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Anatomic and Clinical Pathology Career Area of Emphasis


Dr. Premanandan

This individualized Core Area of Emphasis program is for students interested in careers in anatomic or clinical pathology and plan to pursue post-graduate training in these fields at some point after graduation. The opportunities provided in this CAE provide a strong foundation for residency training. The senior year can be divided into two parts, the core program, which all senior students must participate in and CAE part. The CAE portion is 16 weeks and has required rotations and as well as flexible rotations. Pathology is a discipline which interacts with almost every other field of veterinary medicine, so many opportunities can be considered for the flexible rotations. However, it is important to discuss these rotations with the CAE advisors to determine whether they will be suitable as CAE rotations. Some rotations are more suitable as elective rotations.

Schedule for the entire 4th Year

  • Core rotations: 13 two-week rotations that ALL students must rotate through
    • One rotation through applied pathology will take place here
  • Area Core: 14-16 week determined by career area of emphasis
    • Small Animal (16 wks)
    • Equine (14 wks)
    • Food Animal (14 wks)
    • Mixed Animal (16 wks)
    • Individualized – must have a formal plan and advisor
  • Electives: 3-4 two week rotations at OSU or outside OSU
  • Personal time: 2 weeks
  • Hospital holiday coverage/vacation: 2 weeks

Anatomic & Clinical Pathology Individualized CAE (16 weeks)

  • Domestic and zoo animal necropsy duty – VBS – 2 weeks
  • In addition to participating in necropsies, you will be responsible for two to three cases through to the final necropsy report. This will involve trimming in specimens and reading histopathology with the pathologists on duty.
  • Attendance at VBS weekly/monthly research (850) and pathology (795, 800.01 [clinical pathology], and 800.02 [histopathology] seminars is required during all rotations.
  • Domestic and zoo animal biopsy duty – VBS – 2 weeks.
  • Domestic animal clinical pathology duty (hematology/cytology) – VBS – 2 weeks.
  • Experimental clinical and anatomic pathology – Comparative Pathology & Mouse Phenotyping Shared Resource  in VMAB – 2 weeks. This rotation will be scheduled through Dr. Sue Knoblaugh.
  • Diagnostic pathology (necropsy, microbiology, virology, toxicology, etc.) – ODA – 2 weeks

Remaining Flexible Rotations – The remaining 6 weeks can be spent in numerous ways and is planned at the student's and advisor's discretion. In general, the rotations should be no less than 2 weeks long. These rotations are only limited by the students' imagination!

  • Biotech/government/industry pathology
    • Charles River Laboratories (scheduled through Dr. Aaron Sargeant)
    • Other state diagnostic laboratories
    • Pathology departments in other colleges of veterinary medicine
    • Clinical rotations – Clinical rotations at OSU CVM that have a strong connection with pathology are encouraged – i.e. Dermatology, Cardiology, Neurology, Lab animal medicine, etc.
  • Zoological parks
  • Poutry Pathology
    • Possible rotations in Veterinary Preventive Medicine
    • Georgia Poultry Laboratory Network
      • Introduction to Research
        • Rotations through laboratories on OSU campus – 2 weeks
          • Must be approved by the primary investigator and CAE advisor