* Tuition paid by the department (up to $6,000/year)
* During the 3-year residency, conference registration, travel, and related expenses paid in full for at least one (1) major scientific conference (e.g., AALAS, APV). Attendance at more than 1 major scientific conference is contingent upon presentation of significant scientific findings (e.g., poster or platform presentation) and if programmatic funds permit.
* Reasonable on-site housing expenses paid for one (1) external nonhuman primate (NHP) rotations (e.g., MD Anderson Cancer Center)
* Registration to at least one (1) continuing educational opportunities that may include: Pathology of Laboratory Animals (POLA); CAMP ACLAM, Nationally available Mock Board exam (depending upon yearly availability and programmatic funding)
Benefits: Residents are eligible for the following benefits at FACULTY/STAFF rates:
* Medical insurance (currently, BlueCross/BlueShield)
* Paid sick leave (8 hours/month)
* Paid vacation (8 hours /month for Yr 1 & 2; then 9 hours/month for Yr 3)
* Life insurance (optional additional coverage available)
* Vision plan (optional)
* Dental plan (optional)
In addition, as this is a degree-granting program, residency students are eligible for:
* Federal student loan deferral
* Eligible for Public Service Loan Forgiveness [PSLF]
A non-compete agreement is NOT required for this position.
DVM or equivalent
Internal Number: TAMU-CMP-SPR23avma
The Texas A&M Comparative Medicine Residency is a thesis Master's Degree granting program with the option to pursue a PhD. The program is divided into 3 aspects to give residents a foundational knowledge of laboratory animal medicine, clinical and research experience.
Foundational Knowledge: Classwork is designed to prepare residents to sit the ACLAM Board Examination. Example classes include:
* Fundamentals of Laboratory Animal Medicine - This class uses the main texts (e.g., Laboratory Animal Medicine, 3rd Ed; Pathology of Rodents and Rabbits) to cover the major and minor species and topics covered on the ACLAM Exam * Contemporary Topics in Laboratory Animal Medicine - Journal Club class which covers the current literature pertaining to Laboratory Animal Medicine * Diseases of Laboratory Animals - This class focuses on gross and histopathology of common laboratory animal species, with special emphasis on primary species (as outlined by the ACLAM Role Delineation Document) * Regulatory Oversight of Animals in Research - This class covers all the laws, regulations, and policies governing the use of animals in today's research settings.
Clinical Experience: Many species of animals are housed at TAMU facilities. Typical species include cattle, horses, sheep, swine, cats, ferrets, deer, rabbits, mice, rats, guinea pigs, chickens, frogs, bats, and zebrafish. Residency rotations are divided among three primary areas: 1) Veterinary Medical Park (VMP) and Animal Science Teaching, Research, and Education Center (ASTREC) (horses, cattle, small ruminants and swine); 2) Laboratory Animal Resources and Research (LARR) Facility (dogs, cats, bats, frogs, rodents, rabbits); 3)Texas Institute of Preclinical Studies (TIPS) (swine and small ruminants); Texas A&M Institute of Genomic Medicine(TIGM) (mice); and multiple satellite vivaria served by the Comparative Medicine Residency Training Program (CMP) with a variety of species. Additional clinical duties are distributed to familiarize residents with additional species (see lists below).
Global Health Research Complex (GHRC): In addition to ABSL-2 and ABSL-3 animal research space, Texas A&M is now home to the Global Health Research Complex, a new state-of-the-art BSL-3Ag facility capable of holding species as large as bison.
Training opportunities include:
a) Pathology Laboratory: Trainees participate in necropsy, tissue trimming, pathologic evaluation of slides, microbiology, serology, clinical chemistries, hematology, parasitology and additional diagnostic techniques
b) MD Anderson, Bastrop: During the one-month rotation, trainees participate in the clinical management of primate colonies and are involved in primate medicine. Opportunities also exist for research and pathology training involving a variety of primate models.
c) Additional (optional) NHP rotations: We can send residents to one of several additional, external NHP rotations (2-4 weeks) - pending programmatic funding and availability at contributing institution. Each location has at least one ACLAM-boarded veterinarian overseeing the resident.
d) Transgenics: Trainees are exposed to all aspects of transgenic work including colony management, in vitro fertilization, cryopreservation, rederivation, and embryo collection.
e) Industry rotation (one month): trainees participate in the clinical management of an animal colony and are involved in primate medicine in an industry setting.
Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC): Residents will receive IACUC training and have an opportunity to serve on the IACUC as a voting member. Duties include reviewing protocols; writing/reviewing guidance documents and standard operating procedures; performing IACUC facility inspections and semi-annual reviews; and all other IACUC member duties.
Research Experience: The research portion of the MS Degree is geared toward the execution of a research project(s) that will lead to a first-author publication for the resident (required to sit the Board Exam). Residency faculty will help the resident in the selection of a research mentor and project. Researchers across the Texas A&M campus are eligible to serve as the resident's research mentor. Signature animal research areas at Texas A&M include, but are not limited to:
TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY (College Station campus) AVERAGE CENSUS SUMMARY BY SPECIES (not including agricultural program): Mice - 25,500 Rats - 3,200 Guinea Pigs - 190 Rabbits - 45 Dogs - 125 Pigs - 250 Cats - 10 Ferrets - 10 Horses - 80 Cattle - 180 Goats - 260 Sheep – 525 Amphibians - 180 Aquatics* - 15,000 Bats - 30 Chickens - 1800 Deer - 20 Exotic Birds - 140 Llamas - 1 Reptiles - 5 Songbirds - 15 * Aquatic species includes zebrafish, redfish, catfish, pipefish, seahorses, frogs, killfish, mosquito fish, wild collected swordtails, cichlids, and hobbyist aquarium species
MD-ANDERSON (Bastrop, TX) NONHUMAN PRIMATE AVERAGE CENSUS: ~1000 rhesus macaques ~450 squirrel monkeys ~400 owl monkeys ~250 baboons ~75 chimpanzees (retiring-in-place per NIH rules) plus a small numbers of other macaque species (cynomolgus/pig-tailed) and marmosets
DVM or equivalent degree required. (Applicants currently in their clinical year should be in good academic standing). Applicants must have/maintain a state veterinary license in at least one state in the US.
A resume/CV, references, and an official transcript from your veterinary school are required.
Start date for this position is on/after July 1, 2023 (negotiable).
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