University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Program Overview
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ACVP Training Program Overview

Name of Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)
Address: Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
2001 South Lincoln Avenue
Urbana, IL 61802

Program Coordinators and Emails:
Anatomic: Dr. Miranda D. Vieson, mvieson@illinois.edu
Clinical: Dr. Anne M. Barger, abarger@illinois.edu
Zoological Pathology Program: Dr. Karen Terio, kterio@illinois.edu

Resident Representatives and Emails:
Anatomic: Dr. Natalie Kirk, nk5@illinois.edu
Clinical: Dr. Danielle Gordon, dlgordon@illinois.edu
Zoological: Dr. Caitlin Burrell, burrell3@illinois.edu

Prerequisites Beyond DVM:
GRE scores, good academic standing in veterinary school, good letters of recommendation (3) required for application

 

Program Information:
Program  CP AP Combined MS/PhD
Program Options Residency/MS/PhD Anatomic
Zoological
Yes
Combined MS (non-thesis or thesis); option for PhD
Full Time Residents 3 3 Anatomic
3 Zoological

Typical # of years for completion 3 3 3 combined MS
5-6 combined PhD
Money to go to one (1) meeting/year Yes Yes
Money for books and supplies Office space, computer, microscope, shared library space and study material Office space, computer, microscope, shared library space and study material
Independent research/publication required for program completion? For non-thesis masters For non-thesis masters Yes

Comments:
- Weekly necropsy gross rounds and histopathology seminar
- Regular rounds including cytology, dermatopathology, neuropathology, ocular pathology
- Mock exams - gross and histopathology
- General pathology discussion groups
- Pathology literature review/journal club

 

Case Load:

 Small Animals Large Animals Exotic/Zoo Animals Lab Animals
Anatomic Pathology 45 35 15 5
Clinical Pathology 70 7 15 8

Comments:
Anatomic Pathology: A little over 1200 necropsy cases, 250 NIABs, and 8000 biopsies cases were accessioned in 2017. Residents are on a weekly schedule with increasing case caps on necropsy and biopsy case assignment over 3 years.

Zoological Pathology Program (Chicago): Close to 1700 total cases approximately 20% of which are biopsies and cytologies. Species distribution is approximately 20% fish, 20% amphibian/reptile, 20% bird, 40% non-domestic mammal. Residents have a weekly cap on cases.

 

Required Coursework for Specific Programs:
 MS -Biostatistics
-Thesis or non-thesis research
-Graduate-level courses offered in pathobiology, veterinary clinical medicine, comparative biosciences, etc.
 PhD -Biostatistics
-Thesis or non-thesis research
-Graduate-level courses offered in pathobiology, veterinary clinical medicine, comparative biosciences, etc.
 AP Residents receive credit for surgical biopsy and necropsy service in addition to some specialty pathology rounds
 CP Residents receive credit for surgical biopsy and necropsy service in addition to some specialty pathology rounds

Comments:
Residents will enroll in a graduate program through the College of Veterinary Medicine at University of Illinois. After the first year, a graduate advisory committee should be formed. Graduate-level course selection will be based on the requirements of the graduate program, residency, and graduate advisory committee. Research opportunities within the college are diverse. To see the breadth of ongoing research, it would be advisable to search through the college faculty member profiles.

Other Opportunities:
- Transition from masters to a PhD program is available pending an appropriate research mentor and funding are identified. This transition can occur while in the program and does not necessarily have to be identified from the start of the program.
- Residents are encouraged to present cases and material at meetings such as the midwest veterinary pathology meeting (MAVP), ACVP, AAVLD.
-Clin path residents participate in an annual mock examination and are encouraged to attend the Purdue bone marrow workshop at least once during their residency.
- Zoological Pathology Program residents may have opportunities, as available, for off-site rotations with collaborating conservation organizations.

 

Percentage of Time Spent in Activities - Clinical Pathology:

Service  Teaching  Seminar/Courses  Research  Other 
Year 1 45 35 15 variable  
Year 2 40 25 20 15  
Year 3  30 25 20 25  
Year 4 PhD only


 

Comments:
The fourth year is only for PhD students and service would be limited, the greatest emphasis would be research and courses. Teaching includes primarily instruction of fourth-year students but also assistance with laboratories for the second-year course and participation in the clinical rotations of first- and second- year students.

 

Percentage of Time Spent in Activities - Anatomic Pathology:
Service Teaching Seminar/Courses Research Other
Year 1 40 25 30 variable
Year 2 40 25 25 10
Year 3 30 20 25 25
Year 4



Comments:
Teaching comprises instruction of VM4 students on the necropsy floor, morning seminar sessions to VM4 students while they're on the diagnostics rotation, serving as a TA for general and systems pathology laboratory sessions to VM2 students.

The ZPP resident spends their first year of training at the Urbana campus of the VDL; years 2 and 3 are spent at the Chicago campus of the VDL with a focus on zoological pathology.

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