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Clinical Veterinary Pharmacy Residency

Program Coordinator

Gigi Davidson-Director of Clinical Pharmacy Services
Phone: 919.513.6575

Program Description

NC State University College of Veterinary Medicine is offering a one year residency position to a qualified applicant. Qualifications include graduation from an accredited College of Pharmacy and current North Carolina Pharmacy licensure in good standing.  The pharmacy department at NC State College of Veterinary Medicine is a licensed pharmacy practice with the North Carolina Board of Pharmacy and is fully compliant with all state and federal regulations.

The goal of this residency is to prepare the candidate for eligibility and certification by the Society of Veterinary Hospital Pharmacists (SVHP) as a Diplomate of the International College of Veterinary Pharmacy.  The perspective resident will spend the majority of their time in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital under the supervision of Board Certified Veterinary Clinical Pharmacists.  The resident will spend 50% of their time in clinical practice activities, participating and leading clinical rounds in small and large animal clinics and performing drug utilization review on hospitalized patients. The resident will spend at least two weeks each in the subspecialty areas of soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, internal medicine, behavior medicine, cardiology, dermatology, neurology, oncology and ophthalmology, as well as other specialty services as available. The remaining 50% commitment will be in the clinical pharmacy or clinical pharmacology laboratory providing drug information, mentoring pharmacy externs, compounding,  and performing drug utilization review on medication profiles for hospitalized patients.  The resident will also be actively involved in developing, implementing, administering and monitoring investigational drug studies.  Time will also be spent in the Pharmacology Laboratory at the NCSU – CVM learning basic analytical techniques (HPLC) or in vitro assess to assess drug potency and stability.   Throughout the residency the Clinical Pharmacy Resident will accumulate a working knowledge of Veterinary Pharmacy legal and regulatory processes at the CVM and external sites such and veterinary pharmaceutical companies, NC Board of Pharmacy/veterinary Medical Board, the Food and Drug Administration and the United States Pharmacopeia.

Participation in weekly rounds with both large and small animal services is required. Mentoring rotating pharmacy students, conducting clinical pharmacy rounds and a monthly journal club is required.  A research project is also required. The topic is flexible depending on the resident’s interests.  The results will be written for submission to a peer review journal and presented at the House Officer’s Seminar Series.  The resident is also expected to present results at the annual meeting of the Society of Veterinary Hospital Pharmacists.

NC State University is in close proximity to two other major universities (Duke University and the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill) and the Research Triangle Park, which includes multiple government agencies, non-profit institutes, biotechnology and large pharmaceutical companies. The quality of life in the Triangle communities of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill is among the highest in the country with a rich variety of cultural activities, sporting events, and outdoor recreational opportunities.


Gigi Davidson, BSPh, DICVP- Director of Clinical Pharmacy Services

Mark Papich - Professor Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics

Steve Marks - Professor Internal Medicine and Emergency and Critical Care

Jennifer Davis - Assistant Professor Large Animal Internal Medicine, Clinical Pharmacology  and Therapeutics