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Small Samples, Big Science

Sidebar: Training the Next Generation

Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institure: aerial view

Pathology lab samples (Mehgan Murphy/NZP)

Practicing veterinary pathology in zoo animals can be dramatically different from working with domestic dogs, cats, or horses. With that in mind, the National Zoo established the nation’s first zoo-based pathology residency program. The first resident arrived in 1978. In total, 14 residents have completed their education through the three-year program in the Zoo’s pathology department. During their hands-on training, residents participate in every facet of the department’s work.


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Smithsonian Zoogoer 39(6) 2010. Copyright 2010 Friends of the National Zoo. All rights reserved.