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Anatomic Pathology Non-Thesis MS/Residency Program


The non-thesis MS/residency program in veterinary anatomic pathology combines a three-year residency in diagnostic anatomic pathology (based in the Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, the Clinical Pathology Laboratory in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, and the Department of Comparative Pathobiology) and graduate courses in pathology and other subjects leading to a non-thesis MS degree.  A student successfully completing the three-year program is eligible for the certifying examination of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists and may seek to continue in a PhD program at Purdue University or another location.  For students pursuing both pathology training leading to ACVP eligibility and research training leading to the PhD, this plan temporally separates these goals. 

Description of the Program 

Recruitment:  Office of CPB Department Head and ADDL Director

Requirements for Admission:

  1. DVM or degree from a recognized veterinary school/college
  2. Accepted for admission to the Purdue University Graduate School
  3. Approval of CPB and ADDL faculty and professional staff
  4. Recommendation of CPB Graduate Studies Committee
  5. Approval of CPB Department Head and ADDL Director


Term:  Three Years




  1. Non-Thesis MS Degree in Veterinary Anatomic Pathology
  2. ACVP Eligibility
  3. Bypass of MS degree for PhD research (see CPB Graduate Manual)




  1. Completion (with a grade of “B” or better, or “S”) of CPB pathology core courses
  2. Completion (with a “B” or better average) of other graduate courses (examples given below) selected by student and his/her graduate advisory committee
  3. Satisfactory completion (as defined by student’s graduate advisory committee) of a project (described below).
  4. Publication (or submission for publication) of one case report or one manuscript (resulting from a project) in a refereed scientific journal.
  5. Satisfactory performance (as defined by principal instructor(s) of course) in teaching assignment(s)
  6. Satisfactory performance (as defined by student’s graduate advisory committee) on MS qualifying and/or final examination (if required by CPB or student’s graduate advisory committee)




  1. Courses
  1. CPB pathology core courses


    1. CPB 60200, Advanced Veterinary Anatomic Pathology 
        • Repeated every semester
    2. CPB 69100, Seminar in Veterinary Pathology
        • Repeated every fall and spring semester
    3. CPB 61400, Advanced General Pathology
    4. CPB 69700, CPB Research Seminar

- Repeated every fall and spring semester

e. CPB 60400, Pathology of Neoplastic Diseases of Animals

f. CPB 60500, Pathology of Avian Diseases

g. CPB 60700, Pathology of Laboratory Animal Diseases

h. CPB 61000, Ultrastructural Pathology


  1. Other CPB courses (examples)


  1. CPB 60000, Special Problems in Veterinary Pathology
  • Provides credit for work on project(s)
  1. CPB 60100, Advanced Veterinary Clinical Pathology
  • Repeated every semester by clinical pathology students
  1. CPB 62000, Advanced Immunology
  2. CPB 68000, Special Topics


  1. Courses offered in other departments (partial listing)


    1. BMS 62000, Electron Microscopy: Theory and Techniques
    2. BCHM 56100 and 56200, General Biochemistry I and II
    3. STAT 50300, Statistical Methods for Biology


  1. Project (as least one of the following)


    1. Laboratory investigation
    2. Prospective or retrospective case study
    3. PhD research and/or grant proposal


Outstanding students are encouraged to pursue a PhD research program after completion of the three year non-thesis MS pathology program.  Salary and research funding for the major portion of the PhD research project are sought by the student and major professor.


  1. Publication


Manuscript must be published, submitted for publication, or prepared for submission, in a refereed scientific journal before completion of residency.


    1. Results of laboratory investigation
    2. Prospective or retrospective case study
    3. PhD literature review
    4. Case report


  1. Teaching


    1. Second year professional college curriculum—laboratory assistant
      1. CPB 85100, General Pathology, 1 semester course
      2. CPB 85700, Systemic Pathology, 1 semester course


Performance of student is evaluated by principal course instructor(s) for each of the courses listed above. Students usually complete this requirement during the second year in the MS program.


    1. Fourth year professional college curriculum—necropsy and histopathology


      1. CPB 88501, Necropsy Clerkship
      2. CPB 88503, Clinical Pathology I Clerkship
      3. CPB 88600, Diagnostic Pathology Clerkship
      4. CPB 88900, Clinical Pathology II Clerkship


Performance of students is evaluated each semester throughout their tenure in the non-thesis MS program as part of CPB 60200 by senior ADDL and/or CPB pathologists.


  1. MS Qualifying and/or Final Examination


No examination is required by the Graduate School, but an examination may be required by CPB or the student’s graduate advisory committee.


  1. Advisory Committee


Students are assigned an advisor (who is a senior pathologist) at the beginning of their first year in the program.  During the first year, students select an advisory committee (usually three faculty and/or professional staff), formulate a plan of study, and identify potential project(s).


Causes for Dismissal:


  1. Receiving a “C” grade in any two core pathology courses
  2. Receiving a “D”, “F”, “NP”, or “U” grade in any one core pathology course
  3. Receiving a cumulative grade point average of less than 3.0 for all graduate level courses after being placed on probation 
  4. Misconduct as defined in University Regulations