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Anatomic and Clinical Pathology Career Area of Emphasis

Advisors – Drs. Cianciolo, Premanandan, Burkhard and Wellman
This individualized Core Area of Emphasis program is for senior veterinary 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)
Anatomic Pathology Track - Required
  1. Advanced 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 (VPM 8891), specialty pathology (VBS 8894.02), clinical pathology (VBS 8895.03), and histopathology (VBS 8895.04) seminars is required during all rotations.
  2. Domestic and zoo animal biopsy duty – VBS – 2 weeks
  3. Domestic animal clinical pathology duty (hematology/cytology) – VBS – 2 weeks
  4. Experimental clinical and anatomic pathology – Comparative Pathology & Mouse Phenotyping Shared Resource  in VMAB – 2 weeks
    • This rotation will be scheduled through Dr. LaPerle and Dr. Knoblaugh.
  5. Diagnostic pathology (necropsy, microbiology, virology, toxicology, etc.) – ODA ADDL – 2 weeks
    • This rotation will be scheduled through Dr. Jeff Hayes.
Clinical Pathology Track – Required
  1. Clinical pathology rotation – VBS – 2 weeks
    • In addition to clinical duties, attendance at clinical pathology seminar (VBS 8895.03) and weekly cytology rounds are required for all clinical pathology rotations.
  2. Advanced Clinical Pathology duty – VBS – 2 weeks
  3. Domestic and zoo animal biopsy duty – VBS – 2 weeks
    • Attendance at all specialty pathology seminars (dermpath, ophthopath, etc) and histopathology seminar is required.
  4. Experimental clinical and anatomic pathology – Comparative Pathology & Mouse Phenotyping Shared Resource  in VMAB – 2 weeks
    • This rotation will be scheduled through Dr. LaPerle and Dr. Knoblaugh.
  5. Choose one OSU CVM rotation from the following : oncology, 2nd rotation in internal medicine, critical care or ODA ADDL)
Remaining Flexible Rotations – The remaining 6 weeks can be spent in numerous ways and is planned at the student’s and advisor’s discretion. Advisors will help to facilitate this process but responsibility for organizing rotations ultimately falls upon the student. Students are encouraged to gain exposure to as many different facets of pathology as possible. In general, the rotations should be no less than 2 weeks long. These rotations are only limited by the student’s imagination!
  • Biotech/government/industry/academic pathology
    • Charles River Laboratories (scheduled through Dr. Aaron Sargeant)
    • WIL Research Laboratories, Ashland Ohio
      • Housing possible with advanced notice
      • 4 board certified anatomic pathologists on site (12 total)
      • Two week rotation includes exposure to a GLP lab with expertise in Developmental and Reproductive Toxicology and General Toxicology.  Time will be spent in the clinical pathology lab, histology lab, necropsy, surgery and experimental medicine, laboratory animal medicine, and pathology.
    • Vanderbilt University (with Dr. Lauren Himmel)
  • Other state diagnostic laboratories
  • Pathology departments in other colleges of veterinary medicine. NOTE – If you plan on applying to a residency at one of these institutions, previous CAE students have suggested that scheduling these institutions early in your senior rotations is advantageous.
  • 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 with associated pathology service
  • Poultry Pathology
  • Introduction to Research
    • Rotations through laboratories on OSU campus – 2 weeks
      • Must be approved by the primary investigator and CAE advisor