Center for Comparative Medicine

The Center for Comparative Medicine (CCM) at Massachusetts General Hospital oversees centralized animal housing and procedure space located throughout Boston, Charlestown, and Cambridge, MA. CCM also maintains a clinical pathology laboratory for diagnostic support.

Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) conducts the largest hospital-based research program in the world. The Massachusetts General Hospital Research Institute (MGH RI) has long been a leader in successfully bridging innovative science with state-of-the-art clinical medicine- effectively advancing the discoveries made at the laboratory bench to the patients treated at the hospital.

The current research institute is comprised of over 8,500 staff members working across more than 30 centers and departments and involves the use of animal models for discovery and translational research in nearly every category of disease or injury.

Learn more about MGH RI here: https://www.massgeneral.org/about/overview.aspx

The Center for Comparative Medicine (CCM) cares for the animals within the MGH RI. The laboratory animal care and use program at MGH is accredited by AAALAC International, has an assurance with the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) and is registered with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Animal well-being is the primary focus of CCM. CCM oversees centralized animal housing and procedure space located throughout Boston, Charlestown, and Cambridge, MA. CCM also maintains a clinical pathology laboratory for diagnostic support.

To learn more about how animals (and those that for care for them) contribute to medical progress, visit these websites:

Americans for Medical Progress (AMPs) https://www.comeseeourworld.org/about/

National Association for Biomedical Research (NABR): https://www.nabr.org


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How We Get it Done

CCM has adopted a culture of Continuous Improvement (CI), utilizing the principles and practices of Lean Management. Lean Management leverages the ideas, feedback and contribution of all employees in an organization. CI relies on all staff members to continuously identify and solve organizational problems to fulfill the goals of the organization and deliver value to the customer. Various industries have implemented Lean tools and philosophies; MGH and CCM recognized these advances over a decade ago, and thus adapted these systematic continuous improvement techniques to the biomedical and research sectors. MGH CCM is a founding member of VOEN, Vivarium Operational Excellence Network.


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Undergraduate Opportunities

  • Summer Undergraduate Internship
    • The Summer Undergraduate Internship at the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Comparative Medicine offers students hands-on training in laboratory animal husbandry and care. See here for more information on this program.

Veterinary Opportunities

  • 1-2 week internship opportunities can be designed for current veterinarians or veterinary students, as scheduling allows. At least 3 months advanced planning is recommended. Email dmolk@mgh.harvard.edu for more information.

ACLAM – Accredited Residency Program

  • MGH Post-Doctoral Training in Lab Animal Medicine and Management (LAMM):
    • MGH is an ACLAM-recognized lab animal residency program site. CCM offers veterinarians a 3-year training program in lab animal medicine, with a unique focus on management. Trainees will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the program, with the expectation that they will have a first-author publication and meet all other requirements to be eligible to take the ACLAM certification examination. See here for more information on this program.
Contact CCM
  • For general inquiries regarding information on this webpage or other questions about CCM, please email mghccm@partners.org.