Purdue University Program Overview
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ACVP Training Program Overview

Name of Institution: Purdue University
Address: 725 Harrison Street
Department of Comparative Pathobiology
College of Veterinary Medicine
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Program Coordinators and Emails:
Anatomic: Dr. Abby Cox, adcox@purdue.edu
Clinical: Dr. Craig A. Thompson, cathomps@purdue.edu

Resident Representatives and Emails:
Anatomic: Dr. Jessica Hanlon, jhanlon@purdue.edu
Clinical: Dr. Natalia Strandberg, nstrandb@purdue.edu

Prerequisites Beyond DVM:


Program Information:
Program  CP AP Combined MS/PhD
Program Options Yes Yes Yes, PhD depends on funding
Full Time Residents 3 7 4 post-residency PhD candidates
Typical # of years for completion 3 3 Non-thesis MS completed with residency; 2-3 additional years for optional PhD
Money to go to one (1) meeting/year Yes, presentation required Yes, presentation required Yes, presentation required
Money for books and supplies Yes, for shared resident library Yes, for shared resident library Depends of funding source
Independent research/publication required for program completion? Yes, one publication required Yes, one publication required Yes, one publication required

Purdue University is a partner university in the National Institutes of Health's Comparative Molecular Pathology Graduate Partnership Training Program


Case Load:

 Small Animals Large Animals Exotic/Zoo Animals Lab Animals
Anatomic Pathology 40 50 5 5
Clinical Pathology 60 35 5 <1

Necropsy and histopathology rotations in the ADDL constitute a major portion of residency training in anatomic pathology. Animals for necropsy and biopsy specimens come through the Veterinary Teaching Hospital and from private practitioners in Indiana and out-of-state. Depending on their other responsibilities (e.g., laboratory instruction for veterinary students, research obligations, board preparation), residents usually are on necropsy duty one afternoon a week.


Required Coursework for Specific Programs:
 MS Determined by graduate student and MS committee
 PhD Determined by graduate student and PhD committee
 AP Research weekly seminars
Advanced Vet Path weekly seminars
Lab Animal Pathology
Animal Models
Neoplastic Diseases
 CP Various weekly seminars
Histopathology for Clin Path Ethics
Neoplastic Diseases
Research Techniques


Percentage of Time Spent in Activities - Clinical Pathology:

Service  Teaching  Seminar/Courses  Research  Other 
Year 1 50 20 20 5 5
Year 2 25 40 20 5 10
Year 3  45 20 20 5 10
Year 4

Students may pursue PhD research interests with permission from advisors, however this typically occurs following the third year. Other time includes manuscript preparation for publication (1 required), board preparation time, clinical research projects (highly encouraged).

Website: www.vet.purdue.edu/cpb/


Percentage of Time Spent in Activities - Anatomic Pathology:
Service Teaching Seminar/Courses Research Other
Year 1 50 20 20 5 5
Year 2 25 40 20 5 10
Year 3 45 20 20 5 10
Year 4

Residents spend 2 semesters as a teaching assistant in general pathology & systemic pathology courses of the professional curriculum. This doubles the time spent in teaching activities and halves that devoted to diagnostic service; the teaching assistantship typically takes place in the 2nd year of the program. Submission or publication of a manuscript is one requirement of the residency, so time spent on "other" activities may include literature review and/or research for an investigative study, case series, retrospective study, or case report. In the third year of the residency, additional time spent on "other" activities may be targeted toward preparation for the ACVP certification examination. 

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