The Department of Veterinary Pathobiology 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. 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 PhD research mentor and to begin working on a research project during the residency. Sources of post-residency PhD stipend support include an NIH T32 institutional training grant. In addition to numerous research opportunities within the veterinary 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.


The College

Texas A&M’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences 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 Texas A&M Institute for Preclinical Studies, the Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases, the Michael E. DeBakey Institute for Comparative Cardiovascular Science and Biomedical Devices, the Schubot Exotic Bird Health Center, and the Center for Innovation in Advanced Development & Manufacturing.

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 5000 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).

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The Community

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.

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Pathology Faculty

L. Garry Adams, DVM, PhD, DACVP
Professor, Anatomic Pathology
Immunopathology, intracellular bacteria

Angela Arenas, DVM, PhD, DACVP
Associate Professor
Vaccine development, immunopathology

Gaya Balamayooran, DVM, PhD, DACVP
TVMDL, Anatomic Pathology
Diagnostic Pathology

Laura Bryan, DVM, PhD, DACVP
Clinical Assistant Professor
Bacterial pathogenesis, Ocular Pathology

Fred Clubb, DVM, PhD, DACLAM
Professor, Anatomic Pathology
Cardiovascular and renal pathology, ultrastructural pathology

Andrés de la Concha-Bermejillo, DVM, PhD
TVMDL, Anatomic Pathology
Diagnostic pathology, viral diseases, small ruminant pathology

Erin Edwards, DVM, DACVP
TVMDL, Anatomic Pathology
Diagnostic pathology; exotic animal pathology

John Edwards, DVM, PhD, DACVP
Professor Emeritus, Anatomic Pathology
Diagnostic pathology, reproductive system pathology

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

Jay Hoffman, DVM, PhD, DACVP
TVMDL, Anatomic Pathology
Diagnostic pathology

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

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

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

Franklin Lopez, DVM, DACVP
TVMDL, Anatomic Pathology
Diagnostic pathology; avian pathology

Mary Nabity, DVM, DACVP
Associate Professor, Clinical Pathology
Urine proteomics

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

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

Raquel 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 Russell, DVM, PhD, DACVP
Professor, Clinical Pathology Residency Director
Platelet disorders

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

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

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Further Information

For further information, contact Dr. Karen Russell (e-mail) (Clinical Pathology) or Dr. Brian Porter (e-mail) (Anatomic Pathology).

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