Combined Residency-Graduate Program (Pathobiology)

The program offers MS and PhD degrees for graduate students, residents in anatomic and clinical pathology, and veterinary students doing a combined DVM-MS or DVM-PhD degree.  For more information go to the Pathobiology graduate program site.

About The Program

Programs leading to the combined residency-M.S. degree and residency-Ph.D. degree are offered in veterinary anatomic pathology and veterinary clinical pathology.  General training objectives are to provide:

  1. comprehensive training in anatomic and clinical veterinary pathology in preparation for certification by theAmericanCollege of Veterinary Pathologists;
  2. experience in the teaching of veterinary pathology; and
  3. research training in experimental pathology consistent with the fulfillment of requirements for the Master of Science or Doctor of Philosophy degree.

Programmatic Strengths

Within the Department of Pathobiology, programmatic strengths include productive multidisciplinary research programs, opportunities to acquire teaching experience in the veterinary curriculum, and a substantial departmental commitment to graduate education.  The Department sponsors an active research seminar series and encourages regular participation in scientific meetings and specialized training courses.

Program of Study

A program of study is developed by the trainee in conjunction with a resident-graduate advisory committee to meet the individual needs and interests of the trainee.  Included in the program are residency experiences in applied pathology, graduate coursework, independent study, teaching, and research.  Residency experiences are enriched through close associations with the Thompson-Bishop-Sparks State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and the Scott-Ritchey Research Center , both located on the CVM campus.  Research projects can be selected from a variety of specialty areas including infectious diseases, molecular pathology, oncology, neuropathology, avian pathology, aquatic pathobiology, parasitic diseases, and clinical pathology.  Original research and a scholarly thesis/dissertation are typically required for the M.S. and Ph.D. programs.  A program leading to a non-thesis M.S. degree is also offered.

Stipend and Maintenance

Starting salary is $31,350/year.  Residents in anatomic and clinical pathology hold the title of Graduate Teaching Assistant, and are offered a competitive benefits package that includes tuition waiver and a subsidized group health insurance plan underwritten by United HealthCare Insurance Co.

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