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Veterinary Training Opportunities 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 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.




Research Fellowships:

An NIH Training Grant has existed at Wake Forest University since 1959 to support post-DVM training in Comparative Medicine, and the section continues to offer several programs that provide the professional and clinical experience needed to pursue a career in academic or industry research.


  • 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 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.


  • Director:  Dr. Kylie Kavanagh  
  • First- or second-year 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 is open to 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, and last for 2-4weeks.  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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    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

    E-mail Dr. Kock

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