The Value of Biomedical Research Training for Veterinary Anatomic and Clinical Pathologists

L. C. Sharkey, R. M. Simpson, M. L. Wellman, L. E. Craig, T. A. Birkebak, N. D. Kock, M. A. Miller, R. K. Harris, L. Munson

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Veterinary pathologists traditionally have been actively engaged in research as principal investigators and as collaborators. Pathologists frequently obtain advanced training in research; however, it appears that in the last 10 years there has been a reversal of a previous trend toward increasing numbers of pathologists obtaining PhD degrees. This has arisen despite an established shortage of veterinarians engaged in research. This article evaluates the benefits of research training for individual pathologists, including a wide spectrum of professional opportunities and additional skill development beyond that usually provided by diagnostic pathology training alone. Various training models are discussed, including combined and sequential diagnostic residency and research degree training as well as the nondegree research fellowship programs more commonly pursued in human medicine. Best-practice recommendations for program infrastructure, mentorship, time management, and a team approach to research and research training are advocated to facilitate the development of successful programs and to encourage a continued emphasis on integrated training for pathologists as both clinical diagnosticians and experimentalists. This article is intended to help prospective and active pathology trainees, their mentors, and educational administrators optimize opportunities to ensure the future vitality of veterinary pathologists, and their contributions, in basic and applied research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)581-585
Number of pages5
JournalVeterinary pathology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2012


  • best practices
  • biomedical research
  • education
  • training
  • veterinary pathology


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