For Students and Residents

American Society for Veterinary Clinical Pathology
2424 American Lane
Madison, WI 53704

Telephone: +1-608-443-2479
Fax: +1-608-443-2474

Contact Person(s):
Jenny Thomas
784 Wilson Rd
G350 Vet Med Complex
College of Veterinary Medicine
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-1314
Web Site:
Next Open Position:
July 1, 2013
Application Deadline:
Until a suitable candidate is identified
Type of Program:
3 year residency, with option for PhD after residency
3 1/4 year residency (MPI) with pharmaceutical industry experience
Length of Training:
3 years (residency)
3 1/4 years (MPI residency)
No. of Trainees:
Current Trainee(s):

Jean Brudvig, DVM (3rd year resident)
Caitlyn Carter (1st year MPI resident)

Program Goals:
1) Comprehensive and diverse training leading to board certification by the American College of Veterinary Pathologists; training will focus on the interpretation and pathogenesis of laboratory abnormalities (hematology, clinical chemistry, cytology, histopathology).  MPI residents spend 2 years at Michigan State University and 1 ΒΌ years at MPI Research (a private contract research organization in Mattawan, MI that focuses on the preclinical research needs of the pharmaceutical, biotech, chemical, agricultural and related industries).  While at MPI, residents receive training in good laboratory practices, laboratory animal pathology, clinical pathology, and drug safety evaluation studies.
2) Preparation for successful careers in academic institutions, corporate or private practice, or diagnostic laboratories, zoos, biomedical research, public health, government or regulatory agencies.
3) Preparation for graduate study and research in veterinary pathology.
4) Development of oral and written communication skills.
Program Strengths:

Part of the Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health supporting a large and varied caseload for the Michigan State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital (including the Center for Comparative Oncology) and private practitioners; 4 board-certified clinical pathologists actively involved in residency training; state-of-the-art clinical pathology laboratory staffed by 6 medical technologists/ medical laboratory technicians; surgical biopsy and endocrinology training; NCI combined residency-PhD program available; links to MPI Research; National Food Safety and Toxicology Center.

Training Activities:

Coursework, seminars, clinical pathology rounds, clinical pathology journal club, case discussion seminar, independent study, teaching professional students, clinical diagnostic service.

Additional Training Areas:

Flexible depending on interest of trainee.


Core requirements include Advanced General Pathology, Advanced Systemic Pathology, Advanced Clinical Pathology, weekly case discussion seminar, and weekly department seminar series.  Additional courses available depending on the interest of the trainee.

Clinical Pathology Faculty:
Michael Scott, DVM, PhD, Dipl ACVP, Associate Professor
Julia Stickle, DVM, PhD, Dipl ACVP, Associate Professor

Cheryl Swenson, DVM, PhD, Dipl ACVP, Associate Professor

Jennifer Thomas, DVM, PhD, Dipl ACVP, Associate Professor
Faculty Research Interests:

Retroviral diseases, laboratory evaluation of hemostasis, bone marrow disorders, immune-mediated cytopenias, student learning and learning styles.

Trainees in Last 5 Years and Current Positions:

Adam Aulbach, DVM, Dipl ACVP, Director Clinical Pathology/Principal Clinical Pathologist
Camilo Bulla, DVM, PhD, Assistant Professor, Mississippi State University
Tim Driver, DVM, Supervisory Public Health Veterinarian, USDA
Brittney Fierro, DVM, Pathologist, IDEXX Veterinary Services
Carrie Flint, DVM, Dipl ACVP, Pathologist, IDEXX Veterinary Services
Charlotte Hollinger, DVM, MS, Anatomic Pathology Resident, Michigan State University
Kazuhisa Miyakawa, DVM, PhD student, Michigan State University
Madhu Sirivelu, DVM, PhD, Post-Doc, Michigan State University

This Page Was Last Updated
September 24, 2012