Comparative Medicine Training Opportunities


The Department of Pathology's Section on Comparative Medicine offers residency programs in Veterinary Anatomic Pathology and Laboratory Animal Medicine as well as predoctoral and postdoctoral  research fellowships in Comparative Medicine. 

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 50th consecutive year of funding in 2009.

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. Our training program currently includes 4 diplomates of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM), and 2 diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists (ACVP).

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 Center for Comparative Medicine Research, the Comprehensive Cancer Center of Wake Forest University, the WFU Institute for Regenerative Medicine, the Center for Human Genomics, the Women's Health Center of Excellence, the Center for Biomolecular Imaging, and the Sticht Center for Aging Research.


Veterinary Anatomic Pathology Residency

Laboratory Animal Medicine Residency

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

Research Fellowships:

An NIH Training Grant has 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

  • 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.

Summer Research Fellowships for Veterinary Students 

  • 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. The program accepts up to 5 students per summer and provides research training using animal models of human disease.


Externships and Independent Study

  • These programs provide an introduction to veterinary pathology, laboratory animal medicine, or comparative medicine research, and last for 3-4weeks.  They allow for close work with a faculty mentor to explore a topic of mutual interest. Interested students should provide a letter describing their interests, a curriculum vitae, official grade transcripts, and the names and e-mail addresses of 3 references to Dr. Nancy Kock, below.

For Additional Information:

Please contact Dr. Nancy Kock at 336-713-7389 or send a fax to 336-713-7395.  You may also email her at, or write to:

Nancy D. Kock, DVM PhD
Recruiting Director for Training Programs in Comparative Medicine
Department of Pathology - Comparative Medicine
Wake Forest School of Medicine
Medical Center Boulevard
Winston-Salem, NC 27157

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

Tel: 336-713-1475
Fax: 336-716-1515

E-mail Dr. Kavanagh

Recruiting Director - All Others
Nancy Kock DVM PhD

Tel: 336-713-7389
Fax: 336-713-7395

E-mail Dr. Kock

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