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 research experience in a world-class biomedical research lab.

Summer fellows will participate in the animal necropsy service for laboratory animals housed within the University as well as see cases from the Maryland Zoo, National Aquarium in Baltimore, and local practitioners.  Fellows will perform gross necropsies, trim tissues and make histopathologic diagnoses.  Cases will be signed out with an ACVP Diplomates on faculty.  Trainees will work side by side with DVMs participating in the postdoctoral training program in Comparative Medicine.  Necropsy rotation will be two to three days a week.  Summer fellows will not be required to be on evening or weekend call.

Summer fellows will also be participating in independent summer research projects consistent with their interests.  Eligible host labs are led by proven mentors, and detailed information on research directions can be found on our webpage ( 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 on May 23, 2023 and continues for a minimum period 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 program includes multiple organized professional development activities, so Fellows are encouraged to take vacation before or after the fellowship dates, however there will be flexibility in the start date for students whose academic year ends later than May 23, 2023. This program provides a weekly stipend of approximately $549.

To be eligible to apply for a fellowship, a veterinary student must be in their 1st or 2nd year of the professional veterinary curriculum.  The student need not have participated in research or laboratory animal medicine activities previously, but should have an interest in exploring research and laboratory animal medicine as career options. Veterinary students from populations underrepresented in the biomedical sciences are strongly encouraged to apply. 

To apply for the program, please go to the following link Once you complete the online form you will be instructed to upload the following materials

  1. A 1 page letter stating your background, interests and goals that includes a statement on how your participation in the program will help to increase diversity in the field of LAM,
  2. A ranked list of three research concentrations that interest you (choose from: behavior, stress physiology, animal welfare, anesthesia, analgesia, infectious disease, immunology, cancer biology, genetics, neurology),
  3. A copy of your veterinary school transcript (unofficial is acceptable),
  4. A resumé,
  5. Your GPA and class rank
  6. Two (2) letters of recommendation from veterinary school faculty.

Please email the application to Jasmine Ward, Academic Program Coordinator, Department of Molecular and Comparative Pathobiology, by February 1, 2023. 

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