Anatomic & Clinical Pathology Combined Residency/Graduate Program

Program Overview

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

Residency Coordinators

  • Dr. Sarah Barrett
    Sarah Barrett
    DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVP
    Clinical Pathology Residency Coordinator
    Clinical Assistant Professor, Clinical Pathology
  • Dr. Thomas Cecere
    Thomas E. Cecere
    DVM, MS, PhD, Diplomate ACVP
    Anatomic Pathology Residency Coordinator
    Assistant Professor, Anatomic Pathology
    tcecere@vt.edu
    540-231-8505

Pathology Faculty

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

Graduate Student Life in Blacksburg