Clinical Nutrition Residency Program

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The College of Veterinary Medicine is pleased to announce its Clinical Nutrition Residency program. This position is a two-year program based in the Veterinary Health Center of the College of Veterinary Medicine at University of Missouri. This position is supported by the Nestle Purina Endowed Program in Small Animal Nutrition and mentored by a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Nutrition (ACVN). The residency provides veterinary post-graduate training emphasizing small animal clinical nutrition. The residency is designed to prepare veterinarians with at least 1-year of clinical experience for diplomate certification in the ACVN, Small Animal Track. Completion of the residency will partially fulfill the requirements for diplomate certification pending registration with the ACVN 120 days before start of the residency (view details here). Residency activities include clinical service, involvement in teaching and research, and engaging in educational opportunities; which depending on interest may be pursuit of Master’s or PhD degrees at the University of Missouri. The residency may be restructured to accommodate advanced degree training. Clinical service principally will be supervised completion of nutrition consultation requests for non-exotic, non-avian species which will variably include diet formulation and guidance on enteral and parenteral feeding modalities. The resident will attend and contribute to case rounds and departmental seminars. Teaching expectations will be assistance with nutrition instruction of students in clinical rotations and in lectures and laboratories in pre-clinical courses. Research activities will be primarily focused on original research suited for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. The research will be appropriate to meet the resident’s program goals including the research requirement for certification by the ACVN. Presentation of research findings at a national or international scientific meeting is encouraged and will be supported. Professional development funds will be made available for attending off-site continuing education presentations upon advisor approval and assuming continual financial health of the VHC. At the end of the first year and, depending on the resident’s program, each year thereafter, continuation of the residency must be approved by the residency committee. Further information may be obtained by calling Dr. Robert Backus, Associate Professor, Director of the Nestle Purina Endowed Program in Small Animal Nutrition, at (573) 882-7821 or

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