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):
Karen E Russell
Department of Veterinary Pathobiology
College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77843-4467
Web Site:
Next Open Position:
July 2018
Application Deadline:
Review of applications will begin November 1, 2017, and will continue until a suitable candidate is identified
Type of Program:
Residency with option for MS or PhD
Length of Training:
3 years (residency), longer if pursuing a graduate degree
No. of Trainees:
3 to 4, depending on the year
Current Trainee(s):
  • Alexandra Myers, DVM (3rd year)
  • Samantha Schlemmer, DVM (2nd year)
  • Carolina Azevedo, DVM (1st year)
Program Goals:
1) Train well-rounded veterinary clinical pathologists for careers in academia, industry, or diagnostic laboratories
2) Build a knowledge base to successfully complete ACVP board examination
3) Provide opportunities to teach in small group, didactic, and/or laboratory situations
4) Provide research opportunities
5) Encourage advanced graduate degree
Program Strengths:
Wide variety of submissions in hematology, hemostasis, cytology with cytology/histology correlations; Opportunities for resident projects leading to presentations (oral, poster) and publications; Close interaction with anatomic residency program; Opportunities to participate in short rotations outside of clinical pathology (clinics, reference laboratories, industry); Close interaction with 4 boarded clinical pathologists; Yearly mock board exam; High success rate on passing ACVP board examination.
Training Activities:
Formal coursework, seminars, rounds, independent study, teaching, journal clubs, clinical diagnostic duty, research, hands-on learning of hematology, clinical chemistry, urinalysis, hemostasis techniques.
Additional Training Areas:
Surgical biopsy, necropsy, transmission electron microscopy, outside rotations (clinics, reference laboratories, industry).
Systemic pathology, general pathology, statistics, biochemistry, immunology, other courses available depending on degree tract.
Clinical Pathology Faculty:
Karen E. Russell, DVM, PhD, Dipl ACVP, Professor
Mark C. Johnson, DVM, Dipl ACVP, Clinical Associate Professor
Mary B. Nabity, DVM, PhD, Dipl ACVP, Assistant Professor
Gwen Levine, DVM, Dipl ACVP, Clinical Assistant Professor
Unity Jeffery, VetMB, PhD, Dipl. ACVP, Assistant Professor
Faculty Research Interests:
Renal pathology and urine proteomics, reference intervals for selected wildlife species, hemostasis and coagulation, immunophenotyping of neoplasia.
Trainees in Last 5 Years and Current Positions:
  • Jennifer Cook, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVP, Clinical Pathologist, ANTECH Diagnostics
  • Julie Hilligas, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVP, Clinical Pathologist, Texas Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory, College Station, TX
  • Holly Minard, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVP, Clinical Pathologist, IDEXX, Worthington, OH
  • Jessica Hokamp, DVM,PhD, Dipl. ACVP, Clinical Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
This Page Was Last Updated
May 22, 2017