3.0 GPA for professional (veterinary degree) studies;
    • a minimum 3.3 GPA for all graduate coursework;

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Clinical Service responsibilities

Clinical Rotations

Program rotations are designed to insure development of clinical competence in a broad range of specialties. Residents rotate every 2 to 4 weeks among the clinical services within the Section of Small Animal Medicine including internal medicine, cardiology, and radiation oncology, but spend most of the time on medical oncology. Additional rotations through any of these areas or elective rotations through other areas such as dermatology, ophthalmology, clinical pathology, diagnostic imaging, pathology, anesthesiology, and surgery may be arranged during the 3-year program. Clinical rotations facilitate development of clinical proficiency, clinical skills, and knowledge of medicine through exposure to a wide variety of cases at all levels of complexity. Case management is carried out with the guidance and collaboration of experienced faculty who are recognized experts in their respective fields. State-of-the-art equipment and facilities are available to develop technical expertise in diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.

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Teaching responsibilities


Teaching responsibilities include clinical teaching of senior and junior veterinary students assigned to the resident's ward or emergency service. Residents also participate in teaching small animal technical skills to junior veterinary students during laboratories. Interested residents will be given the opportunity to develop lecture skills by preparing and delivering selected formal classroom lectures to professional students.

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Educational opportunities

Numerous specialty seminars, conferences, and journal clubs are available to residents. A required weekly clinicopathologic conference provides an opportunity for residents to enrich their clinical problem-solving skills. A comprehensive collection of graduate level courses in small animal medicine provides residents with relevant course material for partial fulfillment of the MS degree requirements.

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Graduate Program (see Residency Program Handbook and, CVM Graduate Program Handbook

Residents in MS and PhD programs must successfully pass and complete 20 didactic graded credit hours of graduate courses as a requirement for completion of their degree. Residents in MS programs must complete a minimum of 30 credits total.  Courses are offered within the College of Veterinary Medicine (a full curriculum of graduate courses on a range of topics is offered within the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences) as well as by other colleges at The Ohio State University. Details of the formal requirements for completion of the MS degree can be found in the Graduate Program Handbook of the CVM.

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Research and scholarly activity

  • Original research or clinical investigation leading to scholarly publication is required. Considerable research is required of residents in the 3-year combined program leading to the MS degree. To facilitate research opportunities, residents are given off-clinic rotations during which they are free from scheduled ward duties and clinical case responsibilities. This time is provided to allow pursuit of course work, independent study, research, publication, or other elective endeavors. The maximal time available for these activities is 9 months for residents in the 3-year combined residency and graduate studies program.
  • Each resident must submit at least one scholarly paper to a refereed journal prior to completion of the residency program. Each resident must present at least one formal paper at a state or national veterinary meeting or to the small animal faculty prior to completion of their program. Residents in the graduate program are expected to prepare and submit their research for publication.

Click here to contact the VCS Resident Education Program Coordinator with Questions

For more information, please contact the VCS Education Program Coordinator:
Chelsea Allen
(614) 688-0332

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Updated 5/27/21