DVMS offers a wide variety of educational opportunities for individuals seeking a career or continuing education in laboratory animal science.
Gulf Coast Consortium Postdoctoral Veterinary Training Program
The original Comparative Medicine Postdoctoral Fellowship was formally established in 1993. It was a work experience-based preceptorship. The first such training began in the late 1960s, using institutional and/or grant funded positions to hire an entry level veterinarian and provide on-the-job training in laboratory animal medicine. During the 1970-80s, we affiliated with Texas A&M University's laboratory animal medicine residency program. We returned to an institutionally funded position in the 1990s. Since 1993, it has been an educational position subject to institutional guidelines for postdoctoral fellows.
In 2007 three universities in the Texas Medical Center combined to form this training consortium. Although the training program existed before it was not as a consortium. This is the first year (2007) that we are American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM) recognized and formed a consortium. Individuals have become ACLAM boarded as recently as July 2007 going through our abbreviated 1 year program through the experience route. A total of 14 individuals have become ACLAM boarded through our abbreviated program.
This program is now able to allow our trainees to obtain graduate level credits if they wish to pursue a MS or PhD degree through The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) and if all other ACLAM criteria are met, they will be board eligible after completing our 2-year program. If the trainee can obtain 1 year of funding, we do have a 3 year program available with the 2nd year devoted to research.
Daily medical rounds and provision of clinical services for rodent and nonrodent species are the primary focus of the first year of training. The second year of training is focused on research and completing a research focused manuscript. Interaction with veterinarians at other Texas Medical Center institutions, MD Anderson facilities at Bastrop and an import/export NHP facility are also part of this program.
Applicants must have a DVM or equivalent degree from an accredited college of veterinary medicine and be licensed in at least one state in the US or Canada and a strong interest in comparative medicine research with a focus in cancer medicine. Interested candidates should send a cover letter, CV and three letters of support to Dr. Lori Hill. Please visit ASLAP for more details on the Gulf Coast Consortium program.
Veterinary Technician Training Program
Departmental professional and technical staff members participate in preceptorship training of students enrolled in the Veterinary Technology programs of Tomball College, The Vet Tech Institute (VTI) and PIMA Medical Institute. These degree programs are approved by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Following successful completion of the Veterinary Technology program, students are eligible for certification as Licensed Veterinary Technicians (LVT).
Veterinary Student Extern Program
Select senior veterinary students may spend up to 2-4 weeks in the department rotating through our service sections, interacting with our veterinary professional faculty and gaining experience related to a career in laboratory animal medicine or comparative pathology.
Lori Hill, DVM, DACLAM
Director of Education