Combined Comparative Medicine Residency and M.S./Ph.D.

The Combined Comparative Medicine Residency and M.S./Ph.D. program prepares trainees for board certification with the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine by combining research with training in laboratory animal medicine.

Program Highlights

  • Earn a Master of Science or a doctorate in microbiology or pathology

    Conduct mentored research alongside experienced faculty, culminating in an M.S. or Ph.D. Present and discuss findings with other graduate students and faculty at weekly research seminars, and attend local and national scientific conferences. Publish your results in peer-reviewed journals.

  • State-of-the-art facilities

    Over 80,000 square feet of research space including BSL3 rodent biocontainment facilities, outdoor paddocks, and pastures.

  • Enhanced research preparation and laboratory training

    Participate in weekly rounds with faculty to discuss current clinical cases and management, animal-care protocol review, literature review, and regulatory review.

  • Teaching opportunities

    Share knowledge with veterinary students and graduate students through courses, externships, and rotations.

Facilities View All

Work, teach, and learn in state-of-the-art facilities, with access to modern diagnostic and treatment technology and equipment.

Veterinary Teaching Hospital learn more
Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratories learn more
Infectious Disease Research and Response Network learn more

Training and Experience

Trainees gain hands-on experience through Laboratory Animal Resources, a program accredited by AAALAC International. Residents obtain clinical experience, interact with investigators, and are involved in laboratory animal management considerations and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee functions.

  • Help manage a caseload of 2,400 morbidity and mortality reports and 500 necropsies per year
  • Collaborate with CSU’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee to help review approximately 350 new protocols annually

Research Opportunities

There are many opportunities to work with our world-renowned faculty in the areas of:

  • Arthropod-borne infectious disease
  • Bacterial and viral pathogenesis
  • Cancer biology
  • Immunoparasitology
  • Malarial molecular biology and immunology
  • Mycobacterial diseases
  • Retrovirus pathogenesis/therapy
  • Transmissible spongiform encephalopathies
  • Vector biology

Training grants

Students may be eligible to earn grant funding and additional hands-on research experience by participating in a research training opportunity funded by the National Institutes of Health:

Career Opportunities

The Comparative Medicine Residency and Combined M.S./Ph.D. program equips trainees with essential experiences in pharmaceuticals, academia, and industry. Our graduates are valued by a variety of employers, including:

  • Case Western Reserve University
  • West Virginia University
  • University of Texas Medical Branch
  • Michale E. Keeling Center for Comparative Medicine and Research
  • University of Utah
  • National Jewish Health
  • University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • Taconic Biosciences
  • Washington State University
  • Rocky Mountain Laboratories, NIH
  • National Institutes of Health
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Wisconsin

Application Information and Deadlines

To apply, submit an application and upload required materials through the Veterinary Internship and Residency Matching Program.

Applicants are encouraged to contact references and registrar to ensure letters of support and transcripts are submitted ahead of the deadline.


Date Action
October Application Opens
Early November Application Deadline

Veterinary Internship and Residency Matching Program

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Compensation and Benefits

Residents receive a stipend and full tuition coverage. For more information about Colorado State University employee benefits, visit the Human Resources website.

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