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Clinical Pathology Residency/PhD Program

As part of the most comprehensive health sciences center in America, the Department of Veterinary Biosciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine at The Ohio State University offers outstanding training opportunities for students whose career goals include specialty education in veterinary clinical pathology and graduate education in Comparative Biomedical Sciences leading to a PhD. With dual credentials, our graduates are highly competitive for careers in academia, industry, diagnostic laboratories, and government.

The objective of the clinical pathology program is to provide training in clinical chemistry, cytology, hematology, immunology, surgical pathology and molecular techniques. Trainees are directly involved in the teaching and diagnostic services of the clinical pathology laboratories. Research training for clinical pathology residents is designed to provide experience with molecular biology, transgenic animal pathobiology, virology, oncology, biochemistry, immunohistochemistry, gnotobiology, cell culture, and quantitative histomorphometry in investigation of the pathogenesis of disease.


Clinical pathology training utilizes laboratories at The Ohio State University that support the large caseload of the Veterinary Medical Center as well as classroom and individualized training directed by boarded pathologists. Additional training and resources are provided by the surgical pathology and autopsy services, the University Comparative Pathology & Mouse Phenotyping Shared Resource, and the Clinical Immunophenotyping Service. Large and small class didactic, laboratory, and small group teaching opportunities are an integral part of the program and provide trainees hands-on experience with different teaching models.

Research opportunities for PhD training are diverse, ranging from the study of infectious disease to oncology and drug discovery, and include basic, comparative, and translational work both within the college and with funded collaborative partners throughout the OSU health sciences community and Nationwide Children’s Hospital. 

Tuition & Stipend

  • Stipends begin at $35,004
  • A $1,000 bonus is applied toward the cost of educational supplies
  • Tuition is provided ($14,910/resident or $41,750/non-resident per year)
  • The university pays 85% (approximately $2819/year) of the cost of student health insurance

Applications  for position(s) to commence summer 2023 will be due by October 16th, 2022. 

Application Checklist

  • DVM from an AVMA-accredited institution
  • Curriculum Vitae that includes research and clinical pathology experience
  • Statement of career goals
  • Three letters of reference
  • Copies of GRE scores  (if available) and academic transcripts (undergrad and DVM/VMD) with class rank
  • English proficiency minimum requirements for International students from non-English speaking countries

Upon acceptance into the Combined Clinical Pathology Residency/Graduate Program, applicants will then be asked to complete an OSU Graduate School Application and a background check.

For More Information, Please Contact:

Education Program Coordinator
1925 Coffey Road
Columbus, OH 43210-1093
Phone: (614) 292-2377
Fax: (614) 292-6473