University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


Residency Training Introduction

The College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois has been training top-notch veterinary pathologists for decades. There are three major subdivisions of the veterinary pathology training program:

  1. Anatomic Pathology
  2. Clinical Pathology
  3. Zoological Anatomic Pathology Program (ZPP) 

The anatomic and clinical pathology residency programs are completed and managed at the Urbana-Champaign campus of the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL). Residents completing training through the Zoological Pathology Program (ZPP), managed from the Chicago location of the VDL, will complete the first year of training and graduate work at the Urbana campus, then complete their training and graduate work at the Chicago location.


This program is designed as a three-year residency, which will have qualified the participants for ACVP Board Certification in Anatomic or Clinical Pathology. The goal of the residency program is to train future leaders in both diagnostic medicine and biomedical research. Residents have the option to complete the graduate work portion of the program in either the Pathobiology or Veterinary Clinical Medicinedepartment. The baseline graduate program is a non-thesis master’s degree. Residents also have the option (and are encouraged) to pursue a full thesis-based master’s degree or PhD.


The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a major comprehensive land-grant institution and a world leader in cross-disciplinary research with world-class resources such as the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology and the Institute for Genomic Biology. The College of Veterinary Medicine houses the full-service Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, full-service Veterinary Teaching Hospital, and the academic departments of Comparative Biosciences, Pathobiology and Veterinary Clinical Medicine that are actively engaged in research. Champaign-Urbana is located in east-central Illinois and is 2 hours from Chicago, 2 hours from Indianapolis, and 3 hours from St. Louis.

Emergency Contacts

Please call 217-333-1620,

select option #1 for the

VDL On-Call Pathologist.