Pathology Residency

There is a critical shortage of veterinary pathologists in the specialty area of wildlife disease. To address this problem, the Department of Pathology and Disease Investigation offers post-doctoral training in pathology through annually alternating opportunities for residents or pathology fellows. The principal aim of these programs is to build a cadre of experts with the technical skills, knowledge base, and experience required to cultivate successful careers as anatomic veterinary pathologists focused on the diseases of domestic animals, zoo animals and wildlife. Providing this training will allow WCS to remain at the forefront of zoo and wildlife pathology training.

The residency training program in domestic and zoo animals, and wildlife is a three-year collaborative endeavor between WCS and Cornell University. Training for the first two years of the program are spent at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in Ithaca, NY, and the third is at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) Bronx Zoo in the Bronx, NY. The program is designed to prepare the resident for eligibility and certification as a pathologist by the American College of Veterinary Pathology. The fellowship in zoo and wildlife pathology is an independent program provided by the WCS that alternates annually with the residency program. It is a one year position for a qualified veterinarian with existing pathology and residency training. The program provides the opportunity to enhance and further develop skills in comparative veterinary pathology with an emphasis on the diseases of zoo animals and wildlife. Both programs are designed to prepare pathologists for a career focused on zoo and/or wildlife pathology in a number of settings including conservation, academia or governmental agencies.


Wildlife Conservation Society Contact: Dr. D. McAloose, Department of Pathology, Zoological Health Program, Wildlife Conservation Society, 2300 Southern Blvd, Bronx, NY 10460. Email: 

Cornell Contact: Dr. Andrew Miller, T5-006A Veterinary Research Tower, Department of Biomedical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, 618 Tower Road,  Ithaca, New York 14853-6401. Telephone (607) 253-3559. E-mail:


Thumbnail photo credit of Russian pathologists training at the Bronx Zoo: Julie Larsen Maher, WCS

Banner photo credit of Dr D McAloose: Endangered Primate Rescue Centre, Vietnam

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