About Comparative Medicine


Donna Bouley, DVM, PhD

Kleinheinz Family Faculty Fellow in the Bass University Fellows Program for Undergraduate Education Award, Stanford University (2011-2016, 2016 - 2021).

Read about Dr. B's Brain Collection:  article


Comparative Medicine is a distinct discipline of experimental medicine that uses animal models of human and animal disease in translational and biomedical research. The Department of Comparative Medicine at Stanford is an academic department whose faculty teach at the undergraduate, graduate, professional and post graduate levels.


Thomas L. Cherpes MD, DVM

The faculty in the Department of Comparative Medicine are basic researchers or veterinary clinician scientists, all working toward one health. Basic scientist faculty use animal models of epilepsy, neuronal reorganization and recovery after injury, and cortical neuronal circuitry to study physiological and patho-physiological processes. The veterinary clinical faculty in the Department of Comparative Medicine research interests focus on topics pertaining to laboratory animal and wildlife health, and on animal models of human disease. The species studied are diverse, ranging from rodents to the African Clawed frog.

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Faculty Book Publications

Green SL
The Laboratory Xenopus
Boca Raton, FL
Taylor & Francis Group, 2009

Pacharinsak C, Smith JC
Handbook of Laboratory Animal Anesthesia and Pain Management: Rodents
Boca Raton, FL
Taylor & Francis Group, 2017

Faculty Journal Publications

Thurber MI, O'Connell-Rodwell CE, Turner WC, Nambandi K, Kinzley C, Rodwell TC, Faulkner CT, Felt SA, Bouley DM
Effects of rainfall, host demography, and musth on strongyle fecal egg counts in African elephants (Loxodonta africana) in Namibia.
J Wildlife Dis 2011 Jan;47(1):172-81.