Washington State University Program Overview
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ACVP Training Program Overview

Name of Institution: Washington State University
Address: Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology
Bustad Hall, College of Veterinary Medicine
Pullman, WA 99164-7040

Program Coordinators and Emails:
Dr. Joshua David Ramsay, jdr105@wsu.edu

Resident Representatives and Emails:
Dr. Ryan Oliveira, ryan.oliveira@wsu.edu

Prerequisites Beyond DVM:
None, but research experience is preferred


Program Information:
Program  CP AP Combined MS/PhD
Program Options
Full Time Residents
Typical # of years for completion
5-6 years
Money to go to one (1) meeting/year
Yes, if presenting
Money for books and supplies
No, but shared books and supplies are provided
Independent research/publication required for program completion?

The program at Washington State University combines anatomic pathology residency training in a fully accredited diagnostic laboratory (http://www.waddl.vetmed.wsu.edu) with state-of-the-art training in biomedical research leading to a PhD degree.  Residents train under the direction of 9 ACVP board certified pathologists and are eligible for ACVP certification. Graduates are highly recruited for positions in academia, biotechnology and pharmaceutical research, and state and national laboratories.


Case Load:

 Small Animals Large Animals Exotic/Zoo Animals Lab Animals
Anatomic Pathology Necropsy: 310 Histopath: 3,739 Necropsy: 572 Histopath: 1,118 Necropsy: 204 Histopath: 1,056 Necropsy: 17 Histopath: 36
Clinical Pathology

Histopath = this number includes histopathology on in-house necropsies, field necropsies, and surgical biopsies.


Required Coursework for Specific Programs:
 PhD 1. Statistical methods for graduate researchers
2. Mechanisms of disease
3. Topics in biomedical experimentation
4. Immunopathology
5. Research seminar
 AP 1. Advances in diagnostic pathology
2. Anatomic pathology seminar

PhD- There are several optional courses that can be selected based on the student's interests and research focus.  Optional courses: Molecular Biology, General Biochemistry, Immunology, Cell Biology, Deconstruction of Research,  and General Virology. 

AP- Residents are enrolled in both courses each semester for the duration of the program. These courses include regular necropsy and biopsy duty, and a seminar style course designed to increase the depth and breadth of resident training in gross pathology, histopathology and disease pathogenesis.

Other Opportunities:
- Unique diagnostic and research opportunities with wild and captive bighorn sheep, racehorses, SCID horses, amphibians and cold-water fish including over 200 diagnostic fish biopsies that are distributed to the residents 
- Core rounds: Gross pathology, Histopathology, Wednesday Slide Conference
- Special rounds opportunities: Oncology, Clinical Pathology, Neurology
- Each semester 2-3 outside pathologists with special expertise (e.g., zoo and wildlife pathology, primate pathology, dermatology, etc.) are invited to give guest seminars in the Anatomic Pathology Seminar course.


Percentage of Time Spent in Activities - Anatomic Pathology:
Service Teaching Seminar/Courses Research Other
Year 1 70 5: 4th-year DVM students on necropsy 15 10
Year 2 60 5: 4th-year DVM students on necropsy 15 20
Year 3 40 15: 4th-year DVM students on necropsy and 2nd-year Systemic Pathology Lab 10 35 Opportunity to participate in diagnostic challenges
Year 4 20
5 75 Lecture opportunities in the DVM curriculum are available for interested students

• Diagnostic Challenges are multi-day, multidisciplinary, case-based exercises within the DVM curriculum that are conducted collaboratively by instructors in Pathology, Clinical Pathology, Bacteriology/Mycology, Virology, Immunology, and Toxicology.
• Formal lecture experience is not a requirement for graduation; however, the department strongly encourages trainees to participate

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