Dr. Pedro Bento is a small animal veterinary internist currently working in private practice in a multi-specialty practice in Massachusetts. He obtained his DVM from Escola Universitaria Vasco da Gama (College of Veterinary Medicine) in Portugal in 2008. After a year in private practice, he moved to the United States to complete an internship at Washington State University. Dr. Bento did not match for a residency the first year he tried so he spent the year at Washington State University serving as a Community Practice Clinician. In 2012, he moved to NY to complete a Small Animal Internal Medicine residency at Cornell University and achieved board certification through the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2015. He joined the Internal Medicine department at Michigan State University (MSU) as an Assistant Professor for one year, then moved on to work at a private practice in New York, and after that to the practice in Massachusetts where he currently practices. He is a former member of the ACVIM rating committee for the General exam, and is currently a member of the ACVIM rating committee for the Internal Medicine specialty exam. He has also been a member of the internship selection committee at Cornell and the internal medicine residency selection committee at MSU. Dr. Bento enjoys all aspects of Internal Medicine, but is particularly interested in Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Hematology. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with my family, outdoor activities and traveling. Dr. Bento and his wife, who is presently an oncology resident, also created a blog called VetMed Survival Guide to help future veterinarians and future veterinary specialists learn from their experiences. For future veterinarians thinking about pursuing specialization, Dr. Bento has written a book entitled How to Navigate the Veterinary Matching Program: An Insider’s Guide to the Pursuit of Veterinary Advanced Training which, along with many other useful resources, is available at is available at vetmedsurvivalguide.com
Dr. Bento is offering a generous 20% discount on his book to listeners of the Voices of Veterinary Medicine podcast! Just follow this link to purchase the book, click the purchase button, click the “Add Promo code” button, insert the code REALIZE20, press apply, and the cost will reflect your 20% discount.
He also put together a special post on his website to accompany this podcast. It has answers to questions he anticipated listeners might have after listening to the interview.
During our talk, we discuss:
- What veterinary school in Portugal was like and how it differs from vet schools in the US
- His experiences as a new veterinarian practicing in Portugal
- How an externship at a U.S. veterinary teaching hospital during his clinical year of vet school gave him the opportunity to do an internship in the U.S. later
- How he felt about not matching the first time he applied for residency
- His thoughts on the stresses and responsibilities that come with internship and residency
- Some of the logistics of being a foreign veterinary graduate and working as a board certified specialist in the U.S., specifically related to the Education Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG) and the Program for the Assessment of Veterinary Education Equivalence (PAVE)
- What’s required to be a competitive candidate for tenured track positions in U.S. veterinary schools
- The challenges of maintaining a relationship when both partners are building their professional careers
- Why he and his wife started the blog vetmedsurvivalguide.com
Follow this link to check out the Veterinary Internship & Residency Matching Program
- Whitman County Humane Society in Pullman, WA – http://www.whitmanpets.org/
- WSU Good Samaritan Fund – http://vth.vetmed.wsu.edu/
- Cornell Hospital for Animals – https://www2.vet.cornell.edu/
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