Soft Tissue Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship | University of Florida

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The Soft Tissue Minimally Invasive Surgery Service at University of Florida is offering an ACVS Fellowship in Soft Tissue Minimally Invasive Surgery. The training program is designed for veterinarians who have completed a 3-year ACVS approved residency in small animal surgery. The 52-week appointment will consist of 41 weeks of clinic duties, with up to 8 weeks off to study for ACVS boards, a 1 week out rotation and 2 weeks for vacation.

The UF Small Animal Hospital enterprise spans three locations, over 20 specialty services, 90 small animal clinicians, 86 small animal house officers, 427 clinical support staff (346 support the small animal operations) and 63,847 small animal patients in FY23. The small animal hospital in Gainesville is a Level 1 Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Society (VECCS) certified facility. The UFVH has a $54.6M annual operating budget. The UFVH supports a growing Clinical Trials program and an integrated Patient Quality and Safety program. The Soft Tissue Minimally Invasive Surgery Service is comprised of a team of board-certified veterinarians specialized in Soft Tissue Minimally Invasive Surgery (3-4 faculty clinicians), 9 surgery residents, 1 surgical intern). The Soft Tissue Minimally Invasive Surgery Service sees over 1,300 cases per year.

The College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) is part of the UF Health Science Center, which includes five other health-related colleges (Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and Public Health & Health Professions) and is one of only three academic health centers in the nation where all six health-related colleges are located on a single campus. In addition to the college’s health center affiliation, the UF CVM is aligned strategically with the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and has strong ties with the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. Together, these alliances create opportunities for vibrant research collaborations that are fostered through campus-wide research institutes and centers, including the Breathing Research and Therapeutic Center, The McKnight Brain Institute, Clinical Translational Science Institute, the Center for Environmental and Human Toxicology, the One Health Center of Excellence,  Artificial Intelligence, and many others. The UF Veterinary Hospitals bring additional opportunities for clinical/translational research through a diverse and robust caseload of small, large, and exotic animal patients each year.  CVM faculty are actively engaged in cross-disciplinary research programs which contribute in part to UF’s consistent ranking among the nation’s top ten public universities according to US News & World Report.  The campus is in Gainesville, a vibrant and growing community that has numerous cultural amenities in a setting with great natural beauty (see http://www.visitgainesville.com/arts-culture-history/).  

Gainesville is located in north central Florida, but a short drive from the major cultural centers in north and central Florida (Jacksonville, Orlando and Tampa). It is a dynamic and versatile university community with excellent school and health care systems and a multitude of nearby recreational opportunities. There are many opportunities for outdoor recreation including close proximity to beautiful beaches, Gulf Coast fishing towns, crystal clear warm water springs and unique wildlife.

The requirements for applicants are a DVM and completion of a 3-year Surgery Residency Program (approved by either ACVS or ECVS). The fellow will be responsible to keep a surgery log with all the cases they manage during that year. The Soft Tissue Minimally Invasive Surgery Service routinely performs a variety of minimally invasive and interventional surgical procedures using state of the art endoscopy and interventional radiology equipment. There are two endoscopic surgery suites with Karl Storz surgical towers and a host of electrosurgical devices (e.g. bioplar and ultrasonic vessel sealers, microwave ablation, etc). Additionally, a dedicated catheter laboratory with a brand-new Phillips, Azurion 7 fluroscopy unit is used for interventional procedures i.e. intrahepatic portosystemic shunt embolization. UF Soft Tissue Minimally Invasive Surgery performs an average of 15-20 surgeries/week (>900/year), 30-40% of these being considered advanced procedures.

The Fellow position salary is $65,000 per year. The successful applicant will be hired into an Adjunct Lecturer position. Additional non-salary support is provided to ensure trainee’s success including coverage for ACVS fellowship fees and conference travel. For full consideration, a current curriculum vitae, letter of intent and names of three individuals willing to write in support of the applicant. The letters of recommendation should be from individuals that can speak to all aspects of a candidate’s abilities based on the above job description. Application materials must be sent electronically to Dr. Case at caseb@ufl.edu by February 1, 2024. The proposed starting date is on or about July 29th, 2024.   Review of applications will begin immediately. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions regarding the program via email.

Final candidates will be required to provide official transcript to the hiring department upon hire.  A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible.  Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at http://www.naces.org/.

The University of Florida is An Equal Employment Opportunity Institution. If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352/392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800/955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida’s Sunshine Law.