Department of Pathology

Laying the foundation for veterinary medicine

Pathology plays a role in every aspect of animal and human health. As the study of the process and diagnosis of disease, pathology plays a crucial role in identifying and treating the diseases that affect public health.

We can be found at the microscope consulting with clinicians about changes in the tissue of an ailing dog, in the lab doing research to help advance the understanding of disease and developing preventions or cures, or in the classroom introducing veterinary students to the concepts and mechanisms of disease.

Pathology at a glance


Faculty Members


Graduate Students



Our faculty teach foundational anatomy and histology courses as part of the DVM curriculum and perform a critical service function to our veterinary teaching hospital  and to clinics and organizations within the state and across the nation, providing analysis and diagnosis of samples as well as necropsy services.

We offer a competitive post-DVM residency program in anatomical or clinical pathology  that prepares you for the board examination of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists (ACVP). For those seeking a Master’s or PhD program, we offer both as part the College’s comparative biomedical science program.

Pathology Department Diversity, Equity and Inclusion statement.

The UGA Department of Pathology is against racism and bias, individual or systemic. We stand in solidarity and support of our underrepresented communities in affirming the inherent worth and value of every person – no matter their age, color, cultural background, ethnicity, gender, gender expression/identity, mental and physical ability, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and veteran status. We are committed to creating an open and inclusive environment where members can thrive and achieve a sense of belonging and professional success.

Latest pathology news and stories

Animals Infecting Humans Is Scary. It’s Worse When We Infect Them Back.

Mink farms threaten to become a source of new coronavirus variants – and an object lesson in how ‘spillback’ can make deadly diseases even deadlier. Read More Read More [PDF]

Related to pathology

Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratories

As part of our pathology department, our diagnostic labs are committed to providing quality, efficient, and affordable service to veterinarians.

The Annual SouthEastern Veterinary Pathology Conference

SEVPAC was started by Drs. Frank Mitchell and Herman Seibold in 1973. The first meeting was a small gathering of veterinary pathologists that included Dr. George “Buck” Rowland and Dr. Carrol Woodard. That first year only seven people attended.

The first few meetings were held in conjunction with CL Davis Foundation meetings, and as case numbers grew, CL Davis was moved to Atlanta. Since then, the Tifton meeting (as it is affectionately called) has grown and is attended by pathologists and pathology trainees from veterinary colleges all along the eastern seaboard and as far away as Ohio, Oklahoma, Iowa, and Arizona.

Information about the upcoming SEVPAC Event

Changing the face of animal health through research

Our researchers are actively looking for solutions to common problems and challenges facing animals.

Graduate degree programs

Pathology is one of the many areas of emphasis that you can choose from as part of the College’s Comparative Biomedical Sciences graduate program.