Institution TypePublic University
Is there a medical school?Yes
Is this a land-grant institution?Yes
Vivarium DirectorDr. James J. Elliott  
Program DirectorDr. Tracy H. Vemulapalli
Who to ContactDr. Tracy H. Vemulapalli
AddressComparative Medicine Program, Veterinary Pathobiology (VTPB), 4467 TAMU, College Station, TX  77843-4473
Phone(979) 458-1774
Fax(979) 847-8981

Vivarium Information

Vivarium NameCMP -Laboratory Animal Resources and Research Facility
Is the facility AAALAC accredited?Yes
Describe management structureMore than 5 administratively distict vivaria
Describe the extent to which your facilities are centralizedAnimals housed in 5+ separate locations
Vivarium Square Feet489277
Summarize the nature of the animal population and the predominant types of clinical activities

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, monodelphis, ostrich, emu, and fish. Residency rotations (12 months duration) 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 as follows. The resident will attend and participate in weekly seminars throughout the three-year training program; the first is organized through and held in the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Department of Veterinary Pathobiology (VTPB), the second is organized through the CMP. The VTPB seminar consists of presentations by individuals from within and outside the department and TAMU. Residents are required to present their research at one of these seminars prior to receiving their graduate degrees. The CMP seminar consists of material pertaining to all aspects of laboratory animal medicine and is presented throughout the year by the residents, non-DVM CMP Masters students, and CMP and visiting veterinarians. 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) Transgenics: Trainees are exposed to all aspects of transgenic work including colony management, in vitro fertilization, cryopreservation, rederivation, and embryo collection. d) Industry rotation (one month): trainees participate in the clinical management of an animal colony and are involved in primate medicine in an industry setting. e) GLP rotation (varying lengths): trainees participate in the clinical management of a GLP facility and actively participate in study design and protocol development. TAMU CENSUS for FY 2015 SUMMARY BY SPECIES (not including agricultural program): Amphibians 178, Horses 59, Aquatics* 15088, Llamas 1, Bats 28, Rabbits 177, Cats 13, Sheep 3, Cattle 225, Rats 3216, Chickens 1848, Mice 25420, Deer 2, Pigs 162, Dogs 219, Monodelphis 369, Exotic Birds 135, Reptiles 5, Servals 2, Ferrets 30, Goats 471, Songbirds 12, Guinea Pigs 468, Hamsters 59

* Aquatic species includes zebrafish, redfish, catfish, pipefish, seahorses, frogs, killfish, mosquito fish, wild collected swordtails, cichlids, and hobbyist aquarium species

Number of Veterinarians in program18
Number of ACLAM Diplomates in program8
Number of Boarded Pathologists9
Number of Other Boarded Veterinary Specialists15
Number of necropsies/week in the veterinary unit15
Number of surgical cases/week in the veterinary unit2

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?15
Of these, how many have subsequently become ACLAM Diplomates?5
In what year did the program accept its first trainee?2001
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?Yes
If yes, what degree(s)?Masters of Science, PhD
Which departments most commonly grant degree(s)?Department of Veterinary Pathobiology
Give an overview of this program, describing its particular strengths and any unique aspects that are not addressed in any of the other sectionsThe Texas A&M University, Comparative Medicine Program, in conjunction with the Department of Veterinary Pathobiology, in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, offers post-DVM graduate training position in comparative animal medicine. The core program includes residency training in laboratory animal medicine and graduate research, and is designed to culminate in both American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine board certification eligibility (ACLAM), and an MS or PhD degree in the department of the trainee’s choice.

This program was initiated in 2001 and typically recruits 1 new resident per year in the fall to start in July. Though newly organized, the caseload and didactic framework are well-developed and offer a unique opportunity to obtain well-rounded instruction in clinical, didactic, and research training. The training program in comparative medicine provides exposure to many different species and areas of research including agricultural animals.
Describe any unique research interests of your facultyTexas A&M provides a broad range of opportunities in research for veterinarians. There is emphasis on infectious disease work, genetic engineering, biocontainment, vaccine development, ontogeny, reproductive health, oncology, nanotechnology, animal behavior, neuroscience, cardiovascular physiology and disease, bioinformatics, imaging, wildlife management, food and fiber research, gastroenterology, etc...
Give a few literature citations of publications completed by trainees during their tenure in this programGenomic comparison of Lewis and Wistar-Furth rat substrains by use of microsatellite markers. Callicott Ralph J; Ballard Scott T; Womack James E. JAALAS 2007; 46(2):25-9.

A comparison of cecal colonization of Salmonella enterica serotype Typhimurium in white leghorn chicks and Salmonella-resistant mice. Christine P Sivula, Lydia M Bogomolnaya, and Helene L Andrews-Polymenis. BMC Microbiol. 2008; 8: 182.

Characterization of a lipopolysaccharide mediated neutrophilic hepatitis model in Sprague Dawley rats. Rose R, Banerjee A, Ramaiah SK. J Appl Toxicol. 2007 Nov-Dec; 27(6):602-11.

Adverse effects of incorporating ketoprofen into established rodent studies. Lamon TK, Browder EJ, Sohrabji F, Ihrig M. JAALAS 2008; 47(4):20-4.

Limited role for iron regulation in Coxiella burnetii pathogenesis. Briggs HL, Pul N, Seshadri R, Wilson MJ, Tersteeg C, Russell-Lodrigue KE, Andoh M, Bäumler AJ, Samuel JE. Infect Immun. 2008 May; 76(5):2189-201.

Mechanisms of vaccine-induced protective immunity against Coxiella burnetii infection in BALB/c mice. Zhang G, Russell-Lodrigue KE, Andoh M, Zhang Y, Hendrix LR, Samuel JE. J Immunol. 2007 Dec 15; 79(12):8372-80.

T cells are essential for bacterial clearance, and gamma interferon, tumor necrosis factor alpha, and B cells are crucial for disease development in Coxiella burnetii infection in mice. Andoh M, Zhang G, Russell-Lodrigue KE, Shive HR, Weeks BR, Samuel JE. Infect Immun. 2007 Jul; 75(7):3245-55. Epub 2007 Apr 16.

Comparative virulence of phase I and II Coxiella burnetii in immunodeficient mice. Andoh M, Russell-Lodrigue KE, Zhang G, Samuel JE. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2005 Dec;1063:167-70
Where will vacancies be advertised?ACLAM, ASLAP, VIRMP
What month does the program begin?July

Living and Working

Starting Annual Salary$36,050
To what extent is travel to meetings, etc. paid for?Travel and expenses are paid for one national meeting 2nd year. Local and regional meetings also available
Is individual health insurance provided?Yes
Is family health insurance provided?Yes
Describe any fees or tuitionResidents are faculty appointments with all faculty benefits

Benefits paid for by the University include:
* tuition and building use fees (approximately $6000/year)
* health insurance & prescription drug plan (indiv & family)
* paid vacation & sick leave
* eligibility to use Flexible Spending Accounts (e.g., for health, day care expenses)
* faculty retirement benefits (with 6.5% employer matching contributions, as of FY 2017)
Describe the residents' responsibilities for night, weekend, and holiday coverageResidents share weekend and holiday duty with the clinical veterinary faculty. Evening emergencies are rare: 2 or fewer per year.
How many annual vacation days are given?14
How many annual sick days are given?12
Briefly describe the communityThe Bryan/College Station area, population 145,000, offers a diverse college town atmosphere, a broad range of cultural and recreational opportunities, a relatively low cost of living, excellent schools, mild winter temperatures, and convenient access to the cities of Houston, Austin, San Antonio, and Dallas/Fort Worth.
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