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):
Krista La Perle
Department of Veterinary Biosciences
College of Veterinary Medicine
The Ohio State University
1925 Coffey Road
Columbus, OH 43210
Web Site:
Next Open Position:
Application Deadline:
Applications are reviewed upon receipt and will continue until suitable applicants are selected.
Type of Program:
Residency with PhD
Length of Training:
~5-6 years for residency and PhD
No. of Trainees:
Current Trainee(s):
  • Dimitria Mathys
  • Sally Henderson
  • Nina Zitzer
  • Nicole Kohart
  • Justin Breitbach
  • Mary Evelyn White
Program Goals:
1) Master principles of clinical pathology
2) Gain proficiency in application of laboratory methods

3) Acquire teaching experience in veterinary curriculum

4) Develop good oral and written communication skills
5) Perform hypothesis-based, original research culminating in a PhD
6) Achieve ACVP board certification in clinical pathology
Program Strengths:
1) High success rate in passing the ACVP board examination and completion of dissertation research, culminating in a PhD; 2) Large number of training faculty who are board certified in veterinary clinical pathology (n=3), clinical chemistry (n=1) and anatomic pathology (n=10); 3) Training faculty who have held leadership positions in the ACVP and have extensive experience on the board examination committee; 4) Training environment that is part of one of the largest health sciences center in the United States, incorporating the colleges of veterinary medicine, medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, nursing, and allied medical professions, in addition to the Comprehensive Cancer Center and Children's Hospital; 5) Large clinical caseload for cytology, hematology, clinical chemistry, hemostasis, immunology, transfusion medicine, flow cytometry, immunohistochemistry, and molecular diagnostics; 6) Opportunities for laboratory animal experience
Training Activities:
Clinical diagnostic duty; attendance at clinical, basic science, and research rounds and seminars; completion of formal courses and independent study; teaching in the veterinary curriculum; assistance in new test development and quality control; scheduled rotations through established departmental research laboratories. Residents move to grant-related funding after 1 year.
Additional Training Areas:
Surgical biopsy, electron microscopy, molecular biology, immunocytochemistry, flow cytometry, confocal microscopy, microarray technology, real-time PCR, and mouse phenotyping. Training grants support additional opportunities in cancer research and the pathobiology of genetically modified mice.
Courses are selected by the student in consultation with training faculty and graduate advisory committee, with relatively few prescribed courses (statistics, advanced systemic pathology).
Clinical Pathology Faculty:
  • Mary Jo Burkhard, DVM, PhD, Dipl ACVP, Associate Professor
  • M Judith Radin, DVM, PhD, Dipl ACVP, Professor
  • Maxey L Wellman, DVM, PhD, Dipl ACVP, Professor
Faculty Research Interests:
General areas include cellular and molecular biology, oncology, infectious disease, immunology, pathophysiology and pharmacology. There currently are 37 graduate faculty. See website for additional information.
Trainees in Last 5 Years and Current Positions:
  • Tzu-Yin LIn, DVM, PhD, Dipl ACVP, Assistant Researcher, University of California Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, CA
  • Cecilia Machado-Parrula DVM, PhD, Dipl ACVP, Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • Rebeccah Urbiztondo, DVM, MS, Dipl ACVP, Great Lakes Veterinary Specialists; PetLabs, Inc
  • Jennifer Mathews, DVM, PHD, Dipl ACVP, Veterinary Technology Program Director, Southwest Georgia Technical College
  • Emily Walters, DVM, MS, Dipl ACVP, Antech, Irvine CA
  • Kelly Santangelo, DVM, PhD, Assistant Professor, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
This Page Was Last Updated
July 27, 2016