The University of Missouri Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (VMDL) is offering a residency training position in anatomic veterinary pathology with special emphasis on food animal diseases and pathology. The VMDL provides in-depth laboratory diagnostic support to veterinary practitioners, livestock and poultry industry interests, companion animal interests, wildlife conservationists, scientists utilizing animals in their research at the university and elsewhere in the state, regulatory officials, and clinicians of the Veterinary Health Center at the University of Missouri. The VMDL, accredited by the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD), is a National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) Level I laboratory and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Veterinary Laboratory Investigation and Response Network (Vet-LIRN) Tier I laboratory. Missouri is a leading state in the production of beef cattle, hogs and turkeys and the VMDL provides diagnostic services to livestock producers in Missouri and surrounding states. The VMDL receives approximately 50,000 accessions and the Anatomical Pathology section handles 1,500 to 1,700 necropsy cases and 9,000 biopsy cases each year. Approximately 50% of the necropsy cases involve livestock. The VMDL works closely with the Food Animal service at the University of Missouri Veterinary Health Center. The combined expertise is an ideal for training a pathologist with interest in livestock disease.
The program is designed to qualify the resident to successfully complete the anatomic pathology certification examination in the American College of Veterinary Pathology. The resident will be trained in gross and microscopic examination of specimens from necropsy and biopsy cases submitted to the VMDL. The resident is expected to report examination results and attend pertinent rounds. The resident is also expected to enroll in a graduate training program leading to an MS degree in an area of inquiry relevant to livestock disease or public health under the mentorship of a Food Animal section faculty member in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery. During the first year of the training program, the resident will spend a total of 6 weeks (3 weeks in Food Animal Medicine & Surgery in September and 3 weeks in Food Animal Production Medicine in March) under the supervision of Food Animal Service or Veterinary Extension faculty members. In addition, the resident is expected to actively participate in relevant clinical rounds and journal reviews throughout the residency. The resident will have the option to pursue a PhD degree in the Pathobiology Area program; however, such training will require additional years of training beyond the scope of the residency. The resident is expected to take courses required for MS degree during the first year and will be given 3-months off-pathology service between November and January in the second and third years and the fall semester after the ACVP Phase II Certifying Examination, allowing a total of 10 months dedicated solely to their research project. It is expected that the residency with MS will be completed in 3.5 years.
Candidates should possess a strong academic record and ideally have completed a food animal emphasis internship or have equivalent food animal emphasis clinical practice experience. The candidate must be an effective communicator and be able to interact with students, colleagues, referring veterinarians, and clients. Applicants with a strong interest in a future career in veterinary diagnostics with a focus on food animal pathology are preferred. A DVM or equivalent degree is prerequisite. The candidate will be required to hold a license to practice veterinary medicine in Missouri.
The position is available beginning August 1, 2020 and is benefit-eligible. Review of applications will begin November 18, 2019 and the position will remain open until filled.
Inquiries or applications (to include a letter of intent stating goals and interests, curriculum vitae, academic transcripts, GRE scores, and three reference letters) should be addressed to the Dr. Kei Kuroki, Chair, Pathology Resident Search Committee, UMC Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory, P.O. Box 6023, Columbia, MO 65205; phone 573-882-6811; FAX 573-882-1411; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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