Comparative Pathobiology

The Department of Comparative Pathobiology conducts world-class research, fosters scholarly activity, and professionally trains veterinary, graduate, and postdoctoral candidates. The department delivers quality veterinary student teaching and graduate and postdoctoral training programs while conducting state-of-the-art biomedical research and fostering scholarly activity among its students and faculty members.

First-Year Courses

  • Anatomy I & II
  • Clinical Skills I
  • General Pathology
  • Organ System Structure and Function, I & II
  • Veterinary Biochemistry and Metabolism
  • Problem Based Learning I

Second-Year Courses

  • Animal Law and Veterinary Medicine
  • Basic Pharmacology
  • Clinical Skills II
  • Endocrine Pathophysiology
  • Gastrointestinal Pathophysiology
  • Hemic Lymphatic & Clinical Pathology
  • Urinary Pathophysiology
  • Respiratory Pathophysiology

Third-Year and Fourth-Year Rotations

  • Anatomical and Clinical Pathology
  • Ethics and Veterinary Medicine

Graduate Courses

  • Preventative Medicine in Research Animal Facilities & Journal Club
  • Surgery & Anesthesia in Research Facilities
  • Introduction to Laboratory Animal Medicine
  • Laboratory Animal Medicine and Pathology
  • Specialized Research Environments & Journal Club
  • Applied Learning Experience (ALE)


Research in the department involves a variety of methodological approaches, including basic, clinical, pedagogical, and field studies, with which they investigate topics related to both animal and human health. Areas of interest include endocrine and metabolic diseases, reproductive health, systems, and cell-based opioid pharmacology and neurobiology, as well as research related to the practice of veterinary education. Members of the department are highly collaborative with internal and external research partners from both academia and industry.

Faculty members in the section of Cummings Veterinary Diagnostic Lab are involved in teaching, research and providing anatomic and clinical pathology support to the various clinics and organizations on and off campus.



Contact Us

Department of Comparative Pathobiology
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University
200 Westboro Road
North Grafton, MA 01536