Pathology Residency

using a phoropterAbout the Program

The Department of Veterinary Pathobiology (VTPB) has a dynamic and successful pathology residency program. The program trains residents to become competent diagnostic pathologists and builds a foundation for graduate research training. The three-year program fulfills the eligibility requirements for the American College of Veterinary Pathologists (ACVP) certification examination, and the program has an outstanding record of trainees becoming ACVP diplomates.

The department supports residency positions in clinical pathology and anatomic pathology. The program consists of diagnostic service rotations, formal coursework, and a variety of regular diagnostic and research seminars. The many diverse areas of faculty specialization within the department provide excellent opportunities for graduate study. The department provides diagnostic services in clinical, surgical, and necropsy pathology to the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital (VMTH). Residents obtain teaching experience by instructing veterinary students in the second year pathology course (didactic lectures and laboratories) and fourth-year necropsy/clinical pathology rotations. Stipends and benefits are highly competitive with similar programs.

Residents are strongly encouraged to identify a Ph.D. research mentor and to begin working on a research project during the residency. Sources of post-residency Ph.D. stipend support include an NIH T32 institutional training grant. In addition to numerous research opportunities within the college, residents have the option of performing research at the College of Medicine and the Institute of Biosciences and Technology in the Texas Medical Center in Houston.

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The College

The Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM) consistently ranks among the top of U.S. veterinary schools. The student population includes over 500 professional DVM students, nearly 2300 undergraduate Biomedical Science Program majors, and approximately 150 graduate students. Signature programs within the college include cardiovascular sciences, neurosciences, environmental medicine/toxicology, biodefense, and emerging infectious diseases, reproductive biology, and biomedical genomics. Research centers and institutes include the Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases, the Michael E. DeBakey Institute for Comparative Cardiovascular Science & Biomedical Devices, the Schubot Center for Avian Health, and the Center for Innovation in Advanced Development & Manufacturing.

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The University

Texas A&M University is a land, space, and sea-grant designated institution with an enrollment of over 50,000 students, 120 undergraduate degree programs, and 240 graduate degree programs. With annual research expenditures of over $800 million, A&M is a major research university with a growing international focus. The school ranks among the top U.S. universities in attracting international students, with more than 5,000 students from 125 countries. A&M benefits from outstanding public and private support, with an endowment that ranks in the top ten among all U.S. universities (top five among public universities).

The Community

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The Bryan/College Station area, population 250,000, offers a culturally diverse college-town atmosphere, a broad range of cultural and recreational opportunities, a relatively low cost of living, and mild winter temperatures. The area is situated between the urban centers of Houston, Austin, San Antonio, and Dallas/Fort Worth.

Further Information

For further information, contact Dr. Karen Russell (Clinical Pathology) or Dr. Brian Porter (Anatomic Pathology). Residency position announcements are posted on the ACVP website Training Center.

The Texas A&M University System is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity.

Program Faculty

Garry Adams, DVM, PhD, DACVP
Senior Professor, Anatomic Pathology
Immunopathology, Intracellular bacteria

Angela Arenas, DVM, PhD, DACVP
Assistant Professor, Anatomic Pathology
Vaccine development, Immunopathology

Gaya Balamayooran, DVM, PhD, DACVP
Texas Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL), Anatomic Pathology
Diagnostic pathology, Reptile and amphibian pathology

Laura K. Bryan, DVM, PhD, DACVP
Clinical Assistant Professor, Anatomic Pathology
Bacterial pathogenesis, Endocrine pathology

Fred J. Clubb, DVM, PhD, DACLAM
Clinical Professor, Anatomic Pathology
Cardiovascular pathology, Ultrastructural pathology

Josué Díaz-Delgado, DVM, PhD, DACVP
TVMDL & Adjunct Assistant Professor, Anatomic Pathology
Diagnostic pathology, Marine mammal pathology

Erin E. Edwards, DVM, DACVP
TVMDL & Adjunct Assistant Professor, Anatomic Pathology
Diagnostic pathology, Avian pathology

John F. Edwards, DVM, PhD, DACVP
Professor Emeritus, Anatomic Pathology
Reproductive system pathology

Randi Gold, VMD, PhD, DACVP
TVMDL, Anatomic Pathology
Musculoskeletal pathology

Gabriel Gomez, DVM, PhD, DACVP
TVMDL, Anatomic Pathology
Diagnostic pathology, Infectious disease

Unity Jeffery, VetMB, PhD, DACVP
Assistant Professor, Clinical Pathology
Novel markers of canine DIC and heat stroke

Mark C. Johnson, DVM, DACVP
Clinical Professor, Clinical Pathology
Diagnostic and investigative immunopathology

Yava Jones-Hall, DVM, PhD, DACVP
Associate Professor, Anatomic Pathology
Experimental pathology

Gwendolyn J. Levine, DVM, DACVP
Clinical Associate Professor, Clinical Pathology
Cerebrospinal fluid biomarkers

John Mackie, BVSc, PhD, DACVP
Adjunct Associate Professor, Anatomic Pathology
Diagnostic pathology, Liver pathology

Mary B. Nabity, DVM, PhD, DACVP
Associate Professor, Clinical Pathology
Urine proteomics

Richard Ploeg, BVSc, DACVP
Adjunct Associate Professor, Anatomic Pathology
Diagnostic pathology, Canine lymphoma

Roy R. Pool, DVM, PhD, DACVP (honorary)
Professor Emeritus, Anatomic Pathology
Orthopedic pathology

Brian F. Porter, DVM, DACVP
Clinical Professor, Anatomic Pathology Residency Director

Raquel R. Rech, DVM, PhD, DACVP
Clinical Associate Professor
Neuropathology, Renal pathology

Aline Rodrigues Hoffmann, DVM, PhD, DACVP
Associate Professor, Anatomic Pathology
Dermatopathology, Skin microbiome, Fungal disease

Karen E. Russell, DVM, PhD, DACVP
Professor, Associate Department Head, & Clinical Pathology Residency Director
Platelet disorders

Brad R. Weeks, DVM, PhD, DACVP
Professor, Anatomic Pathology
Cardiovascular pathology

Gregg B. Wells, MD, PhD
Associate Professor – Joint Appointment, Anatomic Pathology
Neuropathology, Protein structure in neurologic disease

Dominique J. Wiener, DVM, PhD, DECVP
Clinical Assistant Professor, Anatomic Pathology
Dermatopathology, Surgical pathology

Current Residents