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VPHPM Residency Overview

The veterinary preventive medicine and public health (VPHPM) residency is a two-year program designed for early- to mid-career veterinarians.  

  • VPHPM residents are hired at a 75 percent appointment to the University; approximately 10 hours per week is available for master of public health (MPH) coursework
  • The appointment includes both health insurance and tuition benefits 
  • Residents are assigned to an array of teaching, research, and service projects

Mentoring is a critical component of the program. The residency directors assigns a mentor to each in-coming resident. The mentor provides guidance to the student throughout his or her residency. VPHPM residents pursuing MPH degrees will also receive an MPH academic advisor which may or may not be the same person as their mentor. The academic advisor provides MPH-specific guidance (e.g., coursework selection, approval of class schedules, field experiences, and MPH research project plans). Residents meet regularly with their mentors and the resident supervisor to obtain feedback on their performance. In addition, residents meet on a semi-annual basis with the residency director to review their competency matrices and discuss their residency project work. These meetings are intended to assure that the resident is gaining the broadest public health experiences while achieving the requisite veterinary public health skills and competencies.

Dr. Tim Goldsmith and Dr. Larissa Minicucci serve as the residency directors. They have overall responsibility for the residents including the coordination of workload assignments and ensuring that all the VPHPM resident projects have faculty leadership and oversight.  

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