The Ohio State University Program Overview
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ACVP Training Program Overview

Name of Institution: The Ohio State University
Address: Department of Veterinary Biosciences
Goss Laboratory, 1925 Coffey Road
Columbus, OH 43210

Program Coordinators and Emails:
Dr. Jessica Hokamp,
Dr. Ryan Jennings,
Dr. Shannon Binkley,,

Resident Representatives and Emails:
Clinical: Dr. Mackenzie Long,
Anatomic: Dr. Margaret Martinez,

Prerequisites Beyond DVM:
TOEFL (international veterinarians from non-English speaking countries); Ohio Veterinary Medical Licensure (initiated upon start of program)


Program Information:
Program  CP AP Combined MS/PhD
Program Options CP/PhD AP/PhD Combined Program Only!
Full Time Residents 4 15
Typical # of years for completion CP/PhD: 5 years AP/PhD: 5 years
Money to go to one (1) meeting/year Advisor Dependent Advisor Dependent
Money for books and supplies $1000 $1000
Independent research/publication required for program completion? Yes Yes

The Ohio State University, Department of Veterinary Biosciences (VBS) is one of three departments in the College of Veterinary Medicine, which is an important component of one of the most comprehensive health sciences centers in America. The department has a long and successful track record of training research pathologists, incorporating elements of both pathology residency training and graduate education and research into a seamless program with a typical targeted duration of 5 years.


Case Load:

 Small Animals Large Animals Exotic/Zoo Animals Lab Animals
Anatomic Pathology See below See below See below See below
Clinical Pathology See below See below See below See below

Autopsies: 989 total; mean 19/week; 69% small animal; 27% large animal; 4% exotic/zoo/lab animal

Surgical biopsies: 1314 total; mean 25/week; 84% small animal; 10% large animal; 6% exotic/zoo/lab animal

Clinical Pathology: 12,279 hematology cases; 3,161 cytology cases; 20,418 biochemistry cases


Required Coursework for Specific Programs:
 PhD Completion of #3 1-week lab rotations during YR1 to facilitate identification of research advisor. Research Seminar; Statistics; Bioethics; Other project-dependent courses
 AP Histopathology & Specialty Pathology Seminars; 6 terms of Advanced Systemic Pathology including 1 term covering laboratory animals & special species.
 CP Clinical Pathology & Specialty Pathology Seminars including Cytology; at least 1 term of Advanced Systemic Pathology (hepatobiliary, pancreatic, gastrointestinal, dermatologic).

Specialty training is offered in veterinary clinical & anatomic pathology, with both courses of study being similarly structured. In the first year, the program is pathology intensive, with instruction based upon service activities, didactic coursework & participation in regular seminar series. Approximately 10% effort is devoted to the identification of laboratories in which to pursue graduate education leading to the PhD degree. Years 2-5 are research intensive. Students engage in dissertation research, and participate in scientific meetings, workshops and seminar series that hone their skills as investigators in biomedical research. 

Other Opportunities:
Areas of research training in the Comparative & Veterinary Medicine Graduate Program reflect a broad scope of disciplines emphasizing "One Health" including: comparative oncology; pathophysiology & therapeutics; food safety & security; bacteriology, virology & immunology; & environmental health. Many activities in the program are designed to promote development of both written & verbal communication skills, which are important for pathologists in all career paths. This begins with the requirement for formal presentations in the College Research Seminar. Annual 1st & 2nd place awards for best seminar presentations are presented at the end of each academic year. Success in the research area is reflected in the quantity & quality of student first-authored publications, & student-driven manuscripts are evaluated annually as part of 1st & 2nd place publication awards. Students are expected to submit applications for extramural funding of stipends & research. This exercise hones scientific writing skills & has obvious economic benefits for both student & mentor. Since 1990, our trainees have been awarded upwards of 90 such extramural awards including 22 NIH-K awards, 50 NIH individual or institutional national research service awards, 5 ACVP/STP Coalition Fellowships, & the Genentech Veterinary Pathology Fellowship. Trainees are encouraged to coordinate the Phase I American College of Veterinary Pathologists (ACVP) Exam with the PhD candidacy examination. Preparation for the Phase II ACVP Certifying Examination generally begins in the fifth year of the program, as the dissertation draws to completion, & follows a carefully structured regimen that takes advantage of the large group of trainees; individuals typically prepare in groups, maximizing the economy of effort on behalf of both the student & faculty mentors, many of whom have served on the ACVP Exam Committee. Eleven OSU trainees since 1994 have also been recipients of the Harold W. Casey Scholarship Award which annually recognizes an outstanding individual training in pathology.


Percentage of Time Spent in Activities - Clinical Pathology:

Service  Teaching  Seminar/Courses  Research  Other 
Year 1 80 5 plus service components 5 10  
Year 2 15-20 0-5 5 80  
Year 3  10 <5 5 80-85  
Year 4 10 <5 5 80-85  

Additional training/resources are provided by the surgical pathology and autopsy services, University Comparative Pathology & Mouse Phenotyping Shared Resource, Clinical Immunophenotyping Service, and International Veterinary Renal Pathology Service. Opportunities exist to obtain clinical pathology teaching experience in the program through delivery of didactic lectures as well as laboratory, small group, electives, and senior rotation teaching. Since 2001, the cumulative pass rate for the ACVP Certifying Examination in Clinical Pathology is 100%. For more information, please visit:


Percentage of Time Spent in Activities - Anatomic Pathology:
Service Teaching Seminar/Courses Research Other
Year 1 80 Part of Service 10 10
Year 2 10 <5 20 65
Year 3 10 <5 5 80
Year 4 <5 <5 5 80-85

Pathology training utilizes laboratories at Ohio State University (OSU) which support autopsy, surgical pathology, and clinical pathology services for the large caseload in the Veterinary Medical Center, regional practitioners, the Columbus Zoo/Wilds, International Veterinary Renal Pathology Service, and the University Comparative Pathology & Mouse Phenotyping Shared Resource (CPMPSR) which provides anatomic and clinical pathology support to investigators within and outside OSU utilizing animal models of disease with an emphasis on genetically modified mice and pre-clinical efficacy and toxicity studies. Characterization of animal models is supported by an NIH training grant and draws upon submissions to the CPMPSR. Since 2001, the cumulative pass rate for the ACVP Certifying Examination in Anatomic Pathology is 93.6%. For more information, please visit:

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