Department of Biomedical Sciences

Anatomic Pathology
Biomedical Sciences

Dr. Donald Schlafer
College of Veterinary Medicine
T4 018 Veterinary Research Tower
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853

phone: 607-253-3336
fax: 607-253-4447

Residency Positions in Anatomic Pathology

Continuing a Tradition of Excellence

The Section of Anatomic Pathology in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University invites applicants for two Anatomic Pathology residency positions to begin July 1, 2013:

  1. Residency in Anatomic Pathology: Trainees spend three years at Cornell, learning the fundamentals of gross and microscopic pathology through participation in necropsy and biopsy services supplemented by specialty rounds, journal club and slide seminars. Residents also benefit from regular interactions with clinicians and researchers within the College of Veterinary Medicine and the larger Cornell community. Residents are expected to complete an original research project with publication in a peer-reviewed journal and are encouraged to participate in collaborative projects and/or publication of individual case reports.

  2. Cornell-Wildlife Conservation Society Combined Residency in Zoo and Wildlife Pathology: Trainees spend their first two years at Cornell, immersed in traditional anatomic pathology training as described above. The third year is spent at the Bronx Zoo, focusing on diseases of wildlife, zoo and exotic animals. Case material comes from the Bronx Zoo, as well as numerous other zoos and aquaria in the New York metropolitan area.


Applications are due by the close of business on Monday, October 15th, 2012.

* 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 (click here to download);

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 or provided in sealed envelopes stamped with the registrar's seal across the flap.

4. Three Letters of Professional Reference;
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 (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.

- The minimum acceptable TOEFL score for admission to this program is: at least 550 on the paper-based test; at least 213 on the computer-based test; or minimum scores of Writing 20, Reading 20, Listening 15, and Speaking 22 on the internet-based test.

*Please note: Because language proficiency can change considerably in a short period of time, TOEFL scores are only valid for two years from the test date. If you took the TOEFL more than two years prior to the date of your application to this program you must take the test again in order to have your scores reported.

All application documents must arrive by the close of business on Monday, October 15, 2012. Applicants are encouraged to apply well in advance of the deadline. Please be aware that Fed Ex 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:

Dr. Teresa Southard
Anatomic Pathology
Department of Biomedical Sciences
College of Veterinary Medicine
240 Farrier Road, A1-212
Ithaca, NY 14853


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