Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care Residency

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The Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care (SAECC) Residency is a standard three-year training program approved by the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (ACVECC). Specialties other than ACVECC in support of the program include ACVIM (internal medicine, cardiology, neurology, and oncology), ACVS, ACVAA, ACVR, ACT, ACVN, ACVO and ABVT. The small animal clinic of the University of Missouri Veterinary Health Center (MU VHC) sees approximately 17,000 cases annually. The SAECC Service supports the clinical services that manage these cases and primarily manages cases seen on emergency and transferred from other services. Nursing support for the SAECC Service includes 11 licensed veterinary technicians, 2 veterinary assistants, and a team of technician assistants, providing 24-hour intensive care unit staffing and after-hours emergency case processing. The intensive care unit houses approximately 17 cases per day and the emergency service processes an average of 17 new cases per 24-hour period. The MU VHC serves as the small animal emergency clinic for the city of Columbia and surrounding communities. The resident will rotate through day and evening shifts of the SAECC Service at the MU VHC to receive required direct and indirect ACVECC diplomate supervision. Additionally, the resident will have time for independent study, elective rotations, continuing education, and vacation, as outlined below.

The MU SAECC residency provides direct ACVECC diplomate supervision, experience in handling emergency and critical care cases, exposure to advanced critical care technology, academic training, and research and publication experience. While on in-house clinic duty at the MU VHC, the resident will work with admitting clinicians to supervise cases in the intensive care unit and will be available for in-house emergencies and new emergency presentations. In order to minimize emergency response time when on call, the resident is expected to obtain housing within a 20 minute radius of the MU VHC. The resident will conduct nightly rounds with veterinary students and the intern assigned to overnight duty. Emergency and critical care journal club/grand rounds with SAECC faculty occur every Wednesday. Over the course of 3 years, the clinical rotations will consist of 123 weeks of duty at the MU VHC and 21 weeks of electives. The remaining 12 weeks are designated as professional development time (i.e., time not assigned to clinical duty or core/elective specialty rotations during which the resident will work on research/publications or engage in other activities for professional advancement). Two weeks of vacation may be taken per year from professional development time.

The resident is expected to attend the Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care journal clubs and pertinent staff meetings. In addition, the resident is expected to attend daily specialty rounds and journal clubs with residents and faculty in other disciplines as scheduling permits. Pursuit of a Master’s of Science degree is not required, but is available, and clinical rotations are structured to allow participation in research and selected graduate courses. The resident is expected to complete at least one research project and generate at least one publication suitable for ACVECC credentials to take the board certification examination. The resident will participate in the Department of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery resident/intern seminar series by attendance at Friday seminars and presentation of one seminar per year.

Further information may be obtained by contacting the SAECC residency program director, F. A. (Tony) Mann, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS, Diplomate ACVECC at 573-882-7821 or e-mail: Applicants are also invited to contact any of the current SAECC faculty or House Officers.

Faculty – Criticalists

Professor and Director of Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care Services
Board-Certified Specialist in Veterinary Surgery
Board-Certified Specialist in Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care

Amy Molitoris, DVM
Clinical Instructor

Faculty – Emergency Doctors

Matthew Allen, DVM
Clinical Instructor

Elizabeth Easley, DVM
Clinical Instructor

Laurie Frasher, DVM
Clinical Instructor

Bryan Shedd, DVM
Clinical Instructor

Jessica Taylor, DVM
Clinical Instructor

Belinda Tedder, DVM
Clinical Instructor

Jerry Toporis, DVM
Clinical Instructor

*University Benefits are included with salary; Educational assistance for graduate students is available; 10 days’ paid vacation/year; and $1250.00 annual professional development account assuming continued financial health of the VHC.

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