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Equine Residency


Duration of Study

Faculty in Support of the Program

Clinical Training and Responsibilities

Graduate Program


Overview of the Program

The Iowa State University Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences offers a program in Equine Internal Medicine in the specialty of Large Animal Internal Medicine. The residency program is three years in duration. Potential applicants are encouraged to call or write for additional information.


The goals of the equine medicine residency program at Iowa State University are:

• To provide training and experience in all aspects of equine internal medicine.

• To prepare the resident for board certification by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.

• To introduce the resident to educational principles, provide experience and training in teaching of clinical material, classroom lectures/discussion techniques, and the presentation of material for continuing education of graduate veterinarians, and

• To introduce the resident to veterinary research.

Duration of Study

The program is a three-year residency program (yearly reappointment pending annual review). A concurrent MS degree program is also available, but not required.

Applicants for this residency must have graduated from an AVMA accredited veterinary college and have successfully completed a 1 year clinical rotating internship or equivalent practical experience.

Faculty in Support of the Program

Equine Medicine

Brett Sponseller, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Beatrice Sponseller, Dr med Vet, DABVP
Cody Alcott, DVM, board-eligible internist


Wendy Ware, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVIM (Cardiology)


Rodney Bagley, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)


Elizabeth Riedesel, DVM, DACVR
Kristina Miles, DVM, MS, DACVR


Daniel Betts, DVM, MS, DACVO
David Whitley, DVM, DACVO
Sinisa Grozdanic, DVM, PhD, DACVO

Equine Surgery

Scott McClure, DVM, PhD, DACVS
Eric Reinertson, DVM, MS
Stephanie Caston, DVM, DACVS LA
Kevin Kersh, DVM, DACVS LA
Jennifer Schleining, DVM, MS, DACVS LA

Clinical Training and Responsibilities

Residents rotate through the internal medicine clinical services and share primary emergency duties with equine interns and surgery residents. Residents will also rotate through other clinical services such as anesthesia, radiology, clinical pathology, and food animal medicine and surgery. Residents participate in clinical rounds, seminars, journal club, continuing education programs, and various section and departmental academic programs. During clinical rotations, residents are expected to engage senior students in learning opportunities and actively participate in clinical rounds and discussions.

Graduate Program

Residents may enroll in a Master of Science degree program in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, but this is not required.


• Iowa State University has an extensive health care plan that includes dental health care.

• At the present time, two days of vacation are accumulated for each working month. Vacation times are subject to scheduling demands.

• Retirement benefits are provided through the TIAA-CREF retirement program, which is fully transferable. This is an outstanding retirement package into which the university matches funds enrolled by the faculty member.

More Information

Dr. David Wong
ACVIM Residency Program Director
Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences
College of Veterinary Medicine
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011
FAX 515-294-5224