The Johns Hopkins Department of Molecular and Comparative Pathobiology offers summer fellowships in diagnostic pathology to veterinary students.  This program has two goals for the successful applicant: 1) acquire competence in diagnostic pathology in a wide range of laboratory, domestic and exotic animals, and 2) gain experience in experimental pathology and biomedical research.

Summer fellows will participate in laboratory animal pathology submissions, as well as see cases from the Maryland Zoo, National Aquarium in Baltimore, and local practitioners.They perform gross necropsies, trim tissues, and assess histopathology.  Cases are signed out with faculty ACVP Diplomates. Fellows work closely with postdoctoral DVMs training in Veterinary Pathology and Laboratory Animal Medicine.  Their necropsy rotation is two to three days per week, and they are not required to be on evening or weekend call.

Summer fellows are encouraged to participate in research projects, mentored by faculty pathologists or investigators. You will be asked to rank 3 research concentrations that interest you from the list below, and you will be matched with a mentor.

The program starts May 20, 2024 and continues for a minimum of 8 weeks, up to a maximum of 12 weeks.  Fellows join a community of seven other veterinary students engaged in this and other summer programs in the department. The programs include multiple organized professional development and training  activities, so Fellows are encouraged to take vacation before or after the fellowship, however there will be flexibility in the start date for students whose academic year ends after May 20, 2024. This program provides a weekly stipend of approximately $566.


Eligible candidates must have completed 2 years of the professional veterinary curriculum in an a AVMA Accredited College of Veterinary Medicine. The student need not have previously participated in research or pathology activities, but should have completed introductory pathology coursework prior to their fellowship, and have an interest in pursuing research and anatomic pathology as a career.


To apply for the program, please fill out the form at this link. After completing the online form you will be instructed to upload the following materials

  1. a letter stating your background, interests and goals,
  2. a copy of your veterinary school transcript, with GPA and class rank (unofficial copy is acceptable),
  3. curriculum vitae
  4. two (2) letters of recommendation from faculty members.

Application deadline is February 1, 2024.   Questions or concerns contact Momina Malik, Academic Program Coordinator, Department of Molecular and Comparative Pathobiology, Johns Hopkins University, 733 N. Broadway, Suite 811, Baltimore, MD  21205-2196, or e-mail to

For information on the Department of Molecular and Comparative Pathobiology and other training opportunities for veterinary students and veterinarians, please visit our website at .

Johns Hopkins University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to racial, and cultural and ethnic diversity.  Nominations and applications from women and individuals from a broad spectrum of backgrounds are encouraged.