Residency Position Small Animal Track


Department of Morphology, Imaging, Orthopedics, Rehabilitation and Nutrition (DI11)


Residency Training Programme in Small Animal Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation


The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Ghent University offers a position for a residency of the European College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (Small Animals)


Start: 1 October, 2022; deadline for application: 15 Juli 2022


The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Ghent University is an academic teaching institution with facilities for research and animal care. The hospital has an impressive and varied case load, board-certified specialists in various disciplines, state-of-the-art equipment and high-quality supporting services. The residency position is a standard 3-year programme designed to provide advanced clinical training in Small Animals Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, which should permit the resident to achieve the requirements for board certification established by the ECVSMR.


The majority of the residency will be spent in canine sports medicine / orthopaedics / rehabilitation, in a team of 2 ECVSMR Diplomates and 2 senior residents. There is also a team of veterinary assistants that support the daily work in the rehabilitation unit. Additional rotations in Small animal surgery, diagnostic imaging, neurology and internal medicine, as well as a rotation in equine Sports Medicine are previewed. Daily rounds, regular journal clubs and limited participation in emergency duties including nights and weekends are part of the programme.
The position also requires involvement in practical education of veterinary students and interns. The resident is expected to perform clinical work and research in order to comply with the presentation and publication requirements of the College; publications should be submitted to a refereed journal prior to completion of the residency.


Applicants are expected to have substantial experience in clinical veterinary medicine. Only applicants who are a veterinary graduate of an EAEVE-approved veterinary school and are licensed or eligible to practice veterinary medicine in Belgium can be accepted for the programme; moreover, they should preferably have successfully completed a one-year rotating internship or at least have spent two years in practice gaining clinical experience and skills equivalent to an internship in accordance with EBVS guidelines. Candidates are expected to function well in a team, be organized, flexible, and forward-thinking. Applicants should have a good level of English language; knowledge of Dutch or French is not essential but would be advantageous to effectively communicate with clients, students and referring veterinarians. Basic written and spoken command of Dutch and French would be expected after the first year of residency training. More general information regarding an ECVSMR residency training programme can be
found online (https://www.ecvsmr.org/certification/residency-programs)  and in the ECVSMR Policies and Procedures (https://www.ecvsmr.org/documents-forms/).


Appointments will be made for 12 months, with annual renewal based on satisfactory completion of the previous year. Applications should be submitted to both Yves Samoy (yves.samoy@UGent.be) and Bernadette Van Ryssen (Bernadette.vanryssen@ugent.be) and include a letter of intent, curriculum vitae, documentation of veterinary licensing, certificates (internship, language tests) and contact information of two references. There is no reimbursement of expenses generated by the interview of the candidate.


Do not hesitate to contact me if you need further information.


With kind regards,


Yves Samoy
European Specialist in Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation