Anatomic/Zoo Pathology Residency Application Information

The Section of Anatomic Pathology in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University invites applicants for anatomic pathology residency positions which begin on July 1 of each year. These are three year training positions designed to prepare candidates for careers in veterinary pathology and certification by the American College of Veterinary Pathologists.

The Section of Anatomic Pathology at Cornell provides diagnostic pathology support for the New York State Animal Health Diagnostic Center. The training is case-based, using submissions received by the Diagnostic Center for necropsy and surgical pathology services. The residents receive wide exposure to companion, agricultural, laboratory, and wildlife animal pathology. Resident learning is supplemented by resident and faculty organized seminars, lectures, and weekly surgical and gross pathology rounds. Opportunities exist for post-residency graduate research training in a variety of laboratories at Cornell. A DVM degree or equivalent and an outstanding academic record, as well as excellent interpersonal skills and a strong interest in veterinary pathology, are required.

The annual salary for a resident is $38,500.

For 2021, there will be two traditional Anatomic Pathology Residency Positions and one combined anatomic/zoo pathology residency positions.

Applications are due by the close of business on Wednesday, September 30, 2020.  Please note that this application deadline is subject to change based on alterations to the application cycle secondary to the current COVID-19 pandemic.  Currently externships and other visits to our program are suspended indefinitely.  An update will be provided when more information is available.  

 * Only complete applications will be considered, so plan ahead and begin the application process early.

Applications must contain the following to be considered complete:

  1. Application Face Page;
  2. Curriculum Vitae;
    • Please list the names and addresses of your references at the end of your CV.
  3. Official Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended;
    • These must be received directly from the college/university registrar via e-mail to, or provided in sealed envelopes stamped with the registrar's seal across the flap.
  4. Three Letters of Professional Reference;
    • If mailed, these must be received in sealed envelopes with the reference's signature across the envelope flap. Referring individuals are welcome to send references via e-mail directly to
  5. Statement of Career Goals (~1 page)
  6. Official TOEFL Score Report
    • Applicants whose native language is not English must take the TOEFL and have the official scores reported to Cornell, using Institutional Code: 8839, by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). The TOEFL is the only English proficiency test accepted by this program and scores from other testing organizations will not be considered.
  • Students who are currently studying full time, for at least two years, at a college or university where English is the language of instruction, located in a country where English is the native language, may be exempted from submitting TOEFL scores. We ask those individuals who feel they should qualify for a waiver to send a letter requesting such and detailing their reasoning along with their application materials well in advance of the application deadline for prior approval.

All application documents must arrive by the close of business on Wednesday, September 30, 2020. Applicants are encouraged to apply well in advance of the deadline. Please be aware that FedEx and UPS are the only express services that can guarantee door-to-door delivery to our office. USPS mail posted a week before the deadline is unlikely to arrive at our office in time. Applicants are encouraged to send application materials electronically to when possible.

Application materials sent via mail should be directed to:
Anatomic Pathology Resident Applications
Attn: Andrew Miller, Carolynn Steele-Law
Department of Biomedical Sciences
Cornell University
T8 004 Veterinary Research Tower, Box 17
Ithaca, NY 14853

Cornell University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and Educator.

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