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Equine Field Service/Ambulatory Medicine Residency

Introduction | Objectives | Faculty and Staff | Prerequisites and Application | Employment and Benefits | Orientation | Advisors and Mentoring | Clinical Service Responsibilities | Teaching Responsibilities | Educational Opportunities | Graduate Program | Research and Scholarly Activity | Evaluations | Specialty College Requirements | Board Certification | Expectations |


The residency program in Equine Field Service at the Ohio State University provides advanced clinical training and fulfills the requirements for species-specific certification by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP).  The residency is a 3-year combined residency and graduate studies program leading to a Certificate of Residency and Master of Science degree, as well as preparation for certification by the ABVP. The residency is directly supported by three Equine Field Service faculty clinicians and indirectly supported by the faculty and staff of OSU's Galbreath Equine Center.  A diverse variety of equine performance disciplines, breeding farms, and companion horses in the greater Columbus area are represented within the caseload of OSU EFS.  The OSU Equine Field Service provides veterinary service for all aspects of equine medicine and surgery including, but not limited to, diagnostic lameness examinations, internal medicine, theriogenology, preventive medicine (including dentistry), field surgery, and emergency medicine.  The majority of the residency will be supported by the field service caseload, but residents are encouraged to spend time in other specialty services within OSU's Galbreath Equine Center (such as surgery, internal medicine, clinical pathology, ophthalmology, etc.) or at other specialty equine practices.  Residents spend up to 50% of their time under the direct mentorship of one of OSU EFS's 3 full-time faculty members.  Equipment includes 5 fully-stocked trucks, digital radiography, ultrasound, motorized dentistry tools, 1m endoscope, shockwave machine, and computerized billing/medical records.

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This program will provide the resident with:

  • Advanced clinical training in all aspects of equine general practice
  • Fulfillment of the requirements necessary to qualify for board certification by the
  • American Board of Veterinary Practitioners
  • A Master of Science degree
  • Opportunity for teaching veterinary students and interns
  • Opportunity for public speaking
  • Opportunity for scientific writing and publication

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Faculty and Staff


  • Naomi Chiero, DVM
  • Johnathan Yardley, DVM
  • Matthew Brokken DVM, DACVS

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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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Employment and Benefits (see Residency Program Handbook

  • Salary
  • Health Insurance
  • Travel allowance
  • Personal and Professional leave
  • External consultation and employment
  • Licensure

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  • A departmental orientation will occur during the first 2 days of the residency. 
  • Equine Field Service orientation will follow. 
  • Residents will be assigned a temporary mentor until a permanent mentor is chosen. 
  • Residents will ride with one of the 3 senior faculty for the first 3-6 weeks to become familiar with the practice area, clients, etc. 

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Advisors and Mentoring

Clinical Advisor
Each of the Equine Field Service faculty members will serve in an equal capacity as clinical advisors.  Residents may seek advice from each of the faculty members and from their back-up clinician on
emergency calls.  Dr. Burns is the approved ABVP advisor.

Academic Advisor
An Academic Advisor is usually chosen once an area of research is selected.  This does not have to be one of the Field Service clinicians.  Until an advisor is chosen, Dr. Burns should be involved in the initial discussions and planning of the resident's research.

Thesis Committee (for residents electing to complete a thesis Masters) 
Once the specific area of research is selected, an Advisory Committee will be formed that will consist of the academic advisor, one other Equine Field Service faculty member and any other faculty members who may be able to provide advice in the development of a specific research project.  Typically, the Advisory Committee serves as the Examination committee for the thesis defense.  These committees must consist of at least 3 graduate faculty members; committee formation is the responsibility of the resident. 

All of the Equine Field Service faculty members will serve as mentors throughout the residency, graduate course program, and research project.  We view this as an important and enjoyable aspect of our jobs.  We are committed to providing support and guidance to assist our residents in all aspects of their professional lives.  We care about our resident's professional as well as their personal development and aim to assist them in being successful in their careers. 

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Clinical Service Responsibilities

3 year (156 week) Residency Requirements:

  • 116 weeks of ambulatory service
  • 34 (minimum) weeks of "off clinics" during which time all in-house blocks, off campus blocks, research, manuscript preparation, board credentials, and research should occur.
    • 10 weeks during the 1st year of the residency
    • 12 weeks in both the 2nd and 3rd year of the residency 
  • We are a full-service equine ambulatory practice.  Clinical cases are seen daily (length of day depends on season) and emergency duty is divided 50/50 between intern and resident.  Mentoring is always available. 
  • As each person's level of knowledge, confidence, comfort, and experience is different, so too will be the amount of supervision/mentoring they will require.  The resident will NOT take primary emergency duty for at least the first 2 weeks.  After that time, the resident will be allowed to cover primary emergency duty with faculty clinician back-up as appropriate for their level of competence. Up to 50% of the resident's time will be spent in the truck with or following a senior clinician. This means on average the resident will be in the truck or following the faculty clinician at least 2.5 days each week. It is preferable that the resident rides in the truck so that they can discuss case management during the drive between appointments. As the resident's comfort level increases, they will be allowed to have more time on their own.  It is expected that if the resident has a case with which they need assistance with that they will consult with one of the faculty clinicians.  Our goal is that upon completion of the residency, the resident has seen a large and diverse caseload, performed a wide variety of procedures and techniques, and is ready to go out and practice high quality equine field service medicine.  The resident should actively seek constructive feedback from the faculty clinicians regarding knowledge, technical skills, case management, client communication, student teaching, and other pertinent aspects of your residency. 
  • We are currently working with Dr. Hubbell et all's AAEP procedure list
  • In consultation with the faculty, the intern and resident are responsible for developing the emergency schedule.  Each will be responsible for 50% of after-hours primary emergency duty.  If this cannot be satisfactorily worked out amongst the house officers, a faculty member will make the final emergency call schedule.
  • The resident is encouraged to spend time in other disciplines within the College of Veterinary Medicine.  The resident will be given up to 4 weeks time to spend in-house during the months of November- March.  Upon arrival, a schedule will be developed by the resident and their mentor based on the interests and needs of the resident.  Occasionally, an exceptional resident will be given more time in a specific discipline or allowed time outside of OSU should time and scheduling allow.  However, this is not guaranteed.
  • Time off clinics

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Teaching Responsibilities

  • The resident will be responsible for clinical teaching any time the 4th year veterinary students are in the truck with them.  This includes daytime and emergency calls.
  • The resident will be responsible for leading morning rounds for the 4th year veterinary students once per week, discussing a topic of their choice.
  • The resident will be responsible for participation in the Operative Procedures laboratories and Dr. Schmall's lameness laboratory as requested by the senior faculty.
  • The resident may also be asked to present lectures in the Pleasure Horse Medicine course as well as any client education or continuing education series.

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Educational Opportunities

  • The resident is required to take part in the departmental Graduate Equine Medicine Resident training course.  Active participation will aid in developing communication skills and awareness of the current veterinary literature.  Literature reviews and presentations in this class will fulfill ABVP requirements.
  • It is expected that the majority of the educational experience of the resident will be the result of interaction within the ambulatory service, daily case management with senior clinicians, and self-directed learning experiences.  If the resident has specific areas of interest or specific goals, every attempt will be made to achieve them.  Learning is an active process, and the resident will gain more from this residency by being pro-active.
  • The resident is encouraged to spend time in other disciplines within the College of Veterinary Medicine. Upon arrival, the resident and their mentor will develop a schedule based on the interests and goals.  Under special circumstances the resident will be given additional time in a specific discipline or allowed time outside of OSU should scheduling permit.
  • A primary benefit to the residency position at a large referral center/teaching hospital is the availability of the ancillary services and board-certified specialists. The resident is encouraged to schedule time in-house.
  • The resident is encouraged to select and attend one national level continuing education course.  Selection should be made early and ability to attend will depend on clinical coverage for that meeting.  Residents are also encouraged to attend any continuing education courses offered locally or through The Ohio State University.  ABVP requirements are for 50 CE hours per year.
  • The resident and their mentor will develop a reading list in preparation for the ABVP certification examination.

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

  • MS thesis or non-thesis research
  • Residents in MS and PhD programs must successfully pass and complete 20 didactic graded credit hours of graduate courses and 10 non-didactic 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. In the past, residents have fulfilled their didactic coursework requirements by the end of the 2nd year or early in the 3rd year of their programs.

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Research and Scholarly Activity

  • MS thesis or non-thesis research 
  • Residents are responsible for developing, with the assistance of the graduate mentor, a research project suitable for a Master's thesis and publication.
  • Residents are expected to write a grant to successfully obtain funding for their projects.
  • Although not required, residents should present results of their research project at a national level meeting (abstracts and/or posters would suffice)
  • Residents are expected to successfully complete a Master's thesis or non-thesis research defense 
  • Residents are expected to complete a Master's thesis, if selected, and submit it to the library.
  • Residents are expected to submit the Master's project for publication within 1 year after completion of the project.
  • Residents are expected to publish one article in a refereed journal in accordance with the ABVP requirements.  This can either be the Master's project publication or another article of interest.
  • Residents are expected to complete coursework required to obtain the Master's degree.

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  • Departmental evaluations
  • As required by the ABVP, a progress report letter from the resident's mentor will be submitted with all required ABVP credentials biannually.

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Specialty College Requirements

  • Requirements for American Board of Veterinary Practitioners can be viewed at the ABVP website (
  • A minimum of 24 months of clinical experience in equine practice.
  • 3 case logs are to be maintained by the resident based on the ABVP guidelines
  • One manuscript will be published in a peer reviewed journal.
  • 2 case reports will be submitted according the ABVP guidelines (preferably one in each of the second and third years).
  • 50 hours of CE per year will be obtained by the resident based upon individual interests.
  • A minimum of 2 one hour presentations in a formal setting per year.

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Board Certification

  • We offer a comprehensive didactic and clinical training program that we believe provides excellent preparation for successful completion of the ABVP board certifying examination.

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Expectations of the Resident

  • Possess a strong core knowledge of equine medicine and surgery
  • Possess effective oral and written communication skills
  • Be highly-motivated and dedicated to self-improvement
  • Be energetic and enthusiastic about equine medicine and surgery
  • Be prepared to put in long hours and work hard
  • Develop a list of goals and strive to complete them
  • Be compassionate and caring towards our clients and patients
  • Be willing to seek additional help and support when required
  • Be pro-active in formulating and completing the requirements for their residency and Master's degree programs

Expectations of the Mentors

  • To practice and teach high quality equine medicine and surgery
  • To provide 24/7 mentoring
  • To provide exposure to good business practices
  • To develop effective communication skills
  • To provide a good teaching environment
  • To work with the resident and assist them in achieving their goals
  • To provide adequate mentoring for the resident to successfully complete all ABVP and Master's degree requirements

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

 Updated 9/10/18