SMALL ANIMAL INTERNAL MEDICINE
IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY
Objectives and Goals
This American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) residency program has been designed to provide in-depth training in small animal internal medicine and related basic and applied sciences. The program has been developed to provide residents with a comprehensive knowledge of internal medical conditions affecting small animals. Our program strives to prepare medicine residents for active careers in academia or specialty practice, and the caseload provides an excellent and broad medical experience over the three year residency which may serve to foster ventures into other careers in the health-related professions. The overall goals of the program are:
- To become familiar with internal medical diseases afflicting dogs and cats and to be able to logically correlate all clinical data in order to formulate correct treatment plans.
- To provide a firm understanding of the underlying pathophysiological basis of disease.
- To master the art and science of complete patient care and to appreciate the economic and emotional factors involved in the health care of small animals.
- To develop the art of interpersonal communications for proper colleague and client relationships.
- To allow the resident an opportunity to develop teaching skills as they participate in the educational training of veterinary students.
- To constantly pursue academic enrichment.
- To complete a residency research project, to draft the results in a manuscript suitable for publication, and to present the research findings to an audience of peers in June of the second or third year of the program.
- To provide the resident instruction and guidance in manuscript writing and submission for publication in refereed journals.
- To satisfy all requirements to sit the general and certifying examinations of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.