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Organization/Company: MPI Research

Location: Mattawan, MI


Pathology Environment: Industral Lab - Contract Research Organization

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Length of Externship: 1-3 weeks

Time of Year: Any

Funding: None

Housing Provided: None


The externship is focused towards residents currently in anatomic pathology training programs who wish further training in and exposure to toxicologic and laboratory animal pathology. Opportunities are available for highly motivated third or fourth year veterinary students with experience in pathology and a demonstrable interest in toxicologic pathology. Trainees receive necropsy and microscopic pathology experience with a variety of laboratory animal species, as well as experience with general toxicologic pathology concepts within a Good Laboratory Practices environment.

MPI Research is a contract research organization (CRO) headquartered in southwest Michigan that provides preclinical and early clinical research services to pharmaceutical, medical device, chemical, biotechnology, and agricultural companies. There are a total of 16 anatomic and 3 clinical ACVP-boarded pathologists in the MPI Pathology Department, with an extensive history of training successful pathology residents. 1-2 residents are generally at MPI Research completing their final residency year, as part of the MPI Research/MSU Toxicologic Pathology Combined Training Program. Access to control tissues from a wide range of laboratory animal species and MPI's extensive historical control database provides a strong background in animal species that are not traditionally assessed in the academic residency training (mice, rats, primates, Gottingen minipigs, rabbits, etc.). Reviewing toxicology studies in conjunction with MPI pathologists provides a unique opportunity to experience and learn from hands-on training in general toxicologic pathology, as well as more specialized areas of preclinical research (device studies, vaccine studies, etc.). Abundant self-study materials are available, including slide sets, images, papers, and books.

Resident candidates should be enrolled in a veterinary anatomic pathology residency program or have recently completed their residency, and have a strong interest in toxicologic pathology. Veterinary student candidates should be enrolled in an AVMA-accredited veterinary college, be in their 3rd or 4th year, be highly self-motivated, and have a clear and demonstrable interest and ongoing experience in anatomic pathology, particularly histopathology. 

Enquiries should be directed to Dr. Keith Nelson ( and include curriculum vitae, contact information for references, and a letter of interest, describing professional background, interests and goals, and pathology experience and preparation. 


Dr. Keith Nelson
MPI Residency Coordinator
MPI Research
54943 North Main Street
Mattawan, MI 49071
Phone: (269)329-9879 x3166


Updated: 7/30/16

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