The Department of Veterinary Pathology offers MS and PhD degrees. Students seeking admission must apply to the Graduate College Admissions Office. An electronic application is required to apply to ISU's graduate programs; the form and necessary instructions are available online.

Contact the Director of Graduate Education (Jodi Smith, jdismith@iastate.edubefore any application is made.

Admission Criteria

Adjunct Instructor: Applicants seeking an adjunct instructor position must be graduates from a curriculum in veterinary medicine that is similar in training and didactic courses to accredited veterinary medical colleges in the United States. The department should be contacted prior to application for availability of positions.

For the ACVP training track (residency) of the anatomic or clinical pathology graduate program designed to train veterinary pathologists, the student must have a funded position within the Department of Veterinary Pathology.  If the student does not have a funded position or is not enrolled in the departmental degree program, enrollment in courses pertaining to the residency program and activities that support the residency program must have the approval of the Department Chair of Veterinary Pathology and the head of the departmental residency training program.


The Department follows the general guidelines outlined by the Graduate College Application Instructions for TOEFL scores and transcripts. Submit these with your application to the Admissions Office as instructed in the Application Instructions.

A teaching component is required to receive a degree from the Department.

The Department requires three letters of recommendation and a one-page personal statement which should be sent directly to the department at the address below under Procedure.

Deadlines and Timelines

An adjunct instructor position or a graduate position may become available anytime during the year. Please contact the Director of Graduate Education (DOGE) for the Department concerning the availability of positions.


  • Contact the Director of Graduate Education before any application is made.

  • Access the Iowa State University Graduate College Admissions web site

  • Follow the Graduate College Application Instructions. Your application and transcripts must be submitted to the Graduate College Admissions Office. GRE scores are encouraged, but not required.

  • Submit a curriculum vitae or resume, and three letters of recommendation, with a one-page personal statement to:
    Director of Graduate Education, Dr. Jodi Smith

  • email:

  • mail: Department of Veterinary Pathology
    2720 College of Veterinary Medicine
    Iowa State University
    Ames, IA 50011-1250      

If you have your own financial support, please bring that to our attention.

If you have questions, the admissions office can be contacted at (515) 294-0818 or