University of Pennsylvania Pathology

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Anatomic Pathology (and Clinical Pathology at the Philadelphia campus)
Our campus is split with the small animal hospital located in Philadelphia, PA and our large animal hospital, New Bolton Center (NBC), located in rural Chester County, PA. Both campuses have pathology rotations for senior veterinary students.

The small animal diagnostic services rotation involves daily autopsies on dogs, cats and exotic species, in addition to a clinical pathology component (cytology, hematology, biochemistry). The large animal pathology service is also a part of the Pennsylvania Animal Diagnostic Laboratory system and performs autopsies on horses, ruminants, marine mammals, and local zoo animals.

The externships are designed for non-University of Pennsylvania students with an interest in pathology as a career in their last year of veterinary school. Please contact Dr. Melissa Sanchez (msanchez [at] vet [dot] upenn [dot] edu) for more information. Upon approval, students must apply through the Associate Dean’s office.

We have an Anatomic and Clinical Pathology training program with a total of 7 residents (1 Clinical Pathology, 6 Anatomic Pathology). Six faculty/staff are currently at the Philadelphia campus and three faculty/staff at the New Bolton Center campus.
Students will have online access to our course website with all course materials, including common postmortem lesions in animals and guidelines to perform an autopsy, clinical pathology exercises accompanied by slides (cytology and hematology), and parasitology. Access to our Pathology library is also granted, and participation in our multiple weekly pathology rounds is encouraged.
In the small animal rotation, students are expected to perform complete autopsies and generate reports, complete cases and exercises (clinical pathology, biopsy, parasitology, microbiology), and complete a short pathology presentation and paper. During the large animal pathology rotation students are expected to perform complete autopsies and generate reports, in addition to participating in rounds.
Students will have access to Anatomic and Clinical Pathology residents and faculty at least 8-9 hours per day, 5 days a week (Monday thru Friday). Saturday clinical service is on call.
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pennsylvania
School of Veterinary Medicine
Room 4005, MJR-VHUP
3850 Spruce St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
msanchez [at] vet [dot] upenn [dot] edu
Dr. Melissa Sanchez
Posted: 4/17/14