The Department of Pathology offers a program of study for qualified individuals leading to the Master of Science (MS) in Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences with emphasis in pathology or the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Veterinary Pathology. Graduate veterinarians are offered a residency program or a combined residency/PhD program, preparing the student to sit for examination by the board of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists (ACVP). The residency program is offered in Anatomic or Clinical Pathology. Non-DVM graduate students earn their graduate degrees independent of the residency. Click HERE to see our current position postings.
Entrance into any of these programs is competitive based on grades and test scores as well as availability of funding. Prospective students should have good background in biology, animal science, veterinary medicine (DVMs seeking admission into our program) or related area. Minimum requirements for Graduate School admission are:
MS : GRE > 900; GPA > 3.0
Ph.D : GRE > 1000; GPA > 3.0
See the individual programs for more information including application information.
The College of Veterinary Medicine and the Department of Pathology currently provides stipends, starting at $30,000, for seven pathology graduate students and residents, including two in the aquatic animal pathology program. There are an additional eight pathology residents/graduate students supported by a variety of sources including government grants and pharmaceutical companies.
The Department of Pathology is affiliated with Georgia’s two veterinary diagnostic laboratories in Athens and Tifton and has close relationships with pathologists, clinical veterinarians and other scientists in the other academic departments in the college and with scientists at the Southeast Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study, the Georgia Aquarium, the Department of Small Animal Medicine’s Infectious Disease Laboratory (exotic animals), the UGA Poultry Diagnostic and Research Center, the USDA Food Safety Inspection Service Laboratory, the USDA-ARS Southeastern Poultry Research Laboratory, the CDC, Yerkes Primate Center, Merial Animal Health, and Zoo Atlanta. Pathologists from a number of these units are adjunct faculty within the department and participate actively in seminar and various research and training activities. The Department maintains necropsy, histopathology, clinical pathology, immunohistochemistry, in situ hybridization, and electron microscopy services. The College maintains central facilities for flow cytometry, confocal and immunofluorescence microscopy, laboratory animal medicine, monoclonal and polyclonal antibody production and analysis. The University provides central facilities for molecular genetics and proteomic analysis.
Faculty members in the department include veterinary clinical pathologists, veterinary anatomic pathologists, and a human pathologist. See individual faculty pages for research descriptions.