Resident Training Program in Veterinary Clinical Pathology

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION AND GOALS 

The Clinical Pathology residency is a 3-year program of advanced training in veterinary laboratory medicine designed to fulfill training requirements and eligibility for board certification in Clinical Pathology by the American College of Veterinary Pathologists (ACVP). The program also provides academic training in comparative pathology applicable towards an advanced degree. The program can be individually tailored to accommodate and build upon the resident's experience, interests and career goals.

Training emphasizes analytical and interpretive skills in diagnostic laboratory medicine (hematology, clinical chemistry, cytology, surgical pathology); basic principles of pathophysiology and disease; and quality control, test validation, instrumentation and laboratory data management. Residents are based in the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital and provide service and consultation to clinicians, technicians, residents, and students under the supervision of board-certified clinical pathologists. Residents participate in rounds and seminars, contribute to publication of case material, and design and execute an original research project. Residents also participate in teaching clinical pathology to veterinary students. Opportunities exist for externships at diagnostic laboratories, pharmaceutical/biotech companies, and laboratories for zoo animals, laboratory animals, and primates.

Minimum qualifications for resident applicants are 1) graduation from a school/college of veterinary medicine and 2) one year of internship or equivalent practice experience. Continuation to subsequent years is contingent on satisfactory performance. Candidates with interest in an advanced degree are especially encouraged to apply. To inquire about open positions please contact Dr. Sean Owens (sdowens@ucdavis.edu).

 

THE FACULTY

  • Dr. Dori Borjesson, DVM, PhD, Dipl ACVP, Professor and Department Chair; Director, Veterinary Institute for Regenerative Cures. Dr. Borjesson graduated from UC Davis where she completed her DVM, clinical pathology residency, and PhD. She returned to UC Davis in October 2006 after nearly 5 years on the faculty at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Borjesson is primarily engaged in regenerative medicine research with a focus on mesenchymal stem cells and immunomodulation. Her work is also focused on developing relevant, naturally occurring, large animal models of disease for cell therapy clinical trials. For more information: http://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/virc/.
  • Dr. Mary Christopher, DVM, PhD, Dipl ACVP, Dipl ECVCP, Professor. Dr. Christopher is a veterinary graduate of Iowa State University and completed her PhD and NIH postdoctoral training at the University of Minnesota. She has been at UC Davis since 1994, after 5 years on the faculty at the University of Florida. Dr. Christopher is a former Editor-in-Chief of Veterinary Clinical Pathology. Her research focuses on red cells and anemia, diagnostic and wildlife clinical pathology, and pathology and research reporting.
  • Dr. Shir Gilor, DVM, MSc, Dipl ACVP, Staff Pathologist. Dr. Gilor is a veterinary graduate of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. She completed a rotating internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York and a residency in clinical pathology at the University of Illinois. She worked for a number of years as a clinical pathologist at IDEXX-UK and IDEXX-US and taught clinical pathology in the Veterinary Technology program at Columbus State Community College. Dr. Gilor also has experience as a general practitioner in private practice and in the community practice at The Ohio State University. Dr. Gilor currently splits her time between VDx Veterinary Diagnostics and UC Davis. Her interests include cytology and flow cytometry.
  • Dr. Amir Kol, DVM, PhD, Dipl ACVP, Assistant Professor. Dr. Kol is a veterinary graduate of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, and completed his residency in clinical pathology and PhD in Integrative Pathobiology at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Kol joined the faculty at UC Davis in 2016. His research interests include stem cell biology, regenerative medicine, clinical immunology and hematopathology.
  • Dr. Sean Owens, DVM, Dipl ACVP, Professor. Dr. Owens is a veterinary graduate of Colorado State University. After an internship in small animal medicine and surgery, he completed a fellowship in transfusion medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Animal Blood Bank. Dr. Owens did his residency training in clinical pathology at UC Davis and worked as a clinical pathologist at IDEXX Reference Laboratories for 2 years prior to coming back to UC Davis. His research interests include red cell compatibility issues, blood banking, and transfusion medicine.
  • Dr. Bill Vernau, BVMS, DVSc, PhD, Dipl ACVP, Associate Professor; Service Chief and Associate Director of the Clinical Laboratories. Dr. Vernau is a veterinary graduate of Murdoch University in Australia and completed his DVSc in clinical pathology at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. He received his PhD at UC Davis. Dr. Vernau's research interests include the clinical, phenotypic, and molecular characterization of hematopoietic neoplasia, diagnostic clinical pathology with an emphasis on veterinary hematology and cytology (particularly immunophenotyping and diagnostic immunocytochemistry) and the diagnostic assessment of cerebrospinal fluid.

 

WHERE ARE THEY NOW?: RESIDENTS WHO COMPLETED THE PROGRAM

Former residents in Clinical Pathology at UC Davis are employed in a variety of academic, diagnostic, and industry positions. Residents who completed their program within the last 10 years:

Jennifer Johns, Dipl ACVP, Assistant Professor, Oregon State University

Shanon Zabolotzsky, Dipl ACVP, IDEXX Veterinary Services

Keith DeJong, Dipl ACVP, Boehringer Ingelheim, St. Joseph, MO

Joanne Hodges, Dipl ACVP, VDx Veterinary Diagnostics, Davis, CA

Amir Kol, Dipl ACVP, Assistant Professor, University of California, Davis

Connie Wu, Dipl ACVP, Antech Diagnostics, Irvine, CA

Andrew Burton, Dipl ACVP, Antech Diagnostics, Lake Success, NY

Adeyemi Adedeji, Dipl ACVP, Assistant Professor, Midwestern University

 

FACILITIES AND LOCATION

The University of California is one of the largest and most renowned centers of higher education in the world. The Davis campus lies adjacent to the city of Davis, 15 miles west of Sacramento and 70 miles northeast of San Francisco and has a total enrollment of ~35,000 students. UC Davis is recognized as one of the premier educational and research institutions in the nation; it includes professional schools of veterinary medicine, medicine, law, and management. The School of Veterinary Medicine, the primary health resource for California's animal populations, is one of the leading veterinary schools in the country. The William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital provides primary and referral services in 35 specialties to more than 50,000 patients each year. Research centers and laboratories associated with the school include the Veterinary Institute for Regenerative Cures; Veterinary Center for Clinical Trials; Comparative Cancer Center; California Animal Health and Food Safety System; Wildlife Health Center; Veterinary Genetics Laboratory; Aquatic Health Program; Center for Companion Animal Health; Center for Equine Health; Center for Food Animal Health, Center for Vector-Borne Diseases, California Regional Primate Research Center; Center for Comparative Medicine, and Center for Animal Disease Modeling and Surveillance.

The Davis community offers a wide variety of recreational, cultural and community activities, with 31 parks, 50 miles of bicycle trails, a year-round farmer's market, and a public school system considered to be one of the finest in California. Known for its environmental awareness and social innovations, Davis lies in close proximity to the northern California coast, Napa Valley, redwood forests, the Sierra Nevada, Cascade and coastal mountain ranges, Lake Tahoe and the San Francisco Bay area.


Additional information about the program can be obtained by contacting:

Dr.Sean Owens
Department of Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology
School of Veterinary Medicine
University of California - Davis
sdowens@ucdavis.edu