University of Guelph Program Overview
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ACVP Training Program Overview

Name of Institution: University of Guelph
Address: Department of Pathobiology
University of Guelph
Guelph, Ontario, Canada, N1G 2W1
CANADA

Program Coordinators and Emails:
Anatomic: Dr. Brandon Lillie, blillie@uoguelph.ca
Clinical: Dr. Dorothee Bienzle, dbienzle@uoguelph.ca

Resident Representatives:
Dr. Gary Lee
Dr. Latasha Ludwig

Prerequisites Beyond DVM:
None

 

Program Information:
Program  CP AP Combined MS/PhD
Program Options DVSc DVSc PhD program integrated with applied training
Full Time Residents 2-3 5 Variable: 1-2 (CP)
2-3 (AP)
Typical # of years for completion 3 3-3.5 4-5
Money to go to one (1) meeting/year Yes, from research advisor Yes, from research advisor Yes, from research advisor
Money for books and supplies Stipend for graduate program Stipend for graduate program Stipend for graduate program
Independent research/publication required for program completion? Yes, with thesis Yes, with thesis Yes, with thesis

Comments:
The Doctor of Veterinary Science is a 3-year applied doctoral program that leads to eligibility for the certifying examination of the ACVP. It combines coursework, participation in applied pathology service, and an investigative research project that leads to a doctoral thesis. The PhD program has a greater emphasis on research, but can also include applied training leading to ACVP eligibility.

 

Case Load:

 Small Animals Large Animals Exotic/Zoo Animals Lab Animals
Anatomic Pathology See below See below 51 Separate service
Clinical Pathology



Comments:
The AHL receives ~ 2500 necropsy submissions: ~55% dog/cat/horse, ~35% food animal (mammalian & avian), 5% exotics; and ~7000 histology/“mail- in” submissions (70% dog/ cat/ horse/other). Of these, trainees evaluate ~800 autopsies (40% food animal, and 60% dog/ cat/ horse/other). The biopsy caseload for trainees is not specifically tracked; it is typically 3-7 cases per day. Lab animal pathology is a separate service, and anatomic pathology trainees do not normally participate in this service. The AHL receives approximately 50,000/yr submissions for Clinical Pathology.

 

Required Coursework for Specific Programs:
 MS 3 courses
 PhD None required, typically take 2-3 courses
 AP DVSc: 5 courses
 CP DVSc: 5 courses

Comments:
Formal graduate courses in General Pathology and in Applied Diagnostic Pathology including Systems Pathology are typically taken by all pathology graduate students. Courses in Comparative Pathology, Immunology, Statistics and others are available. Clinical Pathology graduates take 3 Applied Clinical Pathology courses, and the didactic courses of Mechanisms of Disease, Hematology/Cytology, and Clinical Chemistry.

Other Opportunities:
The DVSc research project is conducted over the 3 years of the program, capitalizes on the diverse research strengths and excellent research infrastructure of the department, and typically results in 1-2 published manuscripts. The research project requires a thesis and a defense with an external examiner.

 

Percentage of Time Spent in Activities - Clinical Pathology:

Service  Teaching  Seminar/Courses  Research  Other 
Year 1 45 5 30 20  
Year 2 40 5 20 35  
Year 3  30 5 20 45  
Year 4



 

Comments:
- Distribution of effort is approximate and varies depending on the interests, performance, and goals of the graduate student.
- There is close interaction with the Animal Health Laboratory, an AAVLD accredited veterinary diagnostic laboratory.
- The Department of Pathobiology and Animal Health Laboratory together employ 22 pathologists.
- Broad selection of applied and fundamental courses relevant to anatomic, clinical, and comparative pathology.
- Numerous weekly gross and microscopic rounds sessions.
- Ancillary technologies in routine use: immunohistochemistry, flow cytometry, molecular diagnostics.

 

Percentage of Time Spent in Activities - Anatomic Pathology:
Service Teaching Seminar/Courses Research Other
Year 1 33 Included in "service" 45 22
Year 2 33 Included in "service" 33 33
Year 3 33 Included in "service" 22 45
Year 4



Comments:
- Distribution of effort among these activities is approximate, not formally defined, and varies depending on the interests, performance and goals of the graduate student.
- Close interaction with the Animal Health Laboratory, an AAVLD accredited veterinary diagnostic laboratory.
- Department of Pathobiology and Animal Health Laboratory combined employ 22 pathologists.
- Broad selection of applied and fundamental courses relevant to anatomic, clinical and comparative pathology.
- Numerous weekly gross and microscopic rounds sessions.
- Specialists in Laboratory Animal, Wildlife, Zoo Animal and Mouse Model Pathology.
- Ancillary technologies in routine use: immunohistochemistry, flow cytometry, molecular diagnostics.

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