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Veterinary Medicine & Surgery

The Department of Veterinary Medicine & Surgery (DVMS) offers a wide variety of educational opportunities for individuals seeking a career or continuing education in laboratory animal science. Contact DVMS for more information on each program and application procedures.

  • Laboratory Animal Medicine Training
  • Training and Certification of Staff Surgeons
  • Veterinary Student Extern Program
  • Veterinary Technician Training Program
  • College Student Summer Program

Laboratory Animal Medicine Training

Postdoctoral fellowships in laboratory animal medicine are available for qualified veterinarians. The department also offers laboratory animal medicine preceptoral training for veterinary students. Seminars on various relevant topics are presented on a regular basis. Postdoctoral fellows and preceptor students may rotate through departmental service sections. Department professional staff members participate as adjunct faculty in Baylor College of Medicine, Center for Compatative Medicine's research training program for veterinarians desiring certification in laboratory animal medicine or comparative pathology.

Training and Certification of Staff Surgeons

The veterinary and veterinary technical staff of the Section of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery are directly involved in the training and certification of staff surgeons in the use of surgical lasers. A training program in microvascular and microsurgical techniques is now being developed.

Veterinary Student Extern Program

Departmental professional staff members participate in the Career Alternative Elective Plan of the College of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A & M University. Select senior veterinary students may spend up to 16 weeks in the department rotating through our service sections, gaining experience related to a career in laboratory animal medicine or comparative pathology. Senior veterinary students from other veterinary colleges, domestic and foreign, may also qualify for our extern program.

Veterinary Technician Training Program

Departmental professional and technical staff members participate in preceptorship training of students enrolled in the Veterinary Technology program of Tomball College. This degree program is approved by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) . Following successful completion of the Veterinary Technology program, students are eligible for certification as Registered Veterinary Technicians (RVT).

College Student Summer Program

Departmental professional and technical staff members participate in an 11-week career orientation program for undergraduate students and first year and second year veterinary students interested in careers in laboratory animal medicine or science. Selected students rotate through our colony management and clinc and surgery services, performing routine animal care procedures. In addition, students study an autotutorial audiovisual program covering the biology, husbandry and pertinent clinical and research information of the most common laboratory animal species.


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