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Surgery Residency Program

Peterson and Smith offers a three year ACVS residency program in equine surgery to qualified veterinarians interested in gaining experience and confidence while developing and improving their knowledge and practical skills. The program provides residents with extensive exposure to all aspects of both equine surgery and medicine. One emphasis of the Peterson and Smith residency is to provide broad clinical experiences supported by ACVS and ACVIM boarded doctors. Good judgment and surgical and medical expertise are developed through hard work and mentorship preparing residents for a career in academia or a specialty practice.

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Arrangements with the University of Florida Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Gainesville enable residents to fulfill the required ACVS special rotations in radiology, pathology, anesthesiology and medicine. Residents travel to Gainesville one day a week until the rotations are completed, usually by the beginning of the second year. This time spent at the University provides quality time with peers and Diplomates of all specialty colleges and access to University of Florida libraries.

By the time residents have progressed to their second year, they have begun to accept and manage surgical and medical cases with direct support from all hospital doctors and technical staff. The first year of the program prepares the second and third year residents for this responsibility through many hours of training by both observation and practical experience gained from an excellent elective and emergency caseload.

The primary aim of the Peterson and Smith surgical residency is to produce a highly competent veterinarian with refined surgical skills who is also capable of practicing quality medicine.

We take one new resident each year starting July 1 for three years.  Applications are accepted year round with selections being made by the end of December/early January.  Please send a letter of intent, a resume and four letters of recommendation to Grace Tirado Perez, Operations Assistant.  E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.