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Gulf Coast Consortium Postdoctoral Veterinary Training Program

Institution Type Other
Is there a medical school? Yes
Is this a land-grant institution? No
Vivarium Director P. Tinkey; B. Goodwin;C. Buckmaster
Program Director Suzanne Craig, DVM, DACLAM
Who to Contact S. Craig; B. Schwiebert; B. Goodwin;
Address line 1 Department of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery
Address line 2 University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
Address line 3 1515 Holcombe Blvd. [Unit 172]
City Houston
State TX
Zip 77030
Phone 713-792-1983
Fax 713-745-2688
Email scraig@mdanderson.org
Vivarium Information
Vivarium Name DVMS; CCM; CLAMC;
Is the facility AAALAC accredited? Yes
Describe management structure 2-5 Administratively distinct vivaria
Describe the extent to which your facilities are centralized Animals housed in 5+ separate locations
Vivarium Square Feet 555500
Summarize the nature of the animal population and the predominant types of clinical activities Gulf Coast Consortium Postdoctoral Veterinary Training Program in Laboratory Animal Medicine and Science This the consortium of three major universities in The Texas Medical Center in Houston. The programs are: University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) MD Anderson Cancer Center (DVMS) Average daily population of 60,000 animals. 98% are mice and rat; types include nude, scid, transgenic, and conventional. Rodent facilities include SPF, Gnotobiotic, hazardous agents, conventional, and quarantine. Dogs, pigs, rabbits, nonhuman primates, guinea pigs, frogs, sea urchins, and fruit flies are also maintained. All are used in cancer research [how to treat, how to diagnose, how to prevent, and cancer causation]. Rotations provided through remote institutional chimpanzee facility, rhesus production colony, neotropical nhps, and farm animal use facility. Rodent and large imaging facilities are available. Baylor College of Medicine (CCM) Average daily population of > 300,000 animals. 98% are mice and rat; types include nude, scid, transgenic, and conventional. Rodent facilities include SPF, hazardous agents, conventional, and quarantine. Dogs, pigs, cats, gerbils, cotton rats, fish, rabbits, nonhuman primates, guinea pigs, hamsters and frogs. Besides the animal program, the faculty and staff of CCM have their own research program. Areas of research at CCM include mouse genetics, animal models for studying human disease, laboratory animal pathology, environment and its effects on animal health, and methods to improve animal welfare. There is a strong patholgy program available. University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (CLAMC) Average daily population of > 3,000 animals. 98% are mice and rat; types include nude, scid, transgenic, and conventional. Rodent facilities include SPF, hazardous agents, conventional, and quarantine. Dogs, pigs, pigeons, ferrets, rabbits, nonhuman primates, guinea pigs, and hamsters. This program has an unique canine breeding and holding facility. Most of the investigators are participating in major institutional research programs in gastrointestinal physiology, multiple organ failure, stem cell transplant, gene therapy, learning and social behavior, immunology, organ transplantation, neurobiology, cardiovascular disease, pharmacology and drug development, spinal neurological injury and therapy, and oral diseases and treatments. There are also programs in cardiovascular physiology, immunology, and pharmacology. There are currently thirty-three satellites for animal holding and surgeries. This group is known for their surgery program. Overall: Training is available in rodent and nonrodent colony management and husbandry, clinical care, surgery, diagnostic/experimental imaging, GLP studies,nhp import and export procedures, radiotherapy,laboratory medicine and pathology. Training in IACUC pre-review, review, inspection, monitoring, and investigator support procedures.
Number of Veterinarians in program 20
Number of ACLAM Diplomates in program 9
Number of Boarded Pathologists 4
Number of Other Boarded Veterinary Specialists 0
Number of necropsies/week in the veterinary unit 20
Number of surgical cases/week in the veterinary unit 10
Training Program Details
Is this program recognized by ACLAM? Yes
Does this program participate in the Uniform Application Process? Yes
Number of concurrent residents 3
How many residents/trainees have completed this program? 6
Of these, how many have subsequently become ACLAM Diplomates? 0
In what year did the program accept its first trainee? 2008
How many years are required to complete this program (residency only)? 2
Is formal coursework offered? Yes
Is a degree program associated with this residency? No
If yes, what degree(s)?
Which departments most commonly grant degree(s)?
Give an overview of this program, describing its particular strengths and any unique aspects that are not addressed in any of the other sections Please note: Although the training program existed before it was not as a consortium. 2007 is the first year that we are 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 7 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 Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences 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. 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. 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, M.D. Anderson facilities at Bastrop and an import/export nhp facility are also part of this program. There are three ways to apply. For MD Anderson: 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 at scraig@mdanderson.org. For BCM: Applicants must have a DVM or equivalent degree from a college accredited by the AVMA and be licensed in at least one state in the US or Canada. Preference will be given to applicants that can meet the admission requirements to the graduate school at BCM. Applicants must have a strong interest in comparative medicine and U.S. citizenship or permanent residency. Interested candidates should send a cover letter outlining career goals, CV and three letters of support to Dr. Rebecca Schwiebert at schwiebe@bcm.edu For UTHealth: Applicants must have a DVM or equivalent degree, strong interest in research or comparative medicine and U.S. citizenship or permanent residency. Interested candidates should send a cover letter, CV and three letters of support to Dr. Bradford Goodwin at bradford.s.goodwin@uth.tmc.edu. Applicants must have a strong interest in comparative medicine and U.S. citizenship or permanent residency. Interested candidates should utilize the UAP for application.
Describe any unique research interests of your faculty Cancer-related research is the exclusive focus of the MDACC portion of program. BCM focuses more on mouse genetics, animal models for studying human disease, laboratory animal pathology, environment and its effects on animal health, and methods to improve animal welfare. UTHealth focuses on gastrointestinal physiology, multiple organ failure, stem cell transplant, gene therapy, learning and social behavior, immunology, organ transplantation, neurobiology, cardiovascular disease, pharmacology and drug development, spinal neurological injury and therapy, and oral diseases and treatments with experimental surgery as a particular strength. Basic research scientists and clinicians/surgeons use animal models for discovery, tranlational, and research-driven patient care support studies. Interactions with other Texas Medical Center institutions [medical and dental schools, heart institute, biotech companies, etc] provide diversity of animal use experience. Additionally some unique imaging equipment is available for rodents and other mammals. Imaging units available for mice and rats include PET, MRI, CT, faxitron, IVIS and ultrasound.
Give a few literature citations of publications completed by trainees during their tenure in this program Tran QT. Nawaz MS. Deck J. Foley S. Nguyen K. Cerniglia CE. Detection of type III secretion system virulence and mutations in gyrA and parC genes among quinolone-resistant strains of Pseudomonas aeruginosa isolated from imported shrimp. Foodborne Pathogens & Disease. 8(3):451-3, 2011 Mar. Lockworth CR. Craig SL. Liu J. Tinkey PT. Training veterinary care technicians and husbandry staff improves animal care. Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science: JAALAS. 50(1):84-93, 2011 Jan. Alt E. Pinkernell K. Scharlau M. Coleman M. Fotuhi P. Nabzdyk C. Matthias N. Gehmert S. Song YH. Effect of freshly isolated autologous tissue resident stromal cells on cardiac function and perfusion following acute myocardial infarction. International Journal of Cardiology. 144(1):26-35, 2010 Sep 24. Stanton JJ. Zong JC. Latimer E. Tan J. Herron A. Hayward GS. Ling PD.Detection of pathogenic elephant endotheliotropic herpesvirus in routine trunk washes from healthy adult Asian elephants (Elephas maximus) by use of a real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction assay. American Journal of Veterinary Research. 71(8):925-33, 2010 Aug. Tinkey P. Lembo T. Craig S. West C. Van Pelt C. Use of the i-STAT portable clinical analyzer in mice. [Comparative Study. Evaluation Studies. Journal Article. Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't] Lab Animal. 35(2):45-50, 2006 Feb.
Where will vacancies be advertised? TVMA,ACLAM newsletter, ASLAP newsletter
What month does the program begin? June/July
Living and Working
Starting Annual Salary 31000
To what extent is travel to meetings, etc. paid for? Texas Branch AALAS Meeting, ACLAM Forum, AVMA meeting or National AALAS meeting (1 regional and 1 national meeting/year)
Is individual health insurance provided? Yes
Is family health insurance provided? Yes
Describe any fees or tuition parking-not refunded; tuition is refunded
Describe the residents’ responsibilities for night, weekend, and holiday coverage Rotational weekend/holiday duty is required. May have some late evening duty.
How many annual vacation days are given? 15
How many annual sick days are given? 12
Briefly describe the community Located in the Texas Medical Center, Houston, Texas. This is the largest medical center in the United States. Houston is the fourth largest city in the USA. It is a culturally diverse city with a moderate cost of living.
Institutional, facility, or training program web site http://www.mdanderson.org

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