Residency and Internship Programs

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The Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine offers post-DVM students the opportunity to further their veterinary skills through internship and residency programs.

Residencies, designed to provide advanced training and to satisfy requirements for certification as specialists, are offered in a variety of clinical areas by the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences (VCS). Successful completion of an internship or equivalent practice experience is required prior to admission in a residency program. A residency consists of three years of clinical study, research, teaching, and formal coursework. It is designed to provide the resident with an intensive clinical experience under the guidance of the clinical faculty. In conjunction with the residency program, a graduate degree or clinical investigator program must be pursued. Refer to each specialty for specific requirements and opportunities.

VCS maintains residencies in the following: anesthesiology, cardiology, comparative oncology, comparative ophthalmology, diagnostic imaging, emergency and critical care, large animal internal medicine, large animal surgery, neurology, radiation oncology, small animal internal medicine, and small animal surgery.

Internships are offered by the Purdue University Veterinary Hospital and are a 12 1/2-month clinical program providing advanced training in medicine and surgery. The program is designed to qualify the individual for entry into an approved residency program leading to board certification in a recognized veterinary specialty.


2022-2025 Programs

Small Animal Residencies

  • Anesthesiology

  • Cardiology

  • Comparative Oncology

  • Diagnostic Imaging*(not through VIRMP, see below description)

  • Emergency Critical Care

  • Neurology/Neurosurgery

  • Small Animal Internal Medicine

  • Small Animal Surgery

Large Animal Residencies

  • Large Animal Internal Medicine

  • Large Animal Surgery



  • Large Animal rotating Internship

  • Small Animal Rotating Internship

  • Small Animal Rotating Internship, Diversity

Small Animal Residencies

Diagnostic ImaginG

The Diagnostic Imaging Residency at Purdue University is a four-year commitment with a three-year residency program (out of VIRMP) that is designed to provide advanced training in Diagnostic Imaging and to satisfy the American College of Veterinary Radiology (ACVR) residency requirements. At the end of the three-year residency the position will transition to a one year Visiting Assistant Professor position (July 2026-2027). Individuals interested in pursuing an academic career are encouraged to apply.

The applicant must possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills and a demonstrated ability to work with others in a collegial team atmosphere. A veterinary degree and interest in advanced training in diagnostic imaging is required. A completed rotating internship in small or large animal medicine/surgery or equivalent experience is required. Please email your application (letter of intent + CV +academic transcript + 3 referee letters) to Jessica Mabbitt at The closing date for submitting the application is October 31, 2022. The faculty will review your completed application and will then determine whether a virtual interview will be arranged by November 11, 2022. Virtual interviews are mandatory for shortlisted candidates. Interview dates will be from Nov 28 – Dec 2, 2022.

Residents rotate between the radiology, ultrasound and advanced imaging services in accordance with ACVR requirements.  Residents evaluate images under the direct supervision of faculty.  Daily faculty backup will be present during these times and dictated reports will be evaluated by these faculties. The residents will be compensated for after-hours emergency cases.  Periods of off-clinic time will be assigned according to residency program. Applicant is required to pursue a Master’s degree graduate program as well as study for the qualifying examination of the ACVR. Diagnostic Imaging residents will participate in known case conference rounds, diagnostic imaging journal club, and daily diagnostic imaging rounds. Diagnostic Imaging residents will have opportunities to attend conferences related to the field of diagnostic imaging. A full description of the residency program and a more specific breakdown of clinical duties is located on the ACVR website ( Employment is on an annual basis, with continuation in the program dependent upon favorable periodic evaluations.

The diagnostic imaging section at Purdue University currently employs two full time board-certified radiologists. All radiologists have training in all modalities and diverse research interests. The section also employs four veterinary technicians with training in diagnostic imaging, two of which are specialty certified, and one certified MRI/CT technician. The section currently has three small animal DR rooms, large animal DR room, a 64 slice CT scanner, a digital fluoroscope, 2 ultrasound machines, a gamma camera for nuclear imaging and a 1.5T MRI scanner.

Purdue University is one of the nation’s leading land grant universities with a full range of academic majors. It is located in Tippecanoe County, which consists of more than 195,000 residents and includes both West Lafayette and Lafayette, Indiana. Situated conveniently between Indianapolis and Chicago, it is a community that includes over 40 parks and trails, high-tech corporations, affordable housing, and numerous opportunities for shopping, dining, arts, and festivals.

The new Purdue University Veterinary Hospital encompasses 162,500 square feet, the new David and Bonnie Brunner Purdue Veterinary Medical Hospital Complex includes three components located just east of the existing Lynn Hall of Veterinary Medicine:

  • The David and Bonnie Brunner Small Animal Hospital (adding 65,000 square feet to the existing small animal hospital facilities in Lynn Hall)
  • The David and Bonnie Brunner Equine Hospital
  • The David and Bonnie Brunner Farm Animal Hospital

In addition to clinical training and responsibilities, residents will have the opportunity to develop clinical research techniques, writing skills and lecture preparation/delivery skills.  Involvement in a clinical, translational, or fundamental research project under the supervision of a faculty member is required.  Publication of the research findings in a refereed scientific journal is expected, and the manuscript must be accepted for publication before a residency certificate will be granted.  Residents are expected to present one seminar each year to the department and may also be required to present a small number of didactic lectures. Residents are expected to participate in the clinical teaching of interns, veterinary students and veterinary technician students and a commitment to further development of their teaching skills is expected. 

For additional information, contact Dr. Fulkerson, DVM, MS, DACVR

The College of Veterinary Medicine at Purdue University values, nurtures and respects all members of its community and ensures an environment of inclusive excellence where all students, faculty and staff and inspired and empowered to achieve their full potential. Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply. 


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