Shannon McCook, Tufts University
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The 2012 SAVMA Travel Grant really helped to ease the financial burden of my trip to the Comparative Ocular Pathology Laboratory of Wisconsin in August of 2012. I have always planned to become a pathologist. Having developed a keen interest in ophthalmology during my third year vet school course work, this externship experience was a natural fit for me. August was a fantastic time to be in Madison - the weather was perfect and the people were warm and welcoming. I stayed with the director of the COPLOW, Dr. Dick Dubielzig, and his wife, Doris. During my stay at the COPLOW, I participated in daily resident histopathology training rounds and attended afternoon necropsy rounds. I participated in mock exam sessions for the American College of Veterinary Pathology Board examination, which were incredibly helpful in planning for my future as a pathology resident. I had the opportunity to view ocular histology sections from many different species of animals from invertebrates to primates, including a jumping spider, May fly, Cock-eyed squid, wasp, ostrich, western lowland gorilla, hippopotamus, Russian tortoise and a white rhinoceros. To round out my comparative ocular pathology experience, I was able to attend weekly Ophthalmology rounds at the UW Medical School and sit in while they read out human biopsy cases. All in all, it was a truly fantastic experience. Many thanks to SAVMA for making it possible!