The Jane and Marshall Steel Fellowship is a one year program designed for veterinary pathologists who seek additional experience in pathology of nondomestic animals. Qualifications include a DVM or equivalent degree, and at least two years of formal pathology residency training from a qualifying program. The fellowship offers unique opportunities for development of diagnostic skills in anatomic and clinical pathology of nondomestic species, as well as collaborative research opportunities. Fellows will gain an understanding of the ways pathology findings influence animal management in a large and diverse zoological collection.
Fellows participate in the necropsy, biopsy, and cytology services under the supervision and instruction of five ACVP-certified pathologists, and may also conduct a research project that makes scholarly use of diagnostic materials. Case material includes a wide variety of non-domestic birds, mammals, and reptiles derived from the collections of the San Diego Zoo, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and from collaborative field conservation programs, as well as various wildlife species found on zoo property.
In addition to rotating through diagnostic duty with the other pathologists, the fellow will work closely with clinical veterinarians, curators, and animal care staff in addressing collection health issues through monthly morbidity and mortality meetings. There are weekly histopathology conferences to supplement preparation for the ACVP board exam, if necessary. The fellow may also participate in mentorship of visiting veterinary student externs throughout the year.
The fellowship includes a stipend and excellent benefits, attendance at scientific meetings, and generous annual leave. All necropsy attire and laundry are provided. Work schedules rotate and include weekend duty.