This unique surgical residency allows students the opportunity to be exposed to a busy private practice while still acquiring the necessary traditional education provided by a university residency, such as didactics, access to research programs, and cutting-edge technologies not available in private practice.

As of 2015, WestVet has offered a surgical residency in collaboration with Washington State University. We currently offer 4 residency positions; each resident rotates through the WestVet surgical service 10-12 weeks per year. Between the two institutions, 8 board-certified surgeons support the program.

Please note, this program requires that an MS be completed. While rotating in Boise, WestVet will provide no-cost housing (pets allowed) and reimbursement for travel expenses. An Idaho veterinary license, Idaho pharmacy license, and DEA license are all required to practice in the state of Idaho, these additional expenses are reimbursed to the resident.


WestVet’s surgery department sees a wide variety of orthopedic, soft tissue, and neurosurgical cases:

  • Approximately 1000 surgeries are performed annually, with about 60% of the caseload made up of orthopedic cases that include fracture fixation, arthroscopy, TPLO, TTA, total hip replacement, canine unicompartmental elbow (CUE), correction of angular limb deformities, among other routine procedures.
  • Soft tissue and neurosurgical cases comprise approximately 20% of the caseload each; procedures include an array of abdominal and thoracic surgery, as well as surgical oncology.
  • Fluoroscopic-guided, minimally invasive repair is also performed.
  • Laparoscopic and thoracoscopic procedures are routinely performed.
  • Common neurosurgical procedures include hemilaminectomy, ventral slot, cervical stabilization and lumbosacral stabilization.
  • WestVet’s surgery department has also partnered with national and international corporations in clinical research and product development.

Additional specialty departments that the resident will work closely with include internal medicine, oncology, and emergency/critical care. Our radiology and diagnostic services are equipped with digital radiography, a 16-slice CT, MRI, fluoroscopy, and ultrasonography.

A unique feature of the private practice residency at WestVet is the association with WestVet Diagnostic Laboratory, a full-service reference lab that employs a full-time clinical pathologist and a full-time anatomic pathologist. In addition, the laboratory is located on site, allowing for rapid turnaround of diagnostics tests and immediate consultation.

If you are interested in applying for the surgical residency, more information can be found on the Veterinary Internship and Residency Matching Program (VIRMP) website.

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This