University of Missouri Program Overview
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ACVP Training Program Overview

Name of Institution: University of Missouri
Address: Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory
825 E. Campus Loop
Columbia, MO 65211

Program Coordinators and Emails:
Anatomic: Dr. Kei Kuroki,
Clinical: Dr. Angela Royal,

Resident Representatives and Emails:
Clinical:  Anatomic:
Dr. Catherine Shoemake,
Dr. Sara Obeiter,
Dr. Kara De New,
Dr. Rosalie Ierardi,
Dr. Brett Havis,
Dr. Courtney Valerio,

Prerequisites Beyond DVM:
Must be able to obtain a veterinary license for the state of Missouri (individual license is required to work as a resident).  Experience in practice or internship is preferred, but not a requirement.


Program Information:
Program  CP AP Combined MS/PhD
Program Options All clinical pathology residencies encouraged to be combined with MS

Full Time Residents 3 3
Typical # of years for completion 3 3
Money to go to one (1) meeting/year Yes Yes
Money for books and supplies Annual professional development funds to use on travel, books, supplies, membership dues, etc. Annual professional development funds to use on travel, books, supplies, membership dues, etc.
Independent research/publication required for program completion? Required for MS No but encouraged


Case Load:

 Small Animals Large Animals Exotic/Zoo Animals Lab Animals
Anatomic Pathology 500 necropsy; 9,000 biopsy 500 necropsy 150 avian/100 misc.
Clinical Pathology 80% 15% <5% <5%

Clinical Pathology:  We average ~20 cytology cases/day which consist of approximately 35-45% samples from the teaching hospital and the remainder "mail-in" cases sent through our diagnostic laboratory. We therefore see a wide variety of pathologic processes, albeit most from small animals. Residents on service will additionally receive several blood films for review each day. Bone marrow biopsy samples are read out in our section.


Required Coursework for Specific Programs:
 AP -Necropsy
-Advanced histopathology
-Disease mechanisms
 CP When combined with MS: Adv Clinical Pathology, Mechanisms of Disease, Statistics, Adv. Histopathology
Optional: Immunology, Endocrinology, Public Health, Advanced Physiology, Infectious Diseases

Classes listed are available on-line or on-site within the College of Veterinary Medicine.  Many additional optional classes are available on other parts of campus.  Credit hours can also be obtained for designated research time and service work.


Percentage of Time Spent in Activities - Clinical Pathology:

Service  Teaching  Seminar/Courses  Research  Other 
Year 1 40 30 25 5  
Year 2 55 15 20 10  
Year 3  55 15 15 15  
Year 4


First year residents have a slightly higher teaching percentage as they help TA the veterinary student microanatomy course and spend additional time observing and assisting the 2nd and 3rd year residents as they teach clinical rotation students.  The remainder of teaching duties include instruction of clinical rotation students, assisting with lab sessions for the didactic clinical pathology course, instructing elective students while on service, and an option of preparing a lecture for the didactic clinical pathology course.  Research percentage for each year of the program can vary depending on each specific project.


Percentage of Time Spent in Activities - Anatomic Pathology:
Service Teaching Seminar/Courses Research Other
Year 1 1-2 necropsy days/wk
1 weekend/mo
5-10 biopsies/wk
Microanatomy (VM1)
Necropsy (VM3&4)
Graduate Courses pertaining to board exam

Year 2 2 necropsy days/wk
1 weekend/mo
10 biopsies/wk
Necropsy (VM3&4) Rounds
Graduate courses pertaining to board exam

Year 3 1-2 necropsy days/week
1 weekend/mo
10 biopsies/wk
Necropsy (VM3&4) Rounds
Graduate courses pertaining to board exam

Year 4

There are many specialty rounds (e.g., dermatopathology, neuropathology, ocular pathology, clinical pathology, oncology, biochemistry, bone marrow, etc) and residents are expected to actively participate those rounds.

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