The VA-MD Vet Med Pathology Combined Residency/Ph.D. Program is one of the few combined training environments nationally dedicated to preparing graduates for careers in either veterinary clinical pathology or anatomic pathology and as research scientists.
Residency Program Objectives
- Provide sufficient pathology training for the resident to achieve competency as a diagnostic pathologist
- Enable the resident to qualify for board certification by the American College of Veterinary Pathologists
- Provide the resident with sufficient current research training for success as an independent investigator
The Ph.D. portion of the training program is intended to provide training in a research area so that the graduate may perform effective, independent research. The program will also provide for experience and training in teaching. Completion of the program requirements will prepare graduates for positions in academic institutions, industry or governmental agencies.
Full Program Descriptions
Pathology Training Program Mentors
DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVPClinical Pathology Residency CoordinatorClinical Assistant Professor, Clinical Pathology
Thomas E. Cecere
DVM, MS, PhD, Diplomate ACVPAnatomic Pathology Residency CoordinatorAssistant Professor, Anatomic Pathologytcecere@vt.edu
Katie M. Boes
DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVPAssistant Professor, Clinical PathologyBernard S. Jortner
VMD, MS, Diplomate ACVPProfessor, Anatomic Pathologybjortner@vt.edu
DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVPAssistant Professor, Anatomic Pathologytleroith@vt.edu
DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVPClinical Associate Professor, Anatomic PathologyGeoffrey K. Saunders
DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVPAssociate Professor, Anatomic Pathologygsaun@vt.edu
540-231-7578D. Phillip Sponenberg
DVM, PhDProfessor, Anatomic Pathologydpsponen@vt.edu
540-231-4805Kurt L. Zimmerman
DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVPAssociate Professor, Anatomic and Clinical Pathologykzimmerm@vt.edu
Potential PhD Advisors
Areas of research interest can be found on individual faculty biographical pages, which can be found using links on department rosters.
Current Pathology Residents