Veterinary Pharmacy Resident Program

**Applications will be accepted starting October 1, 2020,
for the July 2021 to July 2022 residency program.
The deadline for applications is December 31, 2020.**

The Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVMBS) and the Texas A&M Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy in College Station, TX are offering a one-year residency program in Veterinary Clinical Pharmacy Practice.

The Veterinary Pharmacy Resident will:

  • obtain postdoctoral training in veterinary clinical pharmacy and therapeutics,
  • build a working knowledge and skill set,
  • design and conduct a clinical research project,
  • develop leadership, teaching, and practice management skills,
  • provide pharmacy services to the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital in both the Large and Small Animal Hospital, in the pharmacy, and on the clinic floors, and
  • complete an academic training program conducted in coordination with the College of Pharmacy.

Objectives

The program is designed to develop the following competencies:

  • Veterinary pharmacology and therapeutics
  • Clinical research
  • Leadership
  • Veterinary drug regulations
  • Compounding
  • Practice management
  • Antimicrobial stewardship
  • Teaching, Education, and Dissemination of Knowledge
  • Drug information

Overview

The resident should have:

  • strong knowledge of medications and problem-solving skills,
  • the ability to multi-task and work cooperatively with others,
  • the ability to work independently,
  • be proficient in pharmacy calculations, aseptic technique, ability, and
  • have a desire to teach.

The VMTH Pharmacy is not a licensed pharmacy and so a Texas pharmacy license is not required.

The program is divided longitudinally into different areas:

  • pharmacy operations (20%),
  • clinical pharmacy (45%),
  • teaching (20%),
  • research (10%), and
  • other (5%).

Pharmacy Operations

Pharmacy operations will include:

  • non-sterile and sterile compounding,
  • drug therapy problem resolution, and
  • drug information services. 

Clinical Pharmacy

The resident will spend much of their time rotating with the clinical specialty services of the hospitals. 

The required rotations are:

  • Small & Large Internal Medicine,
  • Food Animal Medicine & Surgery,
  • ER/ICU,
  • Dermatology,
  • Anesthesia,
  • Surgery,
  • Oncology,
  • Cardiology, and
  • Primary Care. 

Teaching

The teaching aspect will include 2VM and 3VM classes throughout the year, pharmacy and veterinary student mentorship, and staff development. 

Research

The research will be based on the resident’s interest with a variety of tools to pull from in both colleges. 

Practice Management

Lastly, the resident will spend time with Hospital Administration and Infection Control to fulfill the practice management objectives.

Certification

After completing the residency, the resident will be eligible for certification by the Society of Veterinary Hospital Pharmacists (SVHP) as a Diplomate of the International College of Veterinary Pharmacy (DICVP).  

Application Packet

  • Personal statement of intent
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Three standardized letters of reference

Email applications to Amy Savarino.  
Applications are due by December 31, 2020.

Contact Information

Amy Savarino, Pharm D., DICVP | Chief Pharmacist
Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital
Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
500 Raymond Stotzer Parkway | College Station, TX 77845-4457
Tel: 979.845.9116 | Email: asavarino@cvm.tamu.edu