Internship in Clinical Pathology

Program Description

The Clinical Pathology section of the Animal Health Diagnostic Center (AHDC) is offering a one-year internship to an individual with a DVM/VMD degree (or equivalent) and a strong interest in clinical pathology. The primary goal of this internship is to prepare the individual to be highly qualified and competitive for advancement into a clinical pathology residency program. This program emphasizes laboratory methodology and data interpretation, hematologic diagnostic evaluation, and quality assurance and quality control procedures. The intern will rotate through the various sub-sections of our laboratory including hematology, chemistry, immunology, and cytology preparation working under the guidance of our team of medical technologists and veterinary technicians to learn diagnostic procedures.

After sufficient training, the intern will share after hours on-call duty with the clinical pathology residents, limited to performing crossmatches and cell counts and cytologic preparation of fluids. A faculty member is always assigned to provide backup support. The intern will receive instruction from our team of four board-certified clinical pathologists during regularly scheduled group teaching sessions, alongside our clinical pathology residents. These sessions will allow for exposure to cytology and chemistry cases, in which pathophysiologic mechanisms of disease are highlighted. Attendance at and participation in our 8-week clinical pathology course in the veterinary curriculum is an expectation.

Rotations in other laboratory sections of the AHDC, as well as the Cornell University Hospital for Animals, Equine Hospital, and Nemo Farm Animal Hospital can be arranged based on the individual's interests and time constraints of the program. Upon satisfactory completion of all requirements of the internship program, a "Certificate of Internship" in Clinical Pathology will be awarded.

Application Details

Applicants should electronically submit a letter of intent, curriculum vitae, and official veterinary school transcripts to Internship Coordinator,  Dr. Ashleigh Newman at Three letters of professional recommendation are also required and should be emailed to Dr. Newman, directly by the referees.

The application deadline is December 11, 2020. The inclusive dates of the program are from June 14, 2021 to June 30, 2022. Note, that the end date may be negotiable if the intern is accepted into a program with an earlier start date. Please direct questions to Dr. Newman at

Applicants from both foreign and American colleges of veterinary medicine are welcome to apply. Preference is generally given to applicants from AVMA accredited colleges. Diversity and Inclusion are a part of our heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities.