Mississippi State University- Ophthalmology Specialty Intern Position 2018-2019

The ophthalmology program at Mississippi State University is excited to offer a 1-year ophthalmology internship training program beginning July 2, 2018 and ending on June 30, 2018. The objectives of this internship are to provide a non-degree, advanced clinical training program in companion animal ophthalmology. This program will allow veterinarians to expand their ophthalmic knowledge base and clinical skills in preparation for further training in an ophthalmology residency. A grant proposal and/or clinical research project will be encouraged, but are not required.


Candidates must be highly motivated and have previously completed a one-year rotating internship or its equivalent in practice experience (3 years).

Candidates must have graduated from an AVMA accredited College of Veterinary Medicine and must have passed the NAVLE prior to the start date of the internship.

General Information

Mississippi State University is located in Starkville, Mississippi. Starkville is a community of approximately 25,000 residents and MSUís enrollment is about 20,000 students per year. The Collegeís Veterinary Teaching Hospital provides outpatient and hospital accommodations for the medical and surgical treatment of companion animals. Complete clinical, diagnostic, and pathologic facilities permit the intensive diagnostics and care for hospital patients, and our hospital is adequately staffed with specialists in many veterinary specialties including surgery (equine and small animal), internal medicine (equine and small animal), neurology, dermatology, anesthesia, diagnostic imaging, anatomic and clinical pathology, radiology, theriogenology, and critical care. The ophthalmology department at Mississippi State University includes 1 full-time ophthalmology faculty member and 1 full-time technologist. Ophthalmology has a busy caseload that includes a large equine component. Applicants must be comfortable handling and treating horses although case management is shared with the equine medicine and surgery services. We work closely with other small animal services in the hospital, such as internal medicine, small animal surgery, and neurology. The intern will spend his or her time working on the ophthalmology service in the veterinary teaching hospital and at a satellite clinic that is 4 miles away, Veterinary Specialty Center (VSC). This location allows for a quick-paced private practice atmosphere while maintaining the benefits of working at a teaching institution. A state of the art 64 slice helical CT scanner and 3Tesla MRI, as well as radiation therapy are available at this location. The ophthalmology service, in general, spends about half of the week at VSC. All clinical duties of the intern (at VSC or the teaching hospital) will be conducted under direct supervision of the ophthalmologist and will include diagnosing and treating companion animals with ocular disease, managing inpatients, providing consultations for doctors from other hospital services and surrounding general practices, and contributing to the education of 3rd and 4th year veterinary students working in the teaching hospital and at VSC. Surgical duties include various adnexal surgeries, enucleations, and other surgery deemed appropriate for the internís level of training. It is anticipated that as the program progresses, the intern will require less supervision and ultimately be capable of independently delivering ophthalmic care. However, even this independent ophthalmic care will be conducted with consultation and input from the faculty ophthalmologist. Once the training has progressed to a level deemed to be adequate by the faculty ophthalmologist, the intern will participate in emergency duty to back up the small animal and equine rotating interns. While ophthalmology interns do not have primary emergency responsibilities, they are expected to see patients of the ophthalmology service presenting after-hours on emergency, as well as provide back-up for the emergency/critical care service on any other after-hours ophthalmology cases. This duty is supported and shared by the ophthalmology faculty member.

The ophthalmology intern will participate in patient rounds daily with the students and faculty ophthalmologist. As the internship progresses, the ophthalmology intern will have more responsibilities regarding patient rounds. Journal/literature club is held three times a month. Ocular histopathology rounds are held monthly with board-certified pathologists. The ophthalmology intern is expected to attend and participate in these rounds to expand their knowledge base. The intern will also be strongly encouraged to attend the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists annual meeting and will be given time off, but financial assistance to attend this meeting will not be available. A presentation to peers, students, and faculty must be given at the conclusion of the internship.

Vacation, Compensation, Fees, and University Requirements

Salary: $24,000

Professional liability insurance: Required, but cost will be covered by MSU-CVM

Benefits: Standard university employee health and retirement package is available; please visit www.msstate.edu for more information

Vacation: Accrued per pay period to equal 10 days of paid vacation time.

Candidate must be eligible for licensure in the state of Mississippi. The costs for licensure will be covered by MSU-CVM.

Application Process

Mississippi State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status in its programs or activities.

Application Requirements

A curriculum vitae (including cumulative GPA and class rank), cover letter (personal statement), and 3-4 letters of reference (these letters should be sent directly by the letter writer)should be delivered by email or mail to the ophthalmology service by December 11, 2017. The position will be filled by February 12, 2018 (shortly after VIRMP results are announced) or when a suitable candidate is found.

If chosen for the position, a transcript will be required, but is not required for the application.

An interview is not required, but a visit is welcomed and a phone or skype interview could be arranged for interested parties.

Questions about the program should be directed to:

Caroline Betbeze DVM, MS, Diplomate, ACVO

Applications and letters of reference should be sent via email to:


By Mail:
Mississippi State University
College of Veterinary Medicine
Department of Clinical Sciences
Attn: Caroline Betbeze
PO Box 6100
Mississippi State, MS 39762