Organization profile

Organization profile

The Department of Comparative Medicine is an academic department within Penn State College of Medicine staffed by veterinarians specialized in laboratory animal medicine and veterinary pathology.

The department provides comprehensive health care for six to 10 different species of laboratory animal patients that are used by more than 120 scientists within the College of Medicine and Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

Services include animal care and husbandry; clinical veterinary medicine; gross and microscopic veterinary pathology; surveillance of spontaneous animal diseases; post-operative and intensive care; training in animal handling and procedures; and technical assistance for scientists and students. The department promotes animal welfare and supports biomedical research by providing training to researchers and maintaining expertise in laws and regulations that pertain to the use of animals in research.

The department also offers a three-year training program in laboratory animal medicine to graduate veterinarians. The program provides a broad foundation upon which an individual can build a career in research, teaching or in the professional direction of animal research programs.

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    Photo of Hannah Atkins

    Hannah Atkins, DVM, PhD

    Person: Academic

    Photo of Jennifer Booth

    Jennifer Booth, DVM, MS

    Person: Academic

    No photo of Jenelle Izer

    Jenelle Izer, DVM, MS

    Person: Academic

    Photo of Xuwen Peng
    Photo of Tiffany Whitcomb

    Tiffany Whitcomb, DVM

    Person: Academic

    Photo of Ronald Wilson

    Ronald Wilson, VMD, MS

    Person: Academic


    Research Output

  • CD8 T cells and STAT1 signaling are essential codeterminants in protection from polyomavirus encephalopathy

    Mockus, T. E., Netherby-Winslow, C. S., Atkins, H. M., Lauver, M. D., Jin, G., Ren, H. M. & Lukacher, A. E., Mar 1 2020, In : Journal of virology. 94, 8, e02038-19.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Serine phosphorylation of the STAT1 transactivation domain promotes autoreactive B cell and systemic autoimmunity development

    Chodisetti, S. B., Fike, A. J., Domeier, P. P., Schell, S. L., Mockus, T. E., Choi, N. M., Corradetti, C., Hou, B., Atkins, H. M., Caricchio, R., Decker, T., Lukacher, A., Olsen, N. & Rahman, Z. S. M., May 15 2020, In : Journal of Immunology. 204, 10, p. 2641-2650 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Author Correction: The wide utility of rabbits as models of human diseases (Experimental & Molecular Medicine, (2018), 50, 5, (66), 10.1038/s12276-018-0094-1)

    Esteves, P. J., Abrantes, J., Baldauf, H. M., BenMohamed, L., Chen, Y., Christensen, N., González-Gallego, J., Giacani, L., Hu, J., Kaplan, G., Keppler, O. T., Knight, K. L., Kong, X. P., Lanning, D. K., Le Pendu, J., de Matos, A. L., Liu, J., Liu, S., Lopes, A. M., Lu, S. & 17 others, Lukehart, S., Manabe, Y. C., Neves, F., McFadden, G., Pan, R., Peng, X., de Sousa-Pereira, P., Pinheiro, A., Rahman, M., Ruvoën-Clouet, N., Subbian, S., Tuñón, M. J., van der Loo, W., Vaine, M., Via, L. E., Wang, S. & Mage, R., Jul 1 2019, In : Experimental and Molecular Medicine. 51, 7, 71.

    Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

    Open Access
  • 2 Scopus citations
  • 3 Scopus citations

    Chronic In Vivo Test of a Right Heart Replacement Blood Pump for Failed Fontan Circulation

    Cysyk, J., Clark, J. B., Newswanger, R., Jhun, C. S., Izer, J., Finicle, H., Reibson, J., Doxtater, B., Weiss, W. & Rosenberg, G., Aug 1 2019, In : ASAIO Journal. 65, 6, p. 593-600 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 3 Scopus citations

    Chronic ovine studies demonstrate low thromboembolic risk in the Penn State infant ventricular assist device

    Lukic, B., Brian Clark, J., Izer, J. M., Cooper, T. K., Finicle, H. A., Cysyk, J., Doxtater, B., Yeager, E., Reibson, J., Newswanger, R. K., Leibich, P., Bletcher, K. & Weiss, W. J., 2019, In : ASAIO Journal. 65, 4, p. 371-379 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Scopus citations

    Development of a Pain Scoring System for Use in Sheep Surgically Implanted with Ventricular Assist Devices

    Izer, J. M., LaFleur, R. A., Weiss, W. J. & Wilson, R. P., Nov 17 2019, In : Journal of Investigative Surgery. 32, 8, p. 706-715 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Projects

  • Activities

    • 1 Invited talk

    Moving the Needle on Unconscious Bias and Micro-aggressions: One Interdisciplinary Team’s Journey on the Path to Inclusion

    Jennifer Booth (Speaker), , S Carmo (Speaker), , Lynette Chappell-Williams (Speaker), , Sarah Clark (Speaker), , Penny Devlin (Speaker), & Tiffany Whitcomb (Speaker)

    Mar 2019

    Activity: Talk typesInvited talk