University of Minnesota Program Overview
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ACVP Training Program Overview

Name of Institution: University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine
Address: CP: 1365 Gortner Avenue
AP: 1333 Gortner Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108-1098

Program Coordinators and Emails:
Clinical: Dr. Davis Seelig,
Anatomic: Dr. Christina Foutz,
Anatomic: Dr. Erik Olson,

Resident Representatives and Emails:
Clinical: Dr. Courtney Johnson,
Clinical: Dr. Jennifer Bouschor,
Anatomic: Dr. Kendall Langsten,

Prerequisites Beyond DVM:
Clinical Pathology: Internship or equivalent clinical experience preferred.
Anatomic Pathology: Evidence of interest or work in the pathology realm during DVM or post-DVM training preferred.


Program Information:
Program  CP AP Combined MS/PhD
Program Options Graduate options (MS/PhD) are available for the interested and suitable candidate Potential to pursue PhD after completion of residency (NIH T32 funding for qualified individuals)
Full Time Residents 2 3
Typical # of years for completion 3 3
Money to go to one (1) meeting/year $1,000 As needed at discretion of the VDL director
Money for books and supplies See above $1000/year
Independent research/publication required for program completion? Very strongly encouraged (case report and primary research project) Case reports are strongly encouraged

Clinical Pathology: Residents provide diagnostic support to the teaching hospital, engage in clinical pathology instruction, and participate in at least 1 clinical or basic research project.  

Anatomic Pathology: The residency is primarily based at the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at the College of Veterinary Medicine.  Residents rotate through necropsy and biopsy diagnostic services (both internal and external clients) as well as provide teaching in the DVM curriculum and 4th year rotations.


Case Load:

 Small Animals Large Animals Exotic/Zoo Animals Lab Animals
Anatomic Pathology 78% 15% 5% 2%
Clinical Pathology 49925 3026 187 3515

Clinical Pathology: Our caseload largely reflects submissions from the UMN Veterinary Medical Center and researchers from the UMN Academic Health Center with lesser numbers from the regional zoos and raptor center.  The lab animal samples reflect a mixture of large animal, non-human primates, and rodent samples. 

Anatomic Pathology: The overall caseload is quite high.  There are opportunities for more exposure to production, exotic/zoo, and laboratory animals depending on the interest of the individual resident.


Required Coursework for Specific Programs:
 MS See UMN CVM Graduate School website:
 PhD See UMN CVM Graduate School website:
 AP Unless a graduate degree is desired, there is no required coursework for the Anatomic Pathology program
 CP Unless a graduate degree is desired, there is no required coursework for the Clinical Pathology program

Clinical Pathology:  Although not taken for graduate credit, participation in weekly CP rounds, resident journal club, chemistry rounds, morbidity and mortality rounds, and CVM-wide grand rounds is required.  

Anatomic Pathology: Although not taken for graduate credit, participation in weekly histopathology slide conference, gross pathology rounds, journal club, general pathology rounds, clinical pathology rounds (presented by the clinical pathology service), and cardiopathology rounds (presented monthly by the cardiology department) is required. 

Other Opportunities:
Clinical Pathology: Depending upon the candidate's interest, there are opportunities to participate in seminar series and rounds throughout the UMN Academic Health Center, including those held in the human CP and hematopathology group and the Masonic Cancer Center.


Percentage of Time Spent in Activities - Clinical Pathology:

Service  Teaching  Seminar/Courses  Research  Other 
Year 1 50 20 5 25  
Year 2 50 20 5 25  
Year 3  50 20 5 25  
Year 4



Percentage of Time Spent in Activities - Anatomic Pathology:
Service Teaching Seminar/Courses Research Other
Year 1 45 45 8 2
Year 2 45 45 8 2
Year 3 45 45 8 2
Year 4

Anatomic pathology: While the percentages of service, teaching, and seminars tend to stay the same throughout the three years, the distribution between necropsy floor duty, biopsy service, and other interests (e.g., production animal, lab animal, research) will vary over the three years.  During the second and third year, there is time available for residents to pursue interests through externships at other institutions or other local services through the University.  The residency program is affiliated with the Masonic Cancer Center and Experimental Surgical Services providing the opportunity for exposure to laboratory animal cases with resident interest.  The Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory has a very high caseload of production animals with many production animal diagnosticians allowing the opportunity for training in production animal diagnostics as well.  There are also board certified zoo/exotics and avian pathologists with large caseloads to allow exposure to these species for interested residents.

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