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Theriogenology Residency


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 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.

Prerequisites and Applications

  • You must meet admission requirements to The Ohio State University Graduate School without conditions - see Residency Program HandbookCVM Graduate Program Handbook and Graduate School Handbook
  • Applicants must be graduates of an AVMA-recognized or faculty-approved College or School of Veterinary Medicine with academic standing in the top 50% of the class
  • Applicants must have completed a one-year rotating internship or acceptable equivalent clinical experience
  • Applicants must be either US 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.

Employment and Benefits (see Residency Program Handbook)

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

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. Details can be found in tthe Residency Program Handbook.

Program Details

International Candidates

Applicants must be either U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. the Ohio State Unviersity 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.

Graduate School

Residents in MS and PhD programs must successfully pass and complete 20 didactic credit hours and a minimum of 10 non-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. 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. Details of the formal requirements for completion of the MS degree can be found in the Graduate Program Handbook of the CVM.

Original research or clinical investigation leading to scholarly publications is required by the department (see Graduate Program Handbook). Significant research leading to an MS thesis is standard for residents. Residents in the MS program can request for the non-thesis option after arrival; Residents can request a transfer to the non-thesis MSc program up until the end of the spring semester of their second year of a three-year residency program. It is expected that the MS thesis will be successfully defended no later than the conclusion of the residency (3 years total). The College's Council on Research reviews proposals and administers funds for research projects. Opportunities are also available to collaborate on extramurally-funded research projects with faculty in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, the Department of Veterinary Biosciences, and the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine. Details can be found in tthe Residency Program Handbook.

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:
Dr. Marco Coutinho Da Silva, DVM, PhD, DACT
Associate Professor and Service Head

Teaching Responsibilities

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. Details can be found in tthe Residency Program Handbook.

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Updated 11/3/17