the Residency program


Our residency program is accredited by the European College of Veterinary Pathologists (ECVP) and successful completion of the program entitles candidates to sit for the board examination of the ECVP or ACVP. Veterinary graduates, who have previously completed a one year internship, according to the requirements of the ECVP (, are trained in anatomic pathology and prepared for board examination. The successful candidate will receive 1.5 - 2 years (depending on prior knowledge) broad-based training in diagnostic pathology (necropsy and biopsy services and weekly training seminars). After this initial training period the candidate will set a focus in one of the units in our institute while still continuing regular diagnostic duties.

Available tracks are:

  • Dermatopathology
  • Farm Animal Pathology
  • Laboratory Animal Pathology
  • Zoo Animal Pathology

The program encompasses:

  • weekly diagnostic duties in our necropsy and biopsy service (shared between all residents),
  • a structured program of weekly seminars in gross, microscopic and molecular pathology,
  • a bi-weekly research journal club,
  • a small research project under the supervision of one of our staff members,
  • yearly evaluations,
  • international courses and conferences,
  • one 4 week externship.

A Dr. med vet. thesis and internship requirements set by the ECVP (12 months post-graduate veterinary training/employment prior to residency) can be included into the residency program. The program will then run for a minimum of 4 years.