New Bolton Center Kennett Square, PA
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Anatomic Pathology Residents at Penn Vet

Anatomic Pathology Residency Training Program

Traditional Three-Year Residency Training Program

Posting date: July 1, 2023

Trainees in the 3-year residency program receive advanced instruction with an emphasis on gross and microscopic pathology of case material, including autopsies on animals submitted from the veterinary hospitals (Philadelphia and New Bolton Center), laboratory animals from University research facilities, and surgical pathology specimens from our hospital and referring veterinary practitioners (with about 40-60 biopsies per day). Primary training will take place at the small animal hospital located in Philadelphia. A minimum of six months is spent at our large animal facility, New Bolton Center, in rural Chester County.

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The responsibilities and opportunities entailed by the residency program include weekly microscopic and gross rounds, monthly specialty rounds including ocular pathology, neuropathology, dermatopathology, laboratory animal pathology, cytology, and journal club, and departmental and university seminars. The Department of Pathobiology utilizes a digital slide scanner (Aperio Versa) and offers extensive training in digital pathology and image analysis, an essential part of our field. With guidance from the faculty, all residents attend and present at the ACVP/ASVCP annual meeting and are strongly encouraged to submit a first-authored manuscript to a refereed journal as approved by the ACVP.  Residents are expected to participate in the instruction of interns and veterinary students, including lectures and laboratory exercises.  Residents may complete externships outside of the University for additional training.


  1. To provide training in diagnostic pathology of large and small domestic animals, laboratory species, and wildlife. This will involve recognition of specific diseases and knowledge of their pathogenesis.
  2. To enable the successful trainee to be eligible for board certification by the American College of Veterinary Pathologists.
  3. To provide training in research areas, including but not limited to:
    • Epidemiological surveys
    • Cancer pathology
    • Dermatopathology
    • Comparative Pathology Core / Toxicologic pathology
    • Laboratory animal pathology
    • Immunohistochemistry
    • Digital Pathology and Image Analysis
    • Penn Vet Imaging Core (confocal microscopy, immunofluorescence)

More information about the traditional residency training program can be viewed here.

To Apply

The application deadline is September 15, 2023.

Complete applications are required for full consideration.  All materials must be emailed to the application coordinator: EJ Hunter (

For questions about the residency program, please contact the residency directors: Dr. Molly Church ( and Dr. Susan Bender (