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Residencies in Comparative Pathology and Laboratory Animal Medicine


Laboratory Animal Medicine

Johns Hopkins University offers a three-year postdoctoral fellowship in Laboratory Animal Medicine (LAM). The program is funded by Research Animal Resources and runs in tandem with the NIH-funded postdoctoral training program.  This program has a strong clinical emphasis: trainees are given broad exposure and responsibilities in our clinical and pathology programs. The program provides outstanding clinical training in laboratory animal medicine as well as scholarly activities to fulfill the requirements for certification by the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM).

Emphasis of the program is on acquiring competence in clinical care, pathology, and diagnostic procedures in laboratory animals through rotations in large animal 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 phenotyping core, minimally invasive surgical training facilities (MISTC), 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 later years, residents continue their clinical experience and spend majority of their time in collaborative research projects with faculty tailored to the trainee’s interests throughout the institution for one or more research publications. During the final year, residents work closely with departmental faculty (five ACLAM Diplomates), regional study groups (i.e. Army programs), and LAM postdoctoral fellows in preparation for ACLAM board examination.

Comparative Pathology-with emphasis in Rodent Phenotyping

Johns Hopkins University offers a three-year postdoctoral fellowship in comparative pathology, with an emphasis on phenotyping. This program provides outstanding anatomic pathology training with emphasis on phenotyping and pathology of genetically engineered rodents and prepares the trainee to fulfill the requirements for certification by the American College of Veterinary Pathology (ACVP). 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. Trainees work closely with departmental faculty, which includes six ACVP Diplomates and participate in the medical school’s pathology curriculum. Diagnostic laboratories include necropsy, histology, clinical pathology, and state-of-the-art phenotyping and small animal imaging cores. The program also provides opportunities for research collaborations with faculty tailored to the trainee’s interests in the School of Medicine.

All Trainees

Throughout the three years, trainees participate in a series of weekly academic events: a laboratory animal medicine lecture series, pathology slide review, research seminar series, journal review, and clinical rounds. Trainees are expected to prepare posters or presentations for local and national meetings and can expect to attend a national meeting during their second and third years.

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 Emma Ey or e-mail her at
Current Residents

Information on Applying: LAM

Comparative Pathology

Byung Hak Kang, DVM

Laboratory Animal Medicine

Rachel Cooper, DVM

Logan France, DVM

Casey Kissel, DVM

Courses Offered