University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine
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Organization/Company: University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine

Location: Philadelphia, PA (small animal hospital) or Kennett Square, PA (large animal hospital)


Pathology Environment: Academic Laboratory

Discipline/Field of Study: Anatomic (includes clinical at the Philadelphia campus)

Length of Externship: 2-4 weeks

Time of Year: Anytime

Funding: n/a

Housing Provided: n/a

Description of Externship:

Our campus is split with the small animal hospital located in Philadelphia, PA and our large animal hospital, New Bolton Center (NBC), located in rural Chester County, PA.  Both campuses have pathology rotations for senior veterinary students. 

The small animal diagnostic services rotation involves daily autopsies on dogs, cats and exotic species, in addition to a clinical pathology component (cytology, hematology and biochemistry).  The hospital performs over 300 autopsies and 12,000 biopsies yearly.  Students are expected to perform complete autopsies and generate reports, complete cases and exercises (clinical pathology, biopsy, parasitology, microbiology), and complete a short pathology presentation and paper.

The large animal pathology service is also a part of the Pennsylvania Animal Diagnostic Laboratory system and performs autopsies on horses, ruminants, marine mammals, and local zoo animals.  During the large animal pathology rotation students are expected to perform complete autopsies and generate reports, in addition to participating in rounds. 

The externships are designed for non-University of Pennsylvania students with an interest in pathology as a career in their last year of veterinary school. For information and acceptance to participate in the externship program, please contact Drs. Charles Bradley ( and Amy Durham ( Upon approval, students then must apply through the Associate Dean's office. 


Updated: 3/23/16

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