Whitcomb Bio

Dr. Tiffany Whitcomb

At-Large Director Representing Departments of Comparative Medicine


Dr. Tiffany L. Whitcomb is the director of the Laboratory Animal Medicine Training Program at the Penn State College of Medicine, where she works to apply interdisciplinary evidence-based pedagogical practices and neuroscience-based theoretical approaches to veterinary residency curriculum development.

She also serves as associate director of the Animal Resources Program at Penn State College of Medicine, vice chair of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, co-director of the Problem-Based Learning Curriculum for the College of Medicine (representing 40 percent of the total medical school curriculum), and as a voting member of the Committee for Undergraduate Medical Education for the College of Medicine.

Dr. Whitcomb worked in companion animal private practice for 11 years before pursuing specialty training and has been on faculty at the Penn State College of Medicine for eight years. She has studied murine models of human disease, including retinal degeneration, bone remodeling, and models of neoplasia. Current research interests include curriculum development, hidden curriculum in veterinary medical education, and refinement of animal care and use practices.

She earned her BS and DVM degrees at the The Ohio State University and completed her residency training in Laboratory Animal Medicine at the State University of New York at Buffalo. She is a diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM) and has completed a graduate certificate in Adult Education in the Health and Medical Professions at Penn State Harrisburg.

Memberships in addition to the American Veterinary Medical Association include the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine, American Association of Laboratory Animal Science, American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners, Laboratory Animal Welfare Training Exchange and Pennsylvania Society of Biomedical Research.

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