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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.

The major objectives of the residency program are:

  • to provide sufficient pathology training for the resident to achieve competency as a diagnostic pathologist
  • to enable the resident to qualify for board certification by the American College of Veterinary Pathologists
  • to 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.

For more information, please see the full program description of the Anatomic & Clinical Pathology Residency (PDF).


Pathology Training Program Mentors

 Residency Coordinator

Dr. Thomas Cecere

Thomas E. Cecere, DVM, MS, PhD, Diplomate ACVP
Assistant Professor, Anatomic Pathology
tcecere@vt.edu
540-231-8505


 Pathology Faculty

Dr. Bernard Jortner

Bernard S. Jortner, VMD, MS, Diplomate ACVP
Professor, Anatomic Pathology
bjortner@vt.edu
540-231-4817

Dr. Tanya LeRoith

Tanya LeRoith, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVP
Assistant Professor, Anatomic Pathology
tleroith@vt.edu
540-231-7627

Dr. Geoffrey Saunders

Geoffrey K. Saunders, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVP
Associate Professor, Anatomic Pathology
gsaun@vt.edu
540-231-7578

Dr. Phillip Sponenberg

D. Phillip Sponenberg, DVM, PhD
Professor, Anatomic Pathology
dpsponen@vt.edu
540-231-4805

Dr. Nicole M. Weinstein

Nicole M. Weinstein, DVM, Diplomate ACVP
Assistant Professor, Clinical Pathology
nweinste@vt.edu
540-231-8884

Dr. Kurt L. Zimmerman

Kurt L. Zimmerman, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVP
Associate Professor, Anatomic and Clinical Pathology
kzimmerm@vt.edu
540-231-3692


Potential PhD Advisors

Areas of research interest can be found on individual faculty biographical pages, which can be found using links on the following pages.


Current Pathology Residents

Dr. Sarah Hammond

Sarah Hammond, DVM
Clinical Pathology Resident
shammond@vt.edu

Dr. Pablo Piñeyro

Pablo Piñeyro, DVM
Anatomic Pathology Resident
pablop@vt.edu

Dr. Miranda Vieson

Miranda Vieson, DVM
Anatomic Pathology Resident
mvieson@vt.edu


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