Resident Training in Veterinary Anatomic Pathology - Laboratory Animal Pathology Track

Location: W. R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital (first 24 months); Comparative Pathology Laboratory and California National Primate Research Center (last 12 months); all University of California, Davis, CA

Starting Date: August 1, 2018

Closing Date for Applications: September 15, 2017

Compensation: Salary: $42,216/1st year; $44,184/2nd year; $46,224/3rd year

Benefits include: Medical, dental, vision, and life insurances and Vacation and sick pay.

Qualifications & Requirements for Admission to the Program: Qualifications for admission include a DVM (or equivalent degree) from a veterinary school accredited by the AVMA (preferred) and a scholastic record sufficient for acceptance into graduate school (a minimum GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale for undergraduate and veterinary school courses). Although resident applicants do not apply to graduate school at the time of application to the residency, we give preference to residents who are qualified to continue their advanced training in a post-doctoral degree program. GRE scores can be included by are not required for application to residency program. Applicants must have demonstrated interest in a career in comparative or laboratory animal pathology.

Program Goals: The UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital (VMTH), the Comparative Pathology Lab (CPL), and the California National Primate and Research Center (CNPRC) have a joint residency program in veterinary pathology designed to prepare candidates for careers in academia or laboratory animal pathology, which requires certification by the American College of Veterinary Pathologists (ACVP). The anatomic pathology residency training programs at the VMTH and CPL/CNPRC are the first step of a two-phase training program leading to acquisition of the skills in diagnostic and experimental pathology. After three years of training under the guidance of board-certified diplomats (ACVP and ECVP), candidates are expected to take the ACVP certifying examination. At the conclusion of this phase, residents are encouraged to apply to the Graduate Group in Integrative Pathobiology in pursuit of a PhD.

Program Length: All residency appointments are renewed annually with renewal based on adequate progress. Residents entering the program will complete 24 months of concentrated anatomic pathology training at UCD-VMTH followed by 12 months of advanced training at the Comparative Pathology Lab (CPL) and the California National Primate and Research Center (CNPRC).

Program Description:

Part 1: 24 months in Diagnostic Anatomic Pathology: The first 24 months of the program will be spent at the Anatomic Pathology Service at the VMTH. The VMTH provides a diverse caseload that consists of approximately 85% domestic animals and 15% zoo and wildlife animals, pet birds and other exotic pets. All aspects of case evaluation (gross necropsy, histopathology evaluation, and pathology reporting) are guided and reviewed by eight board-certified (ACVP or ECVP) pathologists. Pathologists from the California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratories, the Center of Comparative Medicine, the CPL and the CNPRC on campus also participate in seminars and are available for consultations. A research project based on diagnostic cases is also a requirement of the program. For details of 1st and 2nd year of the program please refer to VMTH.

Part 2: 12 months in Lab Animal Pathology: The final 12 months of the program will be spent at the CPL & CNPRC on campus. The residency program is structured to provide primary training at one facility (10 months) and secondary training at the other facility (2 months) for a total of 12 months of training in diagnostic and experimental Laboratory Animal Pathology. Assignment of primary and secondary training at either the CPL (laboratory rodent and rabbit pathology) or CNPRC (non-human primate pathology) is based on the preference of the trainee. During this time, the trainee will continue participating in VMTH resident training activities (rounds, seminars).

While at either CPL or CNPRC:

  • Act as primary case coordinator for all clinical case submissions, which includes gross necropsy, tissue trimming, ancillary diagnostic sample collection and assay submission, data interpretation, report generation, review and approval by faculty pathologist-on-duty and client communication
  • Host sessions of the Lab animal pathology rounds and participate in other rounds/seminars relevant to comparative or experimental pathology (ie. Academy of Genomic Pathology rounds at CPL, or CNPRC Virtual slide conference)
  • Assist in teaching veterinary medical students and lab animal medicine residents during dedicated rotations

While at CPL:

• The resident will be housed at the CPL and supervised by the Senior pathologist and Director.

• Objectives will include:

Acclimatization to a high-throughput lab animal diagnostic facility and learn/apply SOP's of rodent pathology, phenotyping, and diagnostics (including clinical pathology, microbiology, parasitology, molecular diagnostics, and serology).

Completion of a resident research project intended for publication/presentation that includes either phenotyping of a GEM or semi-quantitative histopathologic data analysis.

While at CNPRC:

• The resident will be housed at CNPRC and supervised by the senior staff pathologists.

• The objective is to reinforce basic principles of pathology via their application to non-human primates in both clinical (colony management) and research settings. There will be specific emphasis on safety precautions and a variety of specialized procedures to include the following:

Appropriate use of protective clothing and proper waste management within a Biosafety Level (BSL) II facility

Implementation of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), and special experimental

techniques

• In addition, residents will be expected to take part in the following activities:

Biweekly gross and histology pathology rounds with veterinary staff

Weekly histopathology rounds with pathologists

Examination of slide sets of classic lesions in non-human primates

Preparation of literature summary of a selected primate pathology topic

Presentations/publications where appropriate.

Objectives for the Lab Animal Track anatomic pathology residency program:

1. To provide non-degree, postdoctoral training in laboratory animal anatomic pathology appropriate for a veterinarian interested in pursuing a career in lab animal diagnostics, investigative pathology or the biomedical/pharmaceutical industry.

2. To prepare trainee for the certification examination in Anatomic Pathology by the American College of Veterinary Pathologists.

2. To prepare trainee for entrance into a Ph.D. degree program in pathology (Graduate Group in Integrative Pathobiology).

3. To provide experience in the teaching of anatomic pathology to veterinary students and lab animal medicine residents in a laboratory setting.

4. To provide investigative pathology training through collaboration on laboratory animal research projects.

5. To provide training in laboratory animal diagnostics and phenotyping of genetically engineered mice (GEM).

Justification

Residents perform an important role in carrying out the teaching and diagnostic functions of the Comparative Pathology Laboratory (CPL) and the California National Primate Research Center (CNPRC) as they train to become veterinary pathologists.

There is a continuing demand for well-trained veterinary pathologists by academic and research institutions and by industry particularly with an emphasis on Laboratory Animal and Comparative Pathology. The hallmarks of adequate training are diplomate status of the A.C.V.P. and a Ph.D. degree in experimental pathology.

The CPL is responsible for diagnostics and health monitoring of animals used in research on the UC Davis campus, other UC campuses and private industry. There are approximately 2500 submissions per year that include necropsy and biopsy specimens from the health monitoring programs, diagnostic cases, and collaborative service research projects. In addition, training in pathologic phenotyping of genetically engineered mice is provided in conjunction with the Mouse Biology Program.

The CNPRC Pathology Service provides diagnostic and research support for the breeding colony and research groups both within and outside the CNPRC with approximately 1200 submissions per year. The primary objectives of this unit are to provide surveillance for diseases that may affect colony health and support for research projects. The Pathology Service performs special terminal procedures for investigators including: perfusions of organs with specific fixatives, sterile tissue collection, tissue collections for specialized analyses such as in vitro studies, immunohistochemistry or electron microscopy, and GLP necropsies.

Program Size: Duty responsibilities at VMTH are shared with the two resident in the LAB ANIMAL PATHOLOGY TRACK, three residents in the STANDARD ANATOMIC PATHOLOGY TRACK  and two residents in the ZOO AND WILDLIFE PATHOLOGY TRACK. While at the CPL and CNPRC, duty responsibilities are exclusively done by the one resident in the last twelve months of their LAB ANIMAL PATHOLOGY TRACK.

While at the VMTH, the resident will be guided and reviewed by eight board-certified  (ACVP or ECVP) veterinary pathologists. While at the CPL and CNPRC, residents are mentored by the following faculty:

Supervising FACULTY for 3rd year:

Stephen Griffey, DVM, Ph.D. Director of the Comparative Pathology Laboratory. Instruction in Pathology of Laboratory Animals with an emphasis on Comparative pathology and rodent health monitoring programs/infectious disease.

Denise Imai, DVM, Ph.D. Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathology (ACVP). Senior Pathologist at the Comparative Pathology Laboratory. Instruction in Pathology of Laboratory Animals with an emphasis on Comparative pathology and rodent health monitoring programs/infectious disease including exotic species used in a laboratory setting.

Rachel Reader, DVM, Ph.D. Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists (ACVP). Manager of Pathology Services at the California National Primate Research Center (CNPRC). Instruction in Pathology of Primates.

Ross Tarara, DVM, Ph.D. Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathology (ACVP). Senior Pathologist, CNPRC. Instruction in Pathology of Primates.

Rebekah Keesler, DVM, Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathology (ACVP). Senior Pathologist, CNPRC. Instruction in Pathology of Primates.

Katie Olmstad, DVM, Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathology (ACVP). Senior Pathologist, CNPRC. Instruction in Pathology of Primates.

Stephen Barthold (emeritus), DVM, Ph.D. Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologist (ACVP), Honorary Diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine. Instruction in Pathology of Laboratory Animals, research mentor.

Application: All application materials can be submitted in electronic or hard copy except official transcripts and class rank. Required application materials that must be received by the September 15, 2017 deadline consist of:

1) Letter of Intent specifying interests and professional goals. Additionally the letter should indicate that you are applying for the LABORATORY ANIMAL PATHOLOGY TRACK position. Applicants are welcome to apply for more than one position but must rank the order of their preference.

2) Curriculum vitae

3) Three letters of recommendation, sent via. e-mail directly from the referee and not the candidate.

4) Official transcripts from all veterinary and post-veterinary education. You may submit them electronically along with your entire application packet, but a certified official hard copy must be mailed separately in a sealed envelope by you or your veterinary school. If you are a foreign applicant interpretation of their University’s grading system has to be provided with the application. FOREIGN APPLICANTS.

5) Official class rank from your veterinary school. Please indicate if official class rank is not available from your school.

6) TOEFL scores for foreign applicants. If English is not your first language, applicants must submit TOEFL scores or provide equivalent evidence of demonstrated written and verbal skills in English. Refer to FOREIGN APPLICANTS.

Foreign Applicants: Foreign applicants are welcome to apply. Refer to FOREIGN APPLICANTS for complete application process.

Scoring of applications: All applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria: 1) overall academic achievement, 2) academic achievement in pathology and related subjects, 3) clarity of career goals (letter of intent), 4) the promise of a successful career in veterinary pathology, 5) experience and interest in teaching and research including pursuit of a Masters or PhD degree, 6) interest in an academic career, 7) foreign applicants will also be evaluated based on their evidence of excellence in written and spoken English. Top applicants will be invited for a phone interview.

Visitors: Visiting our program prior to application is not required but externships and/or one day interviews for resident applicants are encouraged VISITOR POLICY. Schedule visits by contacting Ms. Becky Griffey. Visits to the department must take place prior to September 15, 2017


Contacts: All application materials must be received no later than September 15, 2017 and should be mailed to:

Ms. Becky Griffey
Residency Application Coordinator
VMTH Anatomic Pathology
1345 Vet Med 3A
School of Veterinary Medicine
University of California - Davis
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616-5270
Telephone (530) 752-1369
rmgriffey@ucdavis.edu


Additional information about the first 2 years of the training program can be obtained by contacting:

Dr. Patricia Pesavento 
Residency Training Coordinator 
Department of Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology
School of Veterinary Medicine
University of California - Davis
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616-5270
Telephone (530) 752-1166
papesavento@ucdavis.edu

or by visiting the AP Website

Additional information about the CPL training program can be obtained by contacting:

Dr. Stephen Griffey
Laboratory & Resident Training Director
Comparative Pathology Laboratory
Old Davis Road
School of Veterinary Medicine
University of California - Davis
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616-5270
Telephone (530) 754-9160
smgriffey@ucdavis.edu

or by visiting the CPL website

Additional information about the CNPRC training portion can be obtained by contacting:

Dr. Rebekah Keesler
Senior Pathologist
California National Primate Research Center
University of California, Davis
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616-5270
Telephone (530) 752-1120
rkeesler@ucdavis.edu

Or by visiting the CNPRC website

Last Updated: June 5, 2017