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Residency: Clinical Animal Behavior

This 3-year residency provides clinical experiences, research opportunities, and didactic learning leading to qualification for board-certification by the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists (ACVB), while contributing to the teaching program at NC State  Veterinary Medicine.


This program provides intensive training in behavioral therapy including major responsibility for patient care. The resident will spend the majority of his/her time seeing small animal clinical cases in the Animal Behavior Clinic of the NCSU-CVM Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Diagnosis and treatment of behavior issues in dogs and cats will be emphasized. Training will also include evaluation and management of the behavior of laboratory animals, horses, food animals, pet birds and other exotics.

In addition to clinical service, the resident will participate in clinical rounds, teaching, and relevant seminars, and will complete at least one research project. Depending on the educational needs of the individual resident, opportunity will be provided to attend didactic graduate-level courses on topics relevant to veterinary behavior.

Leadership and Faculty


This residency participates in the American Association of Veterinary Clinicians’ (AAVC) Veterinary Internship and Residency Matching Program (VIRMP) when a position is available.

Requirements are DVM/VMD or equivalent degree from an accredited veterinary institution and completion of a one-year internship or general veterinary medicine practice equivalent. A good academic record will be favorably considered (GPA>3.0/4.0). Three letters of recommendation are required, preferably from board-certified veterinarians.


Information for International Applicants

Preference is given to applicants who have graduated from a college that is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association. If you wish to apply for an internship or residency program things to keep in mind:

  1. Have your degree translated and evaluated by a reputable company. Options include: Josef Silny & AssociatesTrustforte Corporation, and World Education Services
  2. Some programs require the TOFEL exam to qualify for a internship or residency position.
  3. Most foreign interns and residents are appointed to H-1B visas.
  4. To ensure that a foreign national candidate has the H-1B visa at the start of their program the candidate will be asked to pay for the premium processing filing fee of $1,225 USD, if necessary.
  5. Getting a visa takes between 4 and 6 months if the visa is expedited it takes approximately 15 business days.
  6. Take the initial steps and apply for The Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG) certification program is accepted by all state veterinary regulatory boards and the federal government as meeting, either in part or full, the educational prerequisite for licensure or certain types of employment, respectively.