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Program Director and Resident Supervisor

Dr. Thierry Olivry

Dermatology Residency

Resident Advisors

K. Marcy Murphy, DVM, DipACVD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology

Keith E. Linder, DVM, PhD, DipACVP, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pathology


The NCSU Investigative Dermatology Residency is intended to provide advanced clinical and research training in veterinary and comparative dermatology as a formalized program of the European College of Veterinary Dermatology (ECVD). The program length is three years beginning on July 15. The salary will be US$30,000 per year + benefits (health insurance, professional liability).

The NCSU Investigative Dermatology Residency is aimed principally at the training of clinical scientists considering a career in academia. Preference will be given to individuals with a graduate degree, or considering obtaining such degree post-residency, and with a manifested interest in an academic career.

Qualifications for Application

Individuals applying for the NCSU Investigative Dermatology Residency must meet the qualifications required for candidates qualifying for board-certification by the European College of Veterinary Dermatology (ECVD):

Resident applicants must be:

•  veterinary graduates.

•  have completed a minimum one year, recognized, general clinical training programme in an academic institution or satisfactory practice equivalent.

• have a satisfactory moral and ethical standing in the profession and the community.

Training Specifics

Clinical Training

There will be more than 600 hours of clinical training over 3 years. An ECVD or ACVD-board certified dermatologist will be available at all times to supervise the resident, review diagnostic tests and therapeutic options. Consultation with specialists in other disciplines is readily available and encouraged. In the event that a resident is considered to need additional training in a particular area, rotation through other services of the veterinary teaching hospital or other institutions will be arranged.

Basic and Applied Science Training

The resident will participate in a supervised study program that will include textbooks and articles in the topics of allergy, anatomy, bacteriology, biochemistry, clinical pathology, dermatopathology, embryology, genetics, immunology, internal medicine, mycology, nutrition, oncology, parasitology, pharmacology, physiology, surgery and virology.

Dermatopathology Training

Basic knowledge regarding histologic principles, normal microscopic anatomy and basic dermatopathology will be learned through independent reading, and one-on-one and group slide reviews. Dermatopathology rounds are held weekly at a ten-headed microscope, and participants include dermatology and pathology residents, board-certified veterinary dermatologists and pathologists. Between 15 and 30 in-house and outside cases are reviewed weekly. Additionally, a comprehensive set of representative skin biopsy slides is available for review by the resident.

Internal Medicine Training

The resident will achieve a broad understanding of internal medicine including the knowledge of clinical features, pathomechanisms, diagnostic tests and their evaluation, treatment and prognosis of infectious diseases, endocrine disorders, gastrointestinal disorders, hepatic disorders, hematopoietic disorders and systemic immunologic disorders. This knowledge will be obtained through didactic teaching, weekly journal club, elective rotation for a one month block with the internal medicine service, weekly internal medicine case conferences and house officer presentations.

Research Training

The NCSU Investigative Dermatology Resident is expected to complete at least one research project involving bench work in our fully equipped immunodermatology research laboratory. Technical supervision by a research technician will be provided. Yearly, between two and three months off-clinic time will be made available to complete this project. Additionally, the resident is expected to participate in clinical research undertaken by the dermatology faculty. Instruction in writing grant proposals, analysis of data, and principles of evidence-based veterinary dermatology will be an integral part of this training.

Additional Courses

Attendance of graduate courses (biostatistics, immunology, cell biology….) could be arranged for interested individuals

Miscellaneous Requirements

Oral Presentations

The results of the research project are to be presented at one international veterinary dermatology meeting. In addition, the resident will give two additional seminars per year. The first one will be included in the house officer seminar series, where the audience includes faculty, house officers, graduate students and veterinary students. The second presentation will consist of an in-depth case discussion during one of the weekly internal medicine rounds.


The results of the research project will be published in a peer-reviewed journal. Furthermore, the resident is expected to complete and publish one evidence-based systematic review on the effectiveness and safety of treatment for a common disease.

Clinical Teaching

When on clinics, the resident will be responsible for supervising rounds with the senior veterinary students enrolled in the dermatology rotation. The resident will also participate in laboratory sessions and technical courses taught to sophomore veterinary students.

Continuing Education

The residents will be expected to attend, at least, the annual meeting of the ESVD/ECVD. In addition to this yearly meeting, the residents will be strongly encouraged to attend other veterinary and medical specialized meetings (i.e. World Congress of Veterinary Dermatology, North American Veterinary Forum, ACVIM, AAD, SID).

Current Schedule

•  Student Rounds: M: 8:00 to 9:00AM

•  Patient Receiving: M, Tu, W, F: 9:00AM to 6:00PM

•  Internal Medicine Rounds: W: 8:00 to 9:30AM

•  House Officer Seminars: Th: 8:00 to 9:00AM

•  Dermatology Journal Club: Th: 9:30 to 11AM

• Dermatopathology Rounds: Th: 11:00AM to 12:30PM



Documents to Submit

•  Letter of intent

•  Curriculum vitae

•  Three letters of recommendation

•  Official university transcripts from veterinary and postgraduate education

The completed application must be submitted to: Attn: Dermatology Residency, Student Services Office, College of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University, 4700 Hillsborough Street, Box 8401, Raleigh, NC 27606. All application materials must be in the Student Services Office by November 15, 2007. Only original documents can be accepted.

If you have special needs as addressed by the American Disabilities Act and need assistance with any portion of the application process, please notify us at the above address or telephone number as soon as possible.