Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine Program Overview
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ACVP Training Program Overview

Name of Institution: Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
Address: Virginia Tech
205 Duckpond Dr.
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Program Coordinators and Emails:
Clinical: Dr. Sarah Barrett,
Anatomic: Dr. Tom Cecere,

Resident Representatives and Emails:
Dr. Vanessa Oakes,
Dr. Brie Trusiano,
Dr. Anna Hassebroek,

Prerequisites Beyond DVM:


Program Information:
Program  CP AP Combined MS/PhD
Program Options CP/PhD combined program AP/PhD combined program Combined program only
Full Time Residents 1 2
Typical # of years for completion 5 5
Money to go to one (1) meeting/year Yes, provided by department Yes, provided by department
Money for books and supplies Yes, for shared resident library Yes, for shared resident library
Independent research/publication required for program completion? Yes, research requirements for PhD program Yes, research requirements for PhD program

The anatomic and clinical pathology residency program at Virginia-Maryland is a combined residency/PhD program.


Case Load:

 Small Animals Large Animals Exotic/Zoo Animals Lab Animals
Anatomic Pathology 50 40 5 5
Clinical Pathology 60 35 1 4

Diagnostic/training caseload comes from the College's Veterinary Teaching Hospital, including in-house services and ambulatory equine and food animal services, and regional referral veterinary clinics. The Virginia Tech Animal Diagnostic Laboratory (ViTALS) is fully accredited by the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians.


Required Coursework for Specific Programs:
 PhD Determined by PhD advisor and graduate program
 AP Determined by PhD advisor and graduate program

The Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences graduate program at the VMCVM is designed to train scholars and researchers who will benefit animal and human health by advancing veterinary and biomedical knowledge. Specific focus areas within the program are aimed at infectious disease, regenerative medicine, immune and inflammatory responses, and public health.

Other Opportunities:
Clinical Pathology residents participate in a multi-institutional regional annual mock exam in preparation for the board examination.


Percentage of Time Spent in Activities - Clinical Pathology:

Service  Teaching  Seminar/Courses  Research  Other 
Year 1 50 10 30 10  
Year 2 50 10 30 10  
Year 3  40 5 10 20 25
Year 4 10 5 5 80  

Other: Year 3 includes protected study time for the Phase 2 portion of the board certification examination. The program is designed to focus primarily on residency training and coursework initially, with a transition to the doctoral program following Phase 2 of the board examination. Residents have opportunities to teach in small group multi-headed microscope sessions, didactic sessions, and lab sessions.


Percentage of Time Spent in Activities - Anatomic Pathology:
Service Teaching Seminar/Courses Research Other
Year 1 55 5 30 10
Year 2 55 5 30 10
Year 3 45 5 10 40
Year 4 10 0 5 85

The first two years are dedicated to clinical service and graduate coursework, the third year transitions from clinical duty to research effort, and the final two years are dedicated to the PhD program with reduced clinical service expectations. Residents are expected to take Phase I of the ACVP certifying examination in year 2 of the program and Phase II of the certifying examination following the 3rd year of the program.

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