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Postdoctoral Fellowships in Comparative Pathology and Laboratory Animal Medicine

The Dept of Molecular and Comparative Pathobiology (formerly Comparative Medicine) obtained one of the first NIH Training Grants for postgraduate training of veterinarians and has been funded continuously for over 35 years. Our combination of intensive training in Comparative Pathology and Laboratory Animal Medicine during the first year of the program, and research mentored by outstanding scientists in the final three years has proven highly successful. More than 100 veterinarians have been trained in the Department of Comparative Medicine (now the Department of Molecular and Comparative Pathobiology); many are now department chairs and leaders in academia and industry worldwide. Department faculty includes ACVP Diplomates, ACLAM Diplomates, and comparative medicine scientists. Faculty in Molecular and Comparative Pathobiology conduct research in retrovirology, neuropathology, vascular biology, infectious disease, carcinogenesis, rodent phenotyping and several other fields of experimental pathology. Our postdoctoral fellows have a high pass rate on Veterinary Pathology (ACVP) and Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM) board examinations and graduates enjoy satisfying careers at universities and other institutes of higher learning, as well as in industry and government.

Comparative Pathology During the first year, trainees gain practical and diverse experience in anatomic pathology through gross and microscopic examination of pathology cases from the Johns Hopkins University animal colonies, from local practitioners and from the Maryland Zoo and National Aquarium in Baltimore. Diagnostic laboratories include necropsy, histology, clinical pathology, and state-of-the-art rodent phenotyping and small animal imaging cores. In the remaining three years, emphasis is on basic or translational research supervised by Molecular Comparative Pathobiology faculty or other faculty members within the university. During those three years, trainees also have the option to pursue a PhD through concurrent enrollment in any of several world-class graduate programs designed to provide closely mentored guidance in the process of conducting research. Pathology training continues throughout the program with weekly slide conferences, seminars, journal clubs and other courses in preparation for ACVP certification.

Laboratory Animal Medicine During the first year, emphasis of the program is on acquiring competence in clinical care, pathology, and diagnostic procedures in laboratory animals through rotations in surgical support and post-operative care, old and new world primate medicine and breeding colony management, and rodent program management. Our trainees have extraordinary diagnostic and surgical laboratories at their disposal (i.e. interventional radiology, small animal imaging core, rodent microsurgery, and advanced diagnosis through a state-of-the-art hospital facility). The veterinary team provides clinical and surgical services, animal handling and technique training, and protocol consultation to research investigators throughout the Johns Hopkins University. In the remaining years, emphasis is on basic or applied research supervised by Molecular Comparative Pathobiology faculty or other faculty members within the University. During those three years, trainees also have the option to pursue a PhD through concurrent enrollment in any of several world-class graduate programs designed to provide closely mentored guidance in the process of conducting research. During the last three years, trainees have opportunities to continue training in laboratory animal medicine including seminars, courses, journal clubs and minimal weekend call.

Qualifications: Candidates must have a DVM or equivalent degree, be a citizen or noncitizen resident of the United States, and have graduated from an AVMA accredited institution with passage of the NAVLE, have the ECFVG or a license to practice veterinary medicine in at least one state of the US.

To apply, please submit your curriculum vitae, transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and a letter of application. Your letter should describe your professional background, interests and goals, your clinical experience and preparation, and your plan for developing as a professional. Please mail your application materials to Wendy Elza e-mail her at welza1@jhmi.edu. Johns Hopkins University is an equal opportunity employer and educator. 



*The pathology and laboratory animal medicine postdoctoral fellowships are supported by the NCRR T32 training grant.

Current Postdoctoral Fellows

Comparative Pathology

Laboratory Animal Medicine

Lisa Mangus, DVM

Meghan Vermillion, DVM

Brian Simons, DVM

Tori Baxtor, DVM

Jeremy Foote, DVM

Gillian Shaw, DVM

Zachary Freeman, DVM

Sarah Beck, DVM

Rachael Cohen, DVM

Simon Long, DVM

 

LaTasha Crawford, DVM

 

Dillon Muth, DVM

 

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