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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Rabbits Medicine & Life Sciences
Cottontail rabbit papillomavirus Medicine & Life Sciences
Heart-Assist Devices Medicine & Life Sciences
rabbits Agriculture & Biology
Neoplasms Medicine & Life Sciences
Kidney Medicine & Life Sciences
Animals Chemical Compounds
Romano-Ward Syndrome Medicine & Life Sciences

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Profiles

Photo of Hannah Atkins

Hannah Atkins, DVM, PhD

Person: Academic

20142018
Photo of Jennifer Booth
20132014
No photo of Jenelle Izer

Jenelle Izer, DVM, MS

Person: Academic

20142019
Photo of Xuwen Peng
19892019
Photo of Tiffany Whitcomb

Tiffany Whitcomb, DVM

Person: Academic

20102017
Photo of Ronald Wilson

Ronald Wilson, VMD, MS

Person: Academic

19922019

Research Output 1989 2019

Electrodes
Blood
Left ventricular assist devices
Pumps
Echocardiography

Chronic Ovine Studies Demonstrate Low Thromboembolic Risk in the Penn State Infant Ventricular Assist Device

Lukic, B., Clark, J., Izer, J., Cooper, T. K., Finicle, H. A., Cysyk, J., Doxtater, B., Yeager, E., Reibson, J., Newswanger, R. K., Leibich, P., Bletcher, K. & Weiss, W., May 1 2019, In : ASAIO journal (American Society for Artificial Internal Organs : 1992). 65, 4, p. 371-379 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Heart-Assist Devices
Sheep
Animals
Equipment and Supplies
Left ventricular assist devices
Point-of-Care Systems
Domestic Sheep
Dorset (sheep breed)
blood gases
crossbreds
Hepatitis A virus
biomarkers
anesthesia
kidneys
receptors

Papillomavirus can be transmitted through the blood and produce infections in blood recipients: Evidence from two animal models

Cladel, N. M., Jiang, P., Li, J. J., Peng, X., Cooper, T. K., Majerciak, V., Balogh, K. K., Meyer, T. J., Brendle, S. A., Budgeon, L. R., Shearer, D. A., Munden, R., Cam, M., Vallur, R., Christensen, N. D., Zheng, Z. M. & Hu, J., Jan 1 2019, In : Emerging Microbes and Infections. 8, 1, p. 1108-1121 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Papillomavirus Infections
Animal Models
Infection
Neoplasms
Stomach
2 Citations (Scopus)
Cottontail rabbit papillomavirus
Papillomaviridae
rabbits
Sylvilagus floridanus
Rabbits
1 Citation (Scopus)

Animal Models for Pediatric Mechanical Circulatory Support Research at Penn State Health

Izer, J., Wilson, R., Clark, J., Myers, J., Weiss, W. & Undar, A., Apr 1 2018, In : Artificial Organs. 42, 4, p. 347-353 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Artificial heart
Artificial Heart
Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation
Pediatrics
Heart-Assist Devices

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

Izer, J., LaFleur, R. A., Weiss, W. & Wilson, R., Apr 11 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Investigative Surgery. p. 1-10 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Heart-Assist Devices
Sheep
Pain
Postoperative Pain
Biomedical Research
5 Citations (Scopus)

Impact of Different Perfusion Modalities on Coronary and Carotid Blood Flow Velocities in an Adult ECLS Swine Model

Wang, S., Patel, S., Izer, J., Clark, J., Kunselman, A., Wilson, R. & Undar, A., Sep 1 2018, In : Artificial organs. 42, 9, p. 918-921 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Blood Flow Velocity
Flow velocity
Coronary Vessels
Blood
Swine

Labyrinthitis Ossificans in a Cynomolgus Macaque (Macaca fascicularis)

Balamayooran, G., Atkins, H., Whitlow, C. T., Aycock, S. T., Nader, M. A., Cline, J. M. & Caudell, D. L., Jun 1 2018, In : Comparative Medicine. 68, 3, p. 239-242 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Labyrinthitis
Macaca fascicularis
Catheters
Audition
Macaca

Projects 2012 2014

Antibody-Producing Cells
Skin
Antibodies
Chemokine Receptors
Skin Diseases