Clinical Pathology Residency

Program Information

Boards Preparation

Preparation for the American College of Veterinary Pathologists Clinical Pathology certifying examination is the primary focus of this residency program, which is comprised of 75% clinical and teaching duties and 25% independent research and study.

In addition to clinical and teaching duties for the UF Veterinary Hospitals, boards preparation is achieved in multiple ways:

  • Annual – mock-ACVP board examinations, preparation of resident seminars and manuscripts, attending pathology conferences, and surgical pathology rotations
  • Weekly – clinical pathology rounds, histology rounds, UFVH resident rounds, general pathology rounds, pathology journal club, UFVH Morbidity and mortality rounds (monthly), Small Animal Internal Medicine seminars (schedule varies), access to an extensive, computer-catalogued archive of hematologic and cytologic materials (e.g., ASVCP cases 1988 to present, >2500 glass slide specimens, >1600 slide transparencies, cytology/histopathology-correlated cases) and an International Pathology Slide Bank video laser disc, and required completion of the CVM clinical pathology courses during the first year of residency.

Clinical Duties

The UF clinical pathology service works closely with clinicians to actively participate in the diagnostic evaluation of a broad range of species, including a large number of zoologic and non-mammalian specimens.

A unique feature of this program is the direct, daily support provided by the clinical pathology faculty to residents while they complete their clinical responsibilities.

While on clinic duty, residents interpret exfoliative, imprint, and fluid cytology submissions and draft reports in ACVP certifying exam format, which are subsequently reviewed by the faculty on duty; examine and interpret blood films and urinalysis sediments referred for pathologist review; assist with collection of bone marrow aspirate and core biopsy samples from UFVH patients; aid in assessment of preanalytical, analytical, and post-analytical laboratory errors including quality control and assurance management; and assist students, technicians, and clinicians in obtaining clinical pathology information and data interpretation. Also, while on primary duty, residents are on-call to provide afterhours emergency clinical pathology services for the UFVH.

Recent caseload data

26,550 cases annually:  8,450 hematology, 8,600 chemistry, 1,100 endocrine, 3,000 urinalysis, and 5,400 cytology cases

Approximate % cases by species:  73% small animal, 14% large animal, 8% exotic/zoo animal, 5% lab animal

Teaching Responsibilities

There are several opportunities for clinical pathology residents to gain experience teaching. Residents assist in teaching all laboratories for the CVM clinical pathology courses offered to freshmen, sophomore, and junior veterinary students; instruct junior veterinary students during their elective clinical rotation with the UFVH clinical pathology service; give lectures during the didactic portion of the CVM elective clinical pathology courses offered to junior veterinary students (if desired); and instruct interns and residents from other services during their rotation with the UFVH clinical pathology service.

Research Opportunities and Graduate Studies

All UFVH residents are required to do a resident research project. The resident coordinator can assist in finding a suitable mentor and project. Competitive internal funding is available to residents who apply. Graduate studies are not required, but can be pursued by the resident if desired. Although we do not offer a formal combined residency with MS/PhD training, on a case by case basis, residents may pursue MS or PhD degrees before or after the residency through the UF graduate school and must apply separately.  Residents may begin their Masters/PhD research project while completing clinical pathology residency training.

Residency Certificate Requirements

To receive their certificate of residency completion, residents must complete:

  • 3 years of residency training
  • Resident research project and present during a conference (e.g. Phi Zeta Day, ASVCP meeting)
  • 3 resident seminars – one seminar presentation per year of residency
  • 3 first author publications (can include case reports, brief communications)


Though the 2021 salary has not yet been set, it is expected to be at least $38,100, plus $500 annually for professional development, and additional funding may be available for research projects and travel on a competitively-selected basis. Residents receive an employer-paid package that includes many coverages:  medical, dental, vision, life, accidental death & dismemberment, disability, with additional options for pet, legal, cancer, long-term disability, and accident (out of pocket) insurance.  With most of the plans, there is also the option to include family members on the coverage at no extra cost.

American Society for Veterinary Clinical Pathology Residency List


For informal inquiries or program related questions feel free to contact Dr. Chris Lanier.