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Veterinary Training Opportunities in Comparative Medicine

Veterinary Students and Veterinarians interested in Pathology Residencies and Externships

Veterinary Anatomic Pathology Residency

Veterinary Students and Veterinarians interested in Laboratory Animal Residencies and Externships

Laboratory Animal Medicine Residency

Residents in disciplines may apply to enter into the research fellowship program after completion of at least one year.

Veterinary Students and Veterinarians interested in Research Fellowships 

Research Fellowships
An NIH Training Grant was established at Wake Forest University in 1959 to support post-DVM training in Comparative Medicine, and the section continues to offer programs that provide the professional and clinical experience needed to pursue a career in research.

Post-Doctoral Fellowships in Comparative Medicine - T32

  • Director - Dr. Mark Cline
  • These 3-year, NIH-supported Post-Doctoral Fellowships in Comparative Medicine include formal instruction, research, and professional mentorship; they are open to US citizens or permanent residents who have graduated from AVMA-accredited veterinary schools. Fellowships are research-oriented, and most Fellows pursue a PhD or MS degree as part of their training.

Veterinary Students interested in Summer Research Scholar programs

Summer Research Fellowships in Comparative Medicine for Veterinary Students - T35

  • Director - Dr. Kylie Kavanagh
  • Students from AVMA-accredited veterinary schools may apply for these NIH-sponsored Summer Research Fellowships, which require at least 8 weeks in the department; they are open to US citizens or permanent residents. The program accepts up to 5 students per summer and provides research training using animal models of human disease.


The tradition of veterinary training at WFSM began under the leadership of Thomas B. Clarkson in 1957, and our institutional T32 post-doctoral training grant "Laboratory and Comparative Medicine Training" celebrated its 58th consecutive year of funding in 2016.

Seven former trainees in this program have served as presidents of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine, and 14 have created departments or programs at other institutions. The Comparative Medicine faculty provide an outstanding resource of professional expertise for clinical and research training. The broader WFSM community consists of over 1000 faculty and approximately $200M/year in research funding, spanning many academic departments and Centers or Institutes. Institutional strengths include the Translational Science Institute, the Wake Forest Primate Center, the Comprehensive Cancer Center of Wake Forest University, the WFU Institute for Regenerative Medicine, the Center for Human Genomics, the Translational Imaging Program, the Wake Forest Alzheimer's Disease Center and the Sticht Center for Aging Research.

Quick Reference

Veterinary Training Programs in Comparative Med
Recruiting Director - T35
Kylie Kavanagh VMS MVS MPH

Tel: 336-713-1475

E-mail Dr. Kavanagh

Recruiting Director - T32 and All Others
Nancy Kock DVM PhD

Tel: 336-713-7389

E-mail Dr. Kock

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