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Post-Doctoral Fellowships in Comparative Medicine

The Department of Pathology/Section on Comparative Medicine of Wake Forest School of Medicine (WFSM) is home to a long-standing research training program for veterinarians. 

The mission of this NIH-funded post-DVM training program is to prepare comparative medicine scientists for productive careers in research, in academic institutions, government and the private sector. Training is provided by successful, funded academic scientists who are committed to research training and mentorship. 

These positions provide 3 years of salary support, and provide a unique opportunity for motivated graduate veterinarians interested in advanced research training leading to a career as an independent investigator.

Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents, and graduates of accredited schools of veterinary medicine.

The fellowship typically leads to a PhD in Molecular and Cellular Bioscience, Molecular Medicine and Translational Sciences, or Integrative Physiology and Pharmacology. Research opportunities include internationally recognized programs in cardiovascular disease, women's health, cancer, radiation effects, microbiology, immunology, aging, neurodegenerative disorders, behavioral neuroscience, regenerative medicine, diabetes, reproductive system disorders, and substance abuse.

The 27 training faculty committed to the program represent a variety of basic and clinical disciplines. The broader WFSM community consists of over 1200 faculty comprising 41 academic departments and 26 Centers or Institutes. Major institutional resources include the WFU Translational Science Institute, national Primate Research resources, the Comprehensive Cancer Center of Wake Forest University, the Hypertension and Vascular Research Center, the Institute for Regenerative Medicine, the Center for Personalized Medicine, and the Sticht Center for Aging Research.

The Medical Center is the major employer in Winston-Salem, an affordable community of 240,000 in the Piedmont region of North Carolina. Salary is NIH scale, commensurate with experience. WFSM provides health insurance and travel support.

Interested applicants should send the following:

  • a statement of career goals and interests,
  • a curriculum vitae,
  • undergraduate and veterinary college transcripts direct from a university registrar, and
  • 3 letters of reference under separate cover


Nancy Kock, DVM, PhD, DACVP, Recruiting Coordinator
Department of Pathology, Section on Comparative Medicine
Wake Forest School of Medicine
Winston-Salem, NC 27157-1040

Telephone: 336-713-7389, or email

Wake Forest School of Medicine is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.  

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

Tel: 336-713-1475

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Recruiting Director - T32 and All Others
Nancy Kock DVM PhD

Tel: 336-713-7389

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