Anatomic Pathology Residency Program

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The Anatomic Pathology Residency Program at the University of Minnesota is designed to provide broad exposure to basic and applied aspects of veterinary pathology and to prepare the trainee for a career in veterinary pathology and diagnostic medicineResidents successfully completing the program are qualified to take the ACVP Board examination. 

Residents who complete our program are qualified to take the ACVP Board examination

Pathology residents develop skills in gross pathology and histopathology by participating in a busy diagnostic laboratory service. These basic pathology skills are supplemented by training in clinical and comparative pathology, as well as population-based diagnostic medicine. 

Residents also participate in pathology teaching for the veterinary student pathology laboratories and instruct senior veterinary students on necropsy rotations. Residents are expected to actively participate in weekly seminars in gross, microscopic, production animal meetings, clinical pathology, and other specialty pathology rounds. 

How to apply and full residency description

Our faculty

A diverse faculty comprised of 12 ACVP certified anatomic or clinical pathologists and 6 production animal diagnosticians support this program. 

Caseload

The caseload includes a wide variety of domestic, wild and exotic animals, birds, and laboratory rodents submitted to the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and the Masonic Cancer Center Comparative Pathology Shared Resource.  The total diagnostic case load is predominantly composed of production animal submissions (swine, bovine and poultry).

Opportunities after completing the program

After completion of the residency program, qualified individuals may pursue focused research training leading to the PhD degree through the institution’s NIH-funded T32 post-doctoral training program in Comparative Medicine and Pathology.

Current Residents

Alex Armstrong, DVM

Dr. Armstrong (Roland) received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Kenyon College in 2009. She worked at a contract research company for two years on various medical device testing prior to entering veterinary school. Dr. Armstrong received her DVM degree from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in May 2015 and joined the anatomic pathology residency program in July of 2015. Her interests include comparative pathology, toxicology pathology and diagnostic pathology

Leah Manning, BVSc

Dr. Manning graduated from The University of Sydney with BVSc (hons) and the University Medal in 2010 and spent 2 years working as a veterinarian in private practice before completing a small animal rotating internship at Small Animal Specialist Hospital in Sydney. In 2014 she became a member of The Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Small Animal Medicine. Leah joined the University of Minnesota anatomic pathology residency program in July 2014. Her interests include companion animal diagnostic pathology, surgical pathology and pathology of exotic, wildlife and zoo animals.

Mary Lauren Mesich, DVM

Dr. Mesich received her DVM degree from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005 and participated in a small animal rotating internship at North Carolina State University in 2006. She trained in a small animal surgery residency program at the University of Pennsylvania and received her diplomate status as a small animal surgeon in 2010. She worked in private practice for almost 4 years and has now joined the University of Minnesota anatomic pathology residency program in July 2013. Her interests include surgical pathology, oncologic pathology, and general diagnostic pathology.

Matthew Sturos, DVM
Instructor

Department of Veterinary Population Medicine (VPM)

Dr. Sturos received his DVM degree from the University of Minnesota in May 2012. He worked in private practice prior to joining the University of Minnesota veterinary anatomic pathology residency program in July 2013. His pathology interests include food animal pathology, infectious disease, and diagnostic pathology.

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