Combined Anatomic Pathology Residency

Residency + PhD in Biomedical Sciences

Dual training leading to a PhD in biomedical sciences in combination with American College of Veterinary Pathologists (ACVP) board certification prepares trainees for leadership positions in academia, the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, and national and international laboratories.

Residents train in the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (WADDL), a full service veterinary diagnostic laboratory staffed by faculty in the Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology and Veterinary Clinical Sciences departments.

Dissertation research is conducted under the direction of highly collaborative and internationally recognized research faculty in state-of-the-art laboratories. Student also have academic research opportunities with the USDA-ARS Animal Disease Research Unit, the WSU Animal Health Research Center, and the Paul G. Allen School for Global Health.

Program strengths

  • Bacterial and viral respiratory and gastrointestinal disease
  • Innate immunity, immunogenetics, and vaccine development
  • Parasitic infections
  • Persistent viral infections
  • Transmissible spongioform encephalopathies
  • Vector-borne diseases
  • Zoonotic and food-borne pathogens

Apply to our program

3-year residency program

Applicants must have a DVM degree from an AVMA accredited college of veterinary medicine or comparable foreign institution and be eligible for enrollment in the Graduate School at Washington State University.

Candidates for the Combined Pathology Residency should complete the online graduate school application only after invitation from the department.

How to apply

Residency applicants must include:

  • A letter of intent stating your professional career goals
  • A curriculum vitae including a list of three references
  • Transcripts from veterinary school(s) (an official English translation must be included if not in English)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • TOEFL scores or language waiver for all international applicants from a country whose primary language is not English.

U.S. citizens may apply for a position supported by the USDA Animal Diseases Research Unit. Candidates eligible for and interested in a USDA position will be nominated by the chair of the Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology department.

Please send application materials electronically in PDF format or by mail to:

Josh Ramsay, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVP
Anatomic Pathology Residency Coordinator
Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology
402 Bustad Hall
Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99164-7040

U.S. citizens or permanent residency (green card status) is not required but is preferred. Washington State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity educator and employer. Protected group members are encouraged to apply.