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Oklahoma State University
Center for Veterinary Health Sciences

Healthy Animals - Healthy People

Anatomic Pathology Residency Program

About the Program

The Anatomic Pathology Residency Program provides three years of advanced training in anatomic pathology to serve as a foundation for becoming a competent diagnostic pathologist and to help prepare the trainee for certification by the American College of Veterinary Pathologists (ACVP).

This program provides training in morphologic pathology of companion animals, food animals, horses, birds, laboratory animals, and exotic species. Aside from training in diagnostic gross and microscopic pathology and disease pathogenesis, residents will learn principles of general pathology at the molecular leve,l as well as an understanding of clinical pathology. 

The primary mode of resident instruction is based on trainee participation in necropsy and biopsy service duty under the supervision of a senior pathologist. Cases include those submitted from OSU’s Boren Veterinary Medical  Hospital and cases submitted to Oklahoma Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory from the surrounding geographical region. Residents typically participate in approximately 14 weeks of necropsy duty and 14 weeks of biopsy duty per year.

In addition to necropsy and biopsy casework, trainees participate in gross rounds, biopsy rounds, histopathology slide conferences, other relevant rounds and journal clubs. An intense level of directed independent study is required of trainees.

The anatomic pathology residency program emphasizes training in diagnostic pathology and is not a combined residency/graduate program. Trainees have the option of continuation in a graduate program following completion of residency requirements. During the residency program, trainees are strongly encouraged to participate in the publication of case reports and/or small collaborative research projects. 

Coordinator Contact Information

Melanie A. Breshears, DVM, Ph.D., DACVP
260A McElroy Hall
melanie.breshears@okstate.edu
p:405-744-4463
f:405-744-4521