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Blood sample being prepared for analysis

 A detailed view of a blood sample being prepared for analysis at the Clinical Pathology Laboratory located within the Diagnostic Medical Center.

Clinical Pathology Residency

Clinical Pathology Residency and MS/PhD Program

Residency Training Program Highlights

Clinical Exposure and Responsibilities

Residents help manage the caseload coming through the Clinical Pathology Laboratory during weeks when they are on duty. Residents also acquire skills in managing automated laboratory equipment and learn special analytical and quality control procedures.

Average daily caseload of the laboratory includes:

  • approximately 40 cytology cases (tissue aspirate, tissue imprint, and fluid analyses)
  • approximately 50 hematology cases (of which up to 20% may have hematologic abnormalities requiring pathologist review)
  • approximately 50 chemistry panels

Cytology and hemopathology reports are written in conjunction with the faculty clinical pathologist on duty with evolution to independent report writing.

Multiple Learning Opportunities

Opportunities exist to use special teaching funds for more intensive laboratory evaluation of clinical cases.

Interesting or controversial case materials are reviewed with the entire group of clinical pathologists once weekly in our section rounds, which also serves as a seminar course for credit for pathology, medicine, and oncology residents.

A weekly seminar course for clinical pathology residents includes journal article critique, new textbook reviews, case discussions, and laboratory technology updates.

A weekly multi-discipline microscopy seminar provides cross training opportunities for anatomic, clinical pathology, and laboratory animal trainees. Attended by all training faculty of the Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology Department, both anatomic and clinical pathology cases are presented and critiqued by the residents in preparation for the ACVP board examination.

Additional anatomic pathology training for clinical pathology residents is available through:

  • Additional elective rotations in histopathology and necropsy services
  • Participation in the weekly necropsy rounds
  • Weekly seminar course for review of archived AFIP cases
  • Weekly course with directed comparisons of histological and cytological findings from the same lesion in a single clinical case

Several VTH Medicine Service Seminars and Rounds are open for Clinical Pathology Residents to participate:

  • Small Animal Medicine Grand Rounds
  • Large Animal Medicine Grand Rounds
  • Small Animal Medicine Resident Case Rounds
  • Journal Clubs
  • VTH Resident Research Seminar

Elective Courses offered at the VTH:

  • Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Cardiology
  • Metabolism
  • Nutrition
  • Oncology

Teaching Experience

Opportunities to teach Veterinary, Graduate, and Post-Doctoral Students

  • Junior and Senior Veterinary Student Practicums
  • Second Year Students in the foundation Bioanalytical Pathology Course (VM724)
  • Veterinary interns and clinical residents rotating through the Clinical Pathology Laboratory

Research Focus

Clinical Pathology residents have the opportunity to choose areas of research for their graduate programs from any discipline represented at the University.

Research opportunities include, but are not limited to:

In addition to their successful research pursuits, trainees from our program have demonstrated a consistently high rate of passing the ACVP examination. As a result of this interdisciplinary training philosophy, graduates from our Clinical Pathology training program have been successfully employed in academia, the pharmaceutical industry, commercial reference laboratories, and government.

More information can be found at the American Society for Veterinary Clinical Pathology or American College of Veterinary Pathologists websites.

Please refer to our Application Procedures page for more information. 

ACVP Externship for Veterinary Students

There is a continuing need for well-trained veterinary pathologists for positions in government, academic, and private sectors. To help support those interested in this career path, the American College of Veterinary Pathologists has established a Scholarship Program designed to support externship experiences for veterinary students interested in learning more about activities of veterinary anatomic and clinical pathologists. Learn more about the Clinical Pathology Externship at CSU.

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