Texas A&M University Program Overview
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ACVP Training Program Overview

Name of Institution: Texas A&M University
Address: Department of Veterinary Pathobiology
4467 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-4467

Program Coordinators and Emails:
Anatomic: Dr. Brian Porter, bporter@cvm.tamu.edu
Clinical: Dr. Karen Russell, krussell@cvm.tamu.edu

Resident Representatives and Emails:
 
Clinical:  Anatomic:
Dr. Carolina Azevedo, cazevedo@cvm.tamu.edu
Dr. Candice Chu, cchu@cvm.tamu.edu
Dr. Carmen Lau, clau@cvm.tamu.edu
Dr. Brianne Taylor, btaylor@cvm.edu

 

Prerequisites Beyond DVM:
GRE Scores

 

Program Information:
Program  CP AP Combined MS/PhD
Program Options Yes Yes Yes
Full Time Residents 3 8 -
Typical # of years for completion 3 3 MS 6
PhD 6
Money to go to one (1) meeting/year Yes Yes -
Money for books and supplies No No -
Independent research/publication required for program completion? Yes Yes Yes

Comments:
The program is a combined residency/PhD program and consists of diagnostic service rotations, formal coursework, and a variety of regular diagnostic and research seminars. Residents are encouraged to complete the PhD degree, but those who decide not to pursue a PhD can earn a Master's degree (either thesis or non-thesis). Benefits include full tuition coverage, health insurance, travel to meetings, and retirement benefits.

 

Case Load:

 Small Animals Large Animals Exotic/Zoo Animals Lab Animals
Anatomic Pathology 60 25 10 5
Clinical Pathology 65 20 10 5

Comments:
Annual case load for anatomic pathology: Necropsies = 1200; Biopsies = 900

Annual case load for clinical pathology: Hematology = 8,283; Chemistry = 10,234; Cytology = 2,230; Coagulation = 1,251; Urinalysis = 2,869; Blood bank = 298

 

Required Coursework for Specific Programs:
 MS 1. Mechanisms of Disease
2. Mechanisms of Metabolic Disease
3. Neoplastic Disease
4. Statistics
5. Immunology
6. Diseases of Lab Animals
 PhD 1. Mechanisms of Disease
2. Mechanisms of Metabolic Disease
3. Neoplastic Disease
4. Statistics
5. Immunology
6. Diseases of Lab Animals
 AP 1. Systemic Pathology I
2. Systemic Pathology II
3. Histopathology Seminar
 CP 1. Systemic Pathology I
2. Systemic Pathology II
3. Histopathology Seminar

Comments:
All residents take coursework during the residency, generally 3-5 credits per semester. Other than the three required courses, residents have the freedom to choose courses that fit their interests. The courses listed under MS and PhD above are a small sampling of the courses available. The many diverse areas of faculty specialization within the department provide excellent opportunities for graduate study.

Other Opportunities:
Signature research programs within the college include cardiovascular sciences, neurosciences, environmental medicine/toxicology, biodefense and emerging infectious diseases, reproductive biology, and biomedical genomics. Research centers and institutes include the Texas A&M Institute for Preclinical Studies, the National Homeland Security Center for Foreign Animal and Zoonotic Disease Defense, the Michael E. DeBakey Institute for Comparative Cardiovascular Science and Biomedical Devices, and the Schubot Exotic Bird Health Center.

Research centers and institutes include the Texas A&M Institute for Preclinical Studies, the National Homeland Security Center for Foreign Animal and Zoonotic Disease Defense, the Michael E. DeBakey Institute for Comparative Cardiovascular Science and Biomedical Devices, and the Schubot Exotic Bird Health Center. Research opportunities also exist at the Texas A&M School of Medicine and the Institute of Biosciences and Technology, a branch of Texas A&M in Houston's Texas Medical Center.

 

Percentage of Time Spent in Activities - Clinical Pathology:

Service  Teaching  Seminar/Courses  Research  Other 
Year 1 Full time resident 50
Combined program 50
Full time resident 20
Combined program 20
Full time resident 20
Combined program 20
Full time resident 0
Combined Program 0
Independent Study
Full time resident 10
Combined program 10
Year 2 Full time resident 25
Combined program 25
Full time resident 20
Combined program 20
Full time resident 20
Combined program 20
Full time resident 0
Combined program 20
Independent Study
Full time resident 35
Combined program 15
Year 3  Full time resident 50
Combined program 25
Full time resident 20
Combined program 20
Full time resident 20
Combined program 20
Full time resident 0
Combined program 25
Independent Study
Full time resident 10
Combined program 10
Year 4 Combined program 10 Combined program 10 Combined program 10 Combined program 10  

Comments:
Weekly clinical pathology rounds, seminar (spring semester), and journal club. Residents also have options of attending small and/or large animal medicine rounds, ICU rounds, and mortality and morbidity rounds, as well as rounds for the anatomic pathology residents. A yearly mock board examination is given. Options to teach in small group settings as well as giving didactic lectures in the professional curriculum. Options to do 1 to 2 week rotations in necropsy, surgical pathology, or externships with outside referral diagnostic laboratories. Small research projects are encouraged; opportunities to contribute to book chapters, case reports, retrospective studies, and/or research manuscripts.

 

Percentage of Time Spent in Activities - Anatomic Pathology:
Service Teaching Seminar/Courses Research Other
Year 1 Full time resident 50
Combined program 50
Full time resident 10
Combined program 10
Full time resident 20
Combined program 20
Full time resident 0
Combined program 0
Independent Study
Full time resident 20
Combined program 20
Year 2 Full time resident 50
Combined program 40
Full time resident 10
Combined program 10

Full time resident 20
Combined program 20

Full time resident 0
Combined program 20
Independent Study
Full time resident 20
Combined program 20
Year 3 Full time resident 50
Combined program 20
Full time resident 10
Combined program 5
Full time resident 20
Combined program 10
Full time resident 0
Combined program 45
Independent Study
Full time resident 20
Combined program 20
Year 4 Combined program 0-10 Combined program 0 Combined program 0 Combined program 80-90

Comments:
Regular rounds/seminars include Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL) Rounds, Neuropathology Rounds, Dermatopathology Rounds, Gross Pathology Rounds, Gross Pathology Quiz, JCP Wednesday Slide Conference Rounds, Ocular Pathology Rounds, Histopathology Seminar, and a weekly departmental research seminar. Specialty diagnostic services in dermatopathology and osteopathology offer unique training opportunities. Training in cardiovascular pathology is available through the Texas A&M Cardiovascular Pathology Laboratory. A yearly mock ACVP exam is given. 

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