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Medical Oncology Residency Program

The Medical Oncology Residency Program at the Colorado State University (CSU) Veterinary Teaching Hospital provides specialty training in medical oncology for veterinarians. This highly competitive, ACVIM accredited program is designed to provide advanced training in clinical oncology and cancer biology, and is combined with a Master’s degree in Clinical Sciences. Residents receive training under the direction of the medical, surgical and radiation oncology specialists at the CSU Animal Cancer Center.

There is both a 2 year and a 3 year residency program available.  The two year program is available for veterinarians who have completed an oncology related Ph.D. program and the 3 year program is available for veterinarians who have completed veterinary school and an internship.

Residents are expected to attend and contribute to resident/graduate seminars during the school year. Additionally, two publications are required from the resident in the area of his/her special interest. The resident's training program is individualized through the guidance of a faculty advisor and graduate advisory committee. Appointments are renewable on a yearly basis, dependent on an annual review of the resident's progress in the training program. Yearly duties vary but generally include 9-11 months of clinic duty on oncology and related rotations under the direction of board certified specialists and 1 to 3 months off clinics for mentored laboratory research and to study for boards.  Residents are expected to provide out of hours emergency service on a rotational basis with other small animal medicine residents. The training program will focus on a comprehensive approach for the treatment of cancer in domestic animals. The oncology unit is unique in that medicine, surgery and radiation therapy are available and are taught simultaneously.

The CSU Animal Cancer Center  includes examination rooms, state-of-the-art research laboratories, a special multipurpose training and lecture room, tumor tissue processing and archiving, MRI, CT and nuclear medicine capabilities and a new Varian Trilogy Linear Accelerator which is not available at any other veterinary institution. The Animal Cancer Center comprises over 60 people of which 7 senior faculty, 4 to 5 residents, 2 post-doctoral fellows, and 10 nurses/technicians to provide clinical services.

If you are interested, please visit the available Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine Medical Oncology Residency Programs.

Additional information on the matching program can be located at the American Association of Veterinary Clinicians Veterinary Internship and Residency Matching Programs.