Our program is thoughtfully designed to advance existing skills and prepare veterinarians for an exciting and rewarding career in emergency medicine.
The Ethos Veterinary Emergency Training (E-VET) Program Background
The E-VET program is designed to provide training and mentorship for veterinarians looking to excel in the field of emergency medicine. The curriculum has been designed around core competencies identified as essential for an emergency veterinarian based on iterative surveys of ER doctors and criticalists and research by a veterinary educational design team.
E-VET is different from other programs in the following key ways
- Competency based training
- Holistic training that includes communication, professionalism, and teamwork
- Hybrid training approach incorporating simulation-based didactic components and interactive online learning tools
- Mastery standards and tracking of proficiency in skills and case management
- Training at a busy tertiary specialty level hospital supported by a team of specialists
The E-VET learning App, one of the interactive online learning tools, provides users with clinically relevant information, then presents users with a series of questions pertaining to case management. The intention is to ensure that participants acquire the cognitive skills that will prepare them for case management. This app provides trainees with a “just in time” learning tool as specific types of cases are entering the hospital to ensure that they are prepared for the procedural and treatment protocols. In addition to clinical aptitude, the program focuses on communication skills, professional skills, and life/work balance.
Meet the Team:
Drs. Annie Wayne and Ali Pivoda have implemented and will be running the program. Together, they are excited to help to continue to develop and implement the framework developed by Drs. Julie Noyes and Sam Stewart. Drs. Wayne and Pivoda are committed to creating a positive mentorship program that is rich in constructive feedback and grows doctors into excellent and happy ER clinicians. In addition, Christina Malloy, a full time licensed clinical social worker, will provide support and wellness programing to E-VET trainees throughout the program.
Dr. Wayne completed her DVM/MPH at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University in 2011 and then completed a rotating internship and Emergency and Critical Care (ECC) residency at Angell Animal Medical Center. She joined the faculty at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University in 2016. During her tenure, she expanded and further developed communications curriculum for veterinary students in addition to training students, interns and residents on the floor and doing research in the areas of antimicrobial stewardship and the intersection of veterinary training and family planning. In 2021, she joined the Ethos team as the director of E-VET. Dr. Wayne is energized by mentoring students, interns and residents and particularly loves helping new doctors transition from students to competent doctors.
Dr. Pivoda earned her BVMS at the University of Glasgow, Scotland in 2012, then completed a rotating internship at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital. She stayed on at Red Bank as an ER clinician before joining the team at Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital in 2015. Dr. Pivoda is eager to mentor doctors through a program that will bring distinction to the field of emergency medicine, with focus on confidence, career longevity, and quality of life.
Christina Malloy is a full time licensed clinical social worker who has been at Mass Vet since 2018 where she helps both clients and staff. In her role at Mass Vet, Christina can help facilitate difficult conversations with clients around end-of-life decision making, new diagnoses, pet loss, and emotional discussions about patient care. In the E-Vet program, Christina can help trainees further develop their skills in these areas as well as develop wellness skills crucial to a career in veterinary medicine. Christina can help trainees develop healthy work-life boundaries, self-care routines, coordinate mental health resources, and provide individual emotional support.
In recognition of the fact that people learn in different ways, our program ensures the trainee have access to a variety of different learning tools. Trainees will have access to all the training modules in the Vetbloom learning site, and will be expected to participate in weekly topic rounds, monthly journal club, assigned book chapter readings, hands on procedure labs, morbidity/mortality rounds, grand rounds – presentations, and attend conferences (IVECCS, ACVIM).
Clinical Trials: Ethos has numerous ongoing clinical trials. While it is unlikely that trainees will have time to design and conduct their own prospective clinical trials during the course of the training program, there are services available within Ethos to aid trainees in the design and planning of trials for interested individuals. There is also the opportunity and support for trainees to conduct retrospective studies and to write review articles.
Surgical Experience: All trainees are encouraged to get hands on surgical experience; however, this is not a requirement of the program beyond familiarity with the procedures and when they are indicated. Individuals with surgical interest will be provided ample opportunities to both assist and perform surgical procedures under the supervision of the program mentors or a Board-certified Surgeon.
Rotations in other departments: 20% of training time is spent with specialty departments in the hospital in addition to the various ER rotations. You will never be alone on a shift.
Training and Contract Agreement
The 9-month program features rolling start and end dates. It takes place at Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital in Woburn, MA, a suburb north of Boston, and at Premier Veterinary Group in Chicago, IL. Following the program, trainees transfer to an Ethos hospital where they will receive continued mentorship and work an additional 2 years per the contract agreement. Some E-VET training positions are reserved for applicants willing to sign with high-need hospitals upon completion of training.
Check out the video below to learn more from our program leaders: