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Comparative Medicine

Department Overview

T142 Health Sciences

The department provides education and research opportunities in the use of animals in biomedical research, testing, and education. In addition, training is provided for veterinarians in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of the diseases of laboratory animals. Current educational programs include scheduled courses in the principles and techniques of animal experimentation (C MED 407) for biomedical graduate students, zoonotic diseases, and training in laboratory-animal medicine for veterinary medical students and veterinarians, combined with a master of science degree program in comparative medicine. Areas of current research interests include enteric disease, lympocyte biology, biology of aging, mouse genomics, generation and characterization of transgenic animal models, somatic cell gene transfer, and animal models of gene therapy.

Graduate Programs

Graduate Program Coordinator
T136 Health Sciences, Box 351790
(206) 685-3261

Postdoctoral Program

Postdoctoral training in laboratory animal medicine and comparative pathology is offered to persons with a D.V.M. or equivalent degree. Training consists of coursework, clinical residency rotations, and research leading to a Master of Science degree in comparative medicine. The program also prepares participants for specialty certification by the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine. Financial assistance is normally provided. A detailed description of the postdoctoral program is available at

Master of Science

The Master of Science degree in comparative medicine provides advanced training in comparative medicine to veterinarians. Admission requires acceptance into the department's postdoctoral training program. The degree option involves additional elective courses, the completion of a more-involved research project, and a thesis.

Predoctoral Program

Designed to acquaint veterinary medical students with laboratory-animal medicine as a veterinary specialty. Specific areas covered include control/treatment of the principal diseases of common laboratory animals and their role in biomedical research. Blocks of four to eight weeks are available for fourth-year students year-round. Stipend support is normally provided.