University of Pennsylvania Program Overview
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ACVP Training Program Overview

Name of Institution: University of Pennsylvania
Address: Penn Vet
3900 Delancey Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Program Coordinators and Emails:
Dr. Amy Durham,

Resident Representatives and Emails:
Senior Resident: Dr. Matt Lanza,
Second-Year Fellow, Comparative Pathology Core: Dr. Charley Assenmacher,

Prerequisites Beyond DVM:


Program Information:
Program  CP AP Combined MS/PhD
Program Options Not currently, hopefully again in the next 2 years Yes Not yet a formal combined program. Opportunity for graduate programs
Full Time Residents 0 6
Typical # of years for completion 3 3
Money to go to one (1) meeting/year N/A Yes
Money for books and supplies N/A Yes
Independent research/publication required for program completion? N/A Yes

-Specialty Rounds include: Biopsy, Small and Large Animal Systems, Neuropathology, Dermatopathology, Ocular Pathology, Cytology, Journal Club, Laboratory Animal Pathology & JPC.
-There are post-residency MS/PhD opportunities available.
-The program is affiliated with Medical and Dental Schools, Abramson Cancer Center, Wistar and CHOP.
-Unique opportunities available include dedicated externship time and rotations in the Comparative Pathology Core.


Case Load:

 Small Animals Large Animals Exotic/Zoo Animals Lab Animals
Anatomic Pathology 12,000 biopsies; 400 autopsies 500 biopsies; 800 autopsies Approximately 50/yr Mice; Comparative Pathology Core (500/yr)
Clinical Pathology 4500 cytologies 500 cytologies 50 cytologies

Exotic/zoo animals are seen in both the small and large animal (NBC) hospitals; wildlife animals are seen mainly at NBC.  Rodent pathology is performed through the Comparative Pathology Core, through which residents routinely rotate.  Other research/lab animal species are examined through the small animal service.


Required Coursework for Specific Programs:
 AP none
 CP none


Other Opportunities:
The veterinary anatomic pathology residency program in the Department of Pathobiology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine is a 3-year position intended for the training of individuals for ACVP board certification. Under the direct supervision of full-time faculty members, trainees receive advanced instruction with an emphasis on gross and microscopic pathology of case material, including autopsies on animals submitted from the veterinary hospitals (Philadelphia and New Bolton Center), laboratory animals from University research facilities, and surgical pathology specimens from our hospital and referring veterinary practitioners (with about 40-60 biopsies per day). The responsibilities and opportunities entailed by the residency program include weekly microscopic and gross rounds, monthly specialty rounds including ocular pathology, neuropathology, dermatopathology, laboratory animal pathology, cytology, and journal club, and departmental and university seminars. With guidance from the faculty, all residents are required to attend and present at the ACVP/ASVCP annual meeting, and are strongly encouraged to submit a first-authored manuscript to a refereed journal as approved by the American College of Veterinary Pathologists.  Residents are expected to participate in the instruction of interns and veterinary students as requested by the program director and associated faculty.  Residents can also complete externships outside of the University. Please visit our website:


Percentage of Time Spent in Activities - Anatomic Pathology:
Service Teaching Seminar/Courses Research Other
Year 1 50 10 10 5-15 15-20
Year 2 60 10 10 10-15 5-10
Year 3 60 10 10 10-15 5-10
Year 4

*Anatomic Pathology residents' service time is spent on autopsy, biopsy and specialty services such as dermatopathology, neuropathology, ocular pathology, and Comparative Pathology Core.
*Residents are integral in teaching 4th-year veterinary students and participate heavily in the 2nd-year pathology course.
*Residents have a rigorous rounds schedule including: JPC, biopsy, dermatopathology, neuropathology, ocular pathology, clinical pathology, journal club, lab animal pathology and small & large animal systems rounds. Residents are expected to attend seminars in the Pathobiology Department and hospital grand rounds.
*Post-residency PhD opportunities are available within the graduate group in Cell and Molecular Biology and Pathobiology.
*Residents are allotted time (up to 3 months) to complete externships of their choice.

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