Course Overview and requirements

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Course Overview

The Royal College of Pathologists Veterinary pathology residency programmes comprise of three main disciplines anatomic, clinical and microbiology, with training most commonly undertaken in a University or commercial setting over a 3-4 year period. However, training formats vary considerably depending on the particular training Centre, but all residents are encouraged to follow the respective RCPath curricula.  Therefore, in order to help residents make the most of their training opportunities and to build the RCPath veterinary pathology community, the RCPath has funded a 1 day school for all residents.  The main aim of the day is to provide general revision updates on a number of important topic areas covered in the respective curriculums, together with providing guidance on the RCPath exam structure and how best to prepare for the part 1 and part 2 examinations. The programme will consist of a series of short lectures delivered by experts, covering anatomic, clinical and microbiology topic areas with several break-out sessions.  

The RCPath Veterinary Pathology School is aimed at veterinary pathology (anatomic and clinical) and microbiology residents at any stage of their training. The emphasis of the programme is on the FRCPath programme, but those studying for ACVP and ECVP exams may also find the programme of interest.

1.       How to get the most out of your residency programme
2.       Refresher lectures on main topic areas in the RCPath curriculums
3.       Guidance on RCPath exam structure and recent changes/updates
4.       Tips and guidance on preparing for the RCPath exams
5.       How can the College best support your residency programme
6.       Networking opportunity with peers and discipline experts

Learning objectives:
1.       Better understanding of the RCPath examination process
2.       Update on topical areas included in the respective curricula
3.       Understand how the College can support veterinary pathology residents

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09.40 - 09.50 - Online registration 
09.50 - 10:10 - Introduction – Professor Roberto La Ragione and Dr Jayne Wright 
10.10 - 10.30 - Cell injury, death and necrosis – Dr Simon Spiro
10.30 - 10.50 - Acute inflammation – leukocyte recruitment – Dr Jen Irving 

After the morning sessions there will then be two breakouts sessions; 
1.    Anatomical and Microbiology 
2.    Clinical Pathology 

Breakout 1A - Anatomical and Microbiology 
10.50 - 11.10 - Toll-like receptors – Dr Simon Spiro
11.10 - 11.30 - Bacterial disease – Dr Alwyn Jones
11.30 - 11.50 - Viral disease – Dr Alwyn Jones
11.50 - 12.20 - LUNCH BREAK
Breakout 1B - Anatomical 

12.20 - 13.10 - Exams and training guidance for the Part 2 exam – from history to current  – Dr Jayne Wright
13.10 - 13.30 - Apoptosis and necroptosis – Dr Simon Spiro
13.30 - 13.50 - Neoplasia – Dr Henny Martineau
13.50 - 14.10 - Hypersensitivity and autoimmunity – Dr Simon Spiro
14.10 - 14.30 - Exams and training guidance for tackling FRCPath Part 1 and Part 2 – Dr Kate Hughes
14.30 - 14.40 - Wrap up and questions

Breakout 2A - Clinical pathology 

10.50 - 11.10 - Exams and training guidance – Histopathology for clinical pathologists – Dr Kate Hughes
11.10 - 11.30 - Exams and training guidance - Biochemistry case reports, including approach to acid-base – Dr Kate English
11.30 - 11.50 - Exams and training guidance - Approach to bone marrow cytology – Dr Kate English 
11.50 - 12.20 LUNCH BREAK
Breakout 2B - Clinical pathology and Microbiology

12.20 - 12.40 - Approach to method validation, QC and Six Sigma – Dr Peter Graham 
12.40 - 13.00 - Infectious organisms in cytology – Dr Kate English
13.00 - 13.20 - Emerging pathogens – Dr Dan Horton 
13.20 - 13.40 - Molecular technologies – Dr Dorina Timofte
13.40 - 14.00 - AMR – Professor Roberto La Ragione
14.00 - 14.25 - Exams and training guidance – Background and advice for veterinary microbiology – Professor Roberto La Ragione
14.25 - 14.40 - Wrap up and questions

14.40 – 14.45 CLOSING 



This meeting will be held via Zoom. Details of the meeting with accompanied guidance will be sent to attendees before the meeting. We strongly suggest you download Zoom to your computer/laptop to make the most of the meeting, however if this is not possible just simply click on the link provided. To Find out more about Zoom and how it works please visit the website


Veterinary Pathology

  • Professor Roberto La Ragione

    Chair, Veterinary Pathology SAC

    Professor Roberto La Ragione – Professor of veterinary microbiology and pathology, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Surrey – Head of the Department of Pathology and Infectious Diseases and Deputy Head of School

    Roberto graduated in 1995 and then went on to study for a post graduate degree in veterinary microbiology at the RVC. In 1996 he moved to the government Veterinary Laboratories Agency to undertake a PhD on the pathogenesis of E. coli in poultry. In 2005 Roberto was appointed head of pathogenesis and control at the APHA and in 2010 he was appointed professor of veterinary microbiology and pathology at the University of Surrey. Roberto gained the FRCPath in 2010 and in 2012 was appointed the Associate Dean for Veterinary Strategy in the School of Veterinary Medicine. Roberto is currently the Head of the Department of Pathology and Infectious Diseases and the Deputy Head of School. Roberto is the past president of the EU Med-Vet-Net association, the Chair of the Royal College of Pathologists Veterinary Pathology Specialty Advisory Committee, Chair of the humanimal Trust, a member of the Houghton Trust and a member of the APHA science Advisory Board. Roberto is an Associate member of the European College of Veterinary Microbiology (AECVM).

    Roberto’s current research interests focus on AMR and understanding the pathogenesis of food-borne pathogens with a particular interest in the development of control and intervention strategies, including rapid diagnostics, vaccination, and probiotics for the control of bacterial pathogens such as Salmonella, Brachyspira and E. coli in food producing animals. Roberto has published over 150 peer reviewed papers in the area of microbiology.

  • Dr Peter Graham

    Peter Graham is a 1989 graduate of the University of Glasgow Vet School. He remained as Small Animal House Physician and Research Scholar until 1995 completing an RCVS Certificate in Veterinary Radiology and a PhD on the Epidemiology and Management of Canine Diabetes Mellitus. Between 1995 and 2002, Peter was Assistant Professor at Michigan State University’s veterinary diagnostic endocrinology laboratory leading it as Section Chief from 2000. He was awarded Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Clinical Pathologists in 2002. From 2002, he was Managing Director of NationWide Laboratories and Cambridge Specialist Laboratory Services until 2014, when he joined the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science at Nottingham University as a Clinical Associate Professor. He runs the European Society of Veterinary Endocrinology EQA scheme.

  • Dr Daniel Horton

    Dr Horton is a veterinarian with over 13 year’s experience in research on zoonotic viral diseases. Prior to joining the University of Surrey in 2014 he worked at the Rabies Reference Laboratory at the UK Government’s Animal and Plant Health Agency where he led research and surveillance projects on rabies and other zoonoses, was an advisor to Defra, Public Health England and the OIE and led multiple overseas assistance projects on rabies including in Africa and the Middle East. He has over 50 peer reviewed papers in the field, currently supervises six PhD students and teaches at undergraduate and postgraduate level. He is Research Director for the School of Veterinary Medicine and a member of the Senior Management Team. 

  • Dr Kate Hughes

    Kate graduated from the University of Liverpool with a BVSc awarded with distinction and a first class intercalated BSc (Hons). Prior to undertaking a residency in veterinary anatomic pathology at the University of Cambridge she worked as a clinical veterinarian. During her Wellcome Trust Research Training Fellowship (PhD studies) Kate was awarded the Royal College of Pathologists gold research medal. Kate is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists, a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, and a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Specialist in Veterinary Pathology. She is currently a Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Anatomic Pathology at the University of Cambridge. 

  • Dr Jen Irving

    Jen graduated from The Royal Veterinary College in 2009 and after several years in practice returned to The RVC in 2018 for a residency in Anatomic Pathology. Jen became a diplomate of the Royal College of Pathologists in 2019 (lab animal) and passed the ACVP part one exam this year. Outside of work Jen enjoys gardening, yoga and walking in The Peak District, however gets very little time for that now since the birth of her daughter.

  • Dr Alwyn Jones

    Alwyn graduated from Glasgow Veterinary School in 2007 and spent 5 years in mixed practice in North Yorkshire, New Zealand and Wales. He then moved to the Scottish borders for 4 years to work for SRUC Veterinary Services as a Veterinary Investigation Officer, mainly performing necropsies on farm animals. He started a residency in Anatomical Pathology at the Royal Veterinary College in 2016 and during this time became a Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Pathologists in 2018 specialising in ruminants and pigs,  and a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists in 2019. He has since returned to SRUC veterinary services in the Scottish borders where he is employed as a farm animal pathologist.

  • Dr Henny Martineau

    Dr Henny Martineau qualified as a Veterinary Surgeon from Glasgow Veterinary School, University of Glasgow in 1998. Following time as an assistant veterinary surgeon in mixed practice, she spent three years working in a training position in Veterinary Pathology at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Glasgow. She then worked as a research pathologist for Astrazeneca in Cheshire, as a diagnostic pathologist for the Scottish Agricultural College in Edinburgh, and in 2010, she gained a PhD from the University of Glasgow. From August 2011 to the present day, she has been employed as a faculty pathologist at the Royal Veterinary College, where she holds the position of Head of Veterinary Forensic Pathology. Her duties and responsibilities include lecturing and all aspects of academic practice in Veterinary Anatomic Pathology, research and diagnostic work.

  • Dr Dorina Timofte

    Dorina Timofte (DVM, PhD) is a tenured Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Clinical Microbiology in the Liverpool University School of Veterinary Science where she leads the Veterinary Microbiology Laboratory and is Chair of the Biosecurity and infection Control Committee. 
    Dorina is a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Microbiology (ECVM) and has established a Veterinary microbiology Residency Training programme at Liverpool. She is also involved in several European collaborations which are aiming to improve veterinary diagnostics and optimise veterinary antimicrobial use. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the European Study Group of Veterinary Microbiology (within the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases). In addition, she is part of the Management Committee of the European Network for Optimization of Veterinary Antimicrobial Treatment (ENOVAT) where she is leading a working group aiming to provide harmonisation of microbiological diagnostic procedures within veterinary laboratories in Europe.
    Her research focuses on the surveillance and molecular epidemiology of multidrug-resistant pathogens in clinical and environmental bacteria, particularly in companion animals and veterinary hospital environments, as well as rapid diagnosis of infections and rapid susceptibility testing.


  • Dr Simon Spiro

    Simon is the pathologist for the Zoological Society of London, covering their London and Whipsnade Zoos as well as various wildlife. Simon hold degrees from Cambridge, Oxford and the Royal Veterinary College, is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists and a fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists. Prior to working at ZSL, he was a virologist at the Pirbright Institute, developing vaccines for avian diseases and his PhD research focussed on the development of broad-spectrum antiviral drugs.