Educational Programs

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. Suzanne Craig. Please visit ASLAP for more details on the Gulf Coast Consortium program.

Summer Fellowships in Laboratory Animal Medicine

Are you interested in clinical veterinary medicine AND research? Do you want to work with a variety of non-traditional species? Are you curious about cutting edge science that defines the human and animal biomedical fields? If you are, then LABORATORY ANIMAL MEDICINE is the career for you, we can help you explore, AND pay you to do so! The American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners (ASLAP) along with several funding partners is supporting 10-16 week Summer Fellowships in Laboratory Animal Medicine.

Activities in these programs will include practice of clinical medicine in a research environment, diagnostic and research pathology of laboratory animals, surgery, animal colony management, working closely with laboratory animal veterinarians and residents, participation in journal clubs, seminars and management teams, regulatory oversight of animals used in research, laboratory animal medicine research and a number of other exciting endeavors.

 The fellowship program consists of rotations through all aspects of the department; with the participant having duty assignments in the rodent husbandry areas and rotations through clinic and surgery, clinical pathology, and histopathology. Two additional areas that are closely related to our department are the Small Animal Imaging Facility and Diagnostic Radiology; the student will observe and may participate in various imaging protocols, to introduce equipment available for imaging animals and their use in research. We expect that the clinical training will take approximately 65% of the student’s time in our program, with exposure to various administrative and managerial aspects of laboratory animal medicine.

An additional 30% of the student’s time will be spent on a short-term research project. Examples of previous research projects have been implantation of adipose-based scaffolding in rats to determine whether it would be suitable as a biological mold for plastic surgery repair in our cancer patients and studying various enrichment devices to reduce aggression in our nude-mouse colony. The remaining 5% of the student’s time will be spent attending seminars, lectures, protocol review, and tours of the research laboratories in the Texas area.

Each successful applicant will be given a stipend. Housing is not provided. To Apply: Applicants must be currently enrolled in veterinary school recognized by the AVMA with an interest in laboratory animal medicine. Interested candidates should send a letter of interest, proof of current enrollment in veterinary school and a letter of support to Alicia Henry. The deadline for application for UT MD Anderson Cancer Center's Fellowship, sponsored by GlaxoSmithKlein, is February 14, 2011. Contact Dr. Suzanne Craig for more information.


More Information

Please visit MD Anderson's Education and Training site for more information.