Welcome to the Department of Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

College of Veterinary Medicine at Illinois

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Comparative Pathology

The Division of Comparative Pathology offers a combined residency/graduate program for veterinarians in either anatomic, clinical, or toxicologic pathology. The biphasic program consists of (1) study in experimental pathology, or a related field, leading to the PhD degree and (2) applied training in pathology which fulfills eligibility requirements for the certifying examination of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists. Dissertation research may be carried out in diverse fields directed by any of the 11 pathologists currently on the staff or by other biomedical scientists either in the College or other units of the University such as Animal Science, Bioengineering, Life Sciences, etc. Successful applicants may receive a substantial departmental stipend which is not dependent upon nor limited by extramural funding, or be funded by research grants while in residence. Limited stipends provided by industry also may be available.

Candidates for a Doctorate of Philosophy Degree complete 96 hours of course and thesis work and show proficiency in several required areas of scientific communicative skills such as computer literacy, statistics' and grant writing. Each student selects a major advisor within the first semester and a graduate advisory committee during the first year. The student's plan of study must be approved by this committee. The degree is granted after passing a preliminary examination after two years of course work is completed and a final defense of the student's doctoral thesis. Other requirements include presentation of two seminars and a thesis prospectus and participation in the divisional seminar series.

Departmental Support

Graduate teaching associateships with tuition and partial fee waivers are available on a competitive basis. Funds are provided from departmental sources and are renewable each year depending upon satisfactory progress in the program. All students are required to work in the Diagnostic Laboratory and assist in the teaching of senior veterinary students. The amount of financial aid varies depending upon the experience of each applicant.

Research Facilities

The Department of Pathobiology is housed on one and a half floors of a 158,000 square-foot Basic Sciences Building and is currently expanding into adjacent undeveloped space. Major pieces of equipment include ultracentrifuges, gamma and scintillation counters, HPLC, spectrophotometers, and a laser gel scanner. Terminals connect to university IBM and VAX mainframes and Cray supercomputers.

The College has its own electron microscopy, photography, histology, and library facilities. The library contains over 800 specialty journals and 32,000 reference books and is part of the University of Illinois library system, the third largest university library in the U.S. with over 7 million volumes. A new addition to the college of a 12,000 square-foot laboratory animal care facility provides complete needs for animal research in both noninfectious and infectious disease systems. The college diagnostic laboratory with virology, immunology, pathology, parasitology, toxicology, and microbiology sections handles over 12,000 cases per year and provides a rich source of material and contact with field problems.

Major expansion of the University of Illinois has taken place in biotechnology and supercomputing. The University Biotechnology Center is comprised of faculty from many departments including several faculty members from Veterinary Pathobiology. Interdisciplinary collaboration is fostered with access to facilities such as the Cell Science Center with its flow cytometry and monoclonal antibody laboratories and the molecular biology lab with protein sequencer, peptide sequencer, and DNA synthesizer. University seminar series in molecular biology, toxicology, and immunology bring together faculty and students with common interests. The recently completed Beckman Institute is the result of a $40 million gift from Arnold and Mabel Beckman, the largest single gift made to a public university. A program is now developing at the Institute that draws on multidisciplinary research contributions from many campus units.