Institution TypePrivate University
Is there a medical school?Yes
Is this a land-grant institution?Yes
Vivarium DirectorDr. Rebecca Blackwood
Program DirectorDr. Julia Goldman
Who to ContactDr. Julia Goldman
AddressOne Baylor Plaza  MS:BCM145
Phone(713) 798-4054

Vivarium Information

Vivarium NameCenter for Comparative Medicine
Is the facility AAALAC accredited?Yes
Describe management structureCentralized animal care unit with oversight over 5 other Texas Medical Center facilities
Describe the extent to which your facilities are centralizedAnimals housed in 8 different vivaria with multiple satellites
Vivarium Square Feet200,337 sq ft
Summarize the nature of the animal population and the predominant types of clinical activities

Majority of animals are mice with over 50,000 cages across the facilities. There are also a variety of other species including rats, cotton rats, pigeons, swine, sheep, primates, zebrafish and rabbits.

Number of Veterinarians in program9 (includes 3 residents)
Number of ACLAM Diplomates in program5
Number of Boarded Pathologists1
Number of Other Boarded Veterinary SpecialistsN/A
Number of necropsies/week in the veterinary unitAverage 12-15
Number of surgical cases/week in the veterinary unitVaries; average 3-5

Training Program Details

Is this program recognized by ACLAM?Yes
Does this program participate in the Veterinary Internship & Residency Matching Program (VIRMP)?Yes
Number of concurrent residents3
How many residents/trainees have completed this program?0
Of these, how many have subsequently become ACLAM Diplomates?N/A
In what year did the program accept its first trainee?2020
How many years are required to complete this program (residency only)?3
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)?N/A
Give an overview of this program, describing its particular strengths and any unique aspects that are not addressed in any of the other sections

Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) is a standalone medical school located in the Texas Medical Center in Houston, TX, which is the world's largest medical center. Eight animal care and use facilities fall under the BCM umbrella, including the Michael DeBakey VA, Texas Children's Hospital, and a USDA children's nutrition research facility. BCM has approximately 360 principal investigators and more than 600 approved animal use protocols.

The BCM Postdoctoral Training Program in Laboratory Animal Medicine and Science is a three year training program designed to produce functional laboratory animal veterinarians who are board eligible with the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM). First year residents will rotate through all sections of the animal care and use program and develop familiarity with laws, regulations, and IACUC function and practice as well as with all species used and housed at the College. Residents will be exposed to all aspects of the management of animal care and use programs in these rotations. During the first year residents will choose a laboratory with which the research project will be performed in the second year. After becoming familiar with the animal care and use program, residents will take emergency on call duty in rotation with other staff veterinarians, under supervision of a staff veterinarian. Two off site rotations, at the Charles Rivers Laboratories NHP import and quarantine facility and the MD Anderson Michael Keeling Center at Bastrop, TX, will provide additional intensive, hands-on experience with nonhuman primates.

The second year of training is dedicated to performing research, with the goal of primary authorship on a hypothesis-driven, peer reviewed, scientific publication as part of the requirements for ACLAM boards eligibility. During the second year the resident will continue to participate in IACUC activities and take after hours call.

During the third year residents will take direct, oversight responsibility for facility and satellite housing areas as assigned and as per their interest areas, under the supervision of a staff clinical veterinarian. Third year residents will continue to participate in all aspects of IACUC activities and will work on completing the manuscript to generate a first author paper as above.

Describe any unique research interests of your faculty

The research at BCM is diverse and includes but is not limited to research involving neoplasia, the microbiome, infectious diseases, genetics, neuroscience, cardiovascular physiology, nutrition, and reproductive sciences.

Give a few literature citations of publications completed by trainees during their tenure in this program

Interspecies Cohabitation of Agricultural Laboratory Animal Species as a Means for Social Housing. Poster for National AALAS meeting 2020

Where will vacancies be advertised?VIRMP website
What month does the program begin?July

Living and Working

Starting Annual SalaryFollows NIH postdoctoral salary scale
To what extent is travel to meetings, etc. paid for?Minimum of one local meeting and one national meeting covered during program
Is individual health insurance provided?Yes
Is family health insurance provided?Yes
Describe any fees or tuitionN/A
Describe the residents' responsibilities for night, weekend, and holiday coverageAfter orientation to the facilities during the first few months, the resident will start participating in the on call rotation along with the other clinical veterinarians
How many annual vacation days are given?5 vacation days, 7 holidays, 4 floating holidays; increases after year 1
How many annual sick days are given?12
Briefly describe the communityHouston is located in southeast Texas near Galveston Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, and it is the 4th largest city in the United States. It is a very diverse city with a wide variety of food, music, arts, and technology with NASA space center nearby. The Texas Medical Center (TMC) is the largest medical complex in the world, and it nurtures cross-institutional collaboration and innovation. Together the institutions of the TMC are second in the nation for funding from the NIH.
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Revised 11/28/2022