Anatomic Pathology

Pathology at Cornell

The pathology program at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine is based on a distinguished heritage begun by Dr. Peter Olafson. Dr. Olafson enjoyed a long and distinguished career based on international reputation in research and diagnostic pathology. Today, the faculty, students, and residents at Cornell continue to build on the foundations set during the last 100 years. Situated in a world-class university, the pathology faculty are dedicated to providing high quality diagnostic, teaching and research services to colleagues within and beyond Cornell. Members of the Section collaborate with many colleagues from many disciplines in order to advance the study and diagnosis of animal diseases and biomedical research. Pathologists consult daily on treatment of cases presented to the Cornell University Hospital for Animals and with colleagues at the Animal Health Diagnostic Center to identify infectious and toxic agents in samples from around the United States. Additionally, faculty members actively participate in research of disease pathogenesis, gene function and genomics research, thus serving as a vital link between animal diagnostics and experimental biology.

Diagnostic Services

Anatomic Pathology provides comprehensive diagnostic services including post mortem examinations, biopsy evaluation, and diagnostic immunohistochemistry. Members of the faculty all have been awarded board certification by the American College of Veterinary Pathologists and have interest and experience in a wide range of animals including companion animals, livestock, wildlife, pocket pets and birds.

Residency Training

The Cornell pathology program is one of the largest in the nation, graduating 130 residents and Ph.D. candidates since 1979. Many Cornell graduates have gone on to leadership positions in industry and academia: Peter Kennedy, N.V.F. Jubb, Rick Miller, John King, Charles Rickard, and Ken McEntee are all program alumni. Our residency training program continues to grow. Anatomic pathology residents are exposed to a wide array of case materials, are encouraged to pursue research interests and have opportunities to participate in instruction of DVM students. The residency program is designed to prepare competitively selected veterinarians for careers in veterinary diagnostic pathology, industry, comparative pathology or to provide a foundation for graduate studies leading to a career in biomedical research. More information on Residency Training in Anatomic Pathology.


In addition to teaching and residency training, faculty in the Section of Anatomic Pathology participate in both collaborative and independent research endeavors. Individual faculty members have strong research interests in domestic animals, poultry, wildlife, murine pathology and transgenesis. These research efforts are supported by a wide array of sophisticated facilities located throughout the college and university.