Resident Training in Veterinary Anatomic Pathology - Standard Pathology Track

Resident Training in Veterinary Anatomic Pathology - Standard Pathology Track

Location: W. R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, University of California, Davis, CA (year 1 and 2)

Starting Date: August 1, 2022

Closing Date for Applications: September 3, 2021


Salary: $44,786/1st year; $46,875/2nd year; $49,039/3rd 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.

Description: This position is a three year position intended for persons planning to sit for the certifying examination of the American College of Veterinary Pathology (ACVP). Residency training in anatomic pathology is suitable for persons with limited or no post-DVM experience in pathology. Training consists of two years at the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital developing basic skills in morphologic pathology and acquiring a fundamental understanding of the pathogenesis of diseases via rotating assignments to pathology services under the guidance of board certified (ACVP or ECVP) veterinary pathologists. Residents gain experience in anatomic pathology through gross and microscopic examination of a diversity of pathology cases from the necropsy/biopsy services of the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital including companion animals, equine, exotic hoofstock, food animals, laboratory animals, and a variety of wild and exotic species. The Anatomic Pathology Service at the VMTH has approximately 1800 biopsies and 1400 necropsies a year, of which approximately 15% are zoo and wild animal or exotic pet cases. During the third year, the now Senior Resident works closely with the Chief of Service and Service Manager to ensure that all Service activities are completed in a timely and thorough manner. The Senior Resident takes rotating assignments on the biopsy and necropsy services under the guidance of board certified (ACVP and ECVP) pathologists. The Senior Resident also provides mentorship for first and second year residents. This position serves as the liaison between clinical faculty, house officers and the Service, represents the Anatomic Pathology Service at hospital clinical rounds and provides consultations for clinicians. The Senior Resident position is designed for persons intending to take the certifying examination of the American College of Veterinary Pathology (ACVP) and to pursue a Ph.D. degree in Integrative Pathobiology.

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 3, 2021 deadline consist of:

1) Letter of Intent specifying interests and professional goals. Additionally the letter should include which position or positions you are applying for (standard; zoo and wildlife; lab animal or senior). 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.

Visitors: Due to statewide and national restrictions due to the ongoing SARS-CoV-2 (Covid19) pandemic, we are unable to accept visitors or interviews for this year. Selected individuals will be contacted for virtual (on-line) interviews via Zoom. We sincerely regret that we are unable to offer interviews to every applicant. If you are not contacted by UC Davis to schedule an interview, we will be unable to accommodate one. Please see the updated instructions on how to apply, above, for a more detailed overview.

Contacts: All application materials must be received no later than September 3, 2021 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 (503) 752-1369

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

Dr. Kevin Woolard 
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) 752-2235