Institution TypePublic University
Is there a medical school?Yes (OUHSC)
Is this a land-grant institution?Yes (OSU CVHS)
Vivarium Director

 OUHSC: Ron Banks, DVM, DACLAM

 OSU CVHS: Todd Jackson, DVM DACLAM
Program DirectorMadeline Budda, DVM, DACLAM
Who to ContactMadeline Budda, DVM, DACLAM
Address975 NE 10th Street, BRC 1101, Oklahoma City OK 73104
Phone405-271-7381
Fax
EmailMadeline-Budda@ouhsc.edu

Vivarium Information

Vivarium NameOUHSC & OSU CVHS
Is the facility AAALAC accredited?Yes
Describe management structure

OUHSC: Centralized

 OSU CVHS: Both centralized and decentralized
Describe the extent to which your facilities are centralizedAnimals are housed in 9+ separate locations
Vivarium Square FeetBoth OUHSC and OSU CVHS animal programs include more than 80,000 sq. ft. of vivaria.
Summarize the nature of the animal population and the predominant types of clinical activities

OUHSC: Faculty investigators conduct a broad range of biomedical research and teaching using baboons, swine, dogs, rabbits, rodents, amphibians, and fish. Animal models contribute to innovative studies in ophthalmology, immunology, cancer, diabetes, neuroscience, and infectious diseases.

OSU CVHS: Animal Resources supports a diverse population of animal species used for biomedical, agricultural, and wildlife research and teaching. Species include rodents, rabbits, cats, dogs, swine, horses, and ruminants.
Number of Veterinarians in program9
Number of ACLAM Diplomates in program7
Number of Boarded Pathologists2
Number of Other Boarded Veterinary Specialists2
Number of necropsies/week in the veterinary unit5
Number of surgical cases/week in the veterinary unit5

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 residentsUp to 3
How many residents/trainees have completed this program?N/A - At the time of writing, the first resident started this program 6 months ago.
Of these, how many have subsequently become ACLAM Diplomates?N/A
In what year did the program accept its first trainee?2019
How many years are required to complete this program (residency only)?Three years is the typical duration of this residency program. However, trainees may complete the program after a minimum of two years (24 months) if they receive permission from the Program Director.
Is formal coursework offered?Yes
Is a degree program associated with this residency?Yes
If yes, what degree(s)?MS in Clinical & Translational Sciences
Which departments most commonly grant degree(s)?OUHSC Graduate College
Give an overview of this program, describing its particular strengths and any unique aspects that are not addressed in any of the other sections

The Oklahoma Comparative Medicine Training Program is a collaborative opportunity from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) in Oklahoma City, and Oklahoma State University (OSU) in Stillwater that prepares qualified veterinarians for a dynamic career in laboratory animal medicine. The curriculum blends clinical and research experiences to expose residents to many of the challenges and responsibilities commonly encountered by veterinarians in this field.

Activities in which residents are expected to participate include routine health rounds; comparative pathology rounds; journal clubs and seminars; clinical care and on-call services; regulatory duties such as meeting with Animal Care and Use Committees and performing post-approval monitoring visits; training animal users; and research in biomedical, agriculture, and/or field (wildlife) settings. Faculty mentors from departments of Comparative Medicine, Veterinary Pathobiology, Cell Biology, and elsewhere support residents in all stages of the program.

Upon entering the program, residents are encouraged to enroll in the Masters in Clinical and Translational Sciences (MS in CTS) – a thesis-based degree program offered to professional post-doctoral fellows through the OUHSC Graduate College. All residents are expected to complete an original research project regardless of their participation in the CTS program.

Additional opportunities include externships at the University of Oklahoma campus in Norman, and the Oklahoma City Zoo & Botanical Garden.

Describe any unique research interests of your faculty

OUHSC: Animal models contribute to innovative studies in ophthalmology, immunology, cancer, diabetes, neuroscience, and infectious diseases.

OSU CVHS: Animal Resources supports a diverse population of animal species used for biomedical, agricultural, and wildlife research and teaching.

Give a few literature citations of publications completed by trainees during their tenure in this programN/A - At the time of writing, the first resident started this program 6 months ago.
Where will vacancies be advertised?

VIRMP

Jobs.ou.edu
What month does the program begin?July

Living and Working

Starting Annual SalaryUp to $53,634 annually
To what extent is travel to meetings, etc. paid for?Registration and travel costs will be covered by the Program for residents to attend one continuing education (CE) meeting each year.
Is individual health insurance provided?

OUHSC offers a flexible benefits plan to residents. Eligible employees receive an allowance of benefit credits, also called Sooner Credits. These credits represent that amount of money the University pays to provide benefit-eligible employees with the following core insurance benefits:

.Medical Insurance (employee and eligible dependents)

.Basic Dental Plan

.Life Insurance (1.5x annual base pay)

.AD&D Insurance ($20,000 policy)
Is family health insurance provided?

In addition to the University provided core insurance benefits, employees and their dependents have the option to participate in other benefits available and the employee's cost. More information is available online:

https://benefitsenrollment.ouhsc.edu/Benefit-Programs
Describe any fees or tuitionEligible residents who enroll in the MS in CTS program are considered for tuition waivers
Describe the residents' responsibilities for night, weekend, and holiday coverage

OUHSC’s Comparative Medicine on-call services consist of noon Wednesday to noon Wednesday and the enclosed week-ends and/or holidays in the period. Residents observe an on-call schedule (per calendar year) of:

  • 20 weeks in Year 1
  • 12 weeks in Year 2
  • 5 weeks in Year 3
How many annual vacation days are given?30 vacation/sick days annually
How many annual sick days are given?30 vacation/sick days annually
Briefly describe the communityNamed one of the 50 Best Places to Travel in 2020 by Travel + Leisure, Oklahoma City offers all of the culture, cuisine, attractions and amenities you’d expect in a modern metropolis. And with its rugged Western past, working stockyards and title as “Horse Show Capital of the World,” OKC is rich in cowboy culture, as well. Oklahoma City has plenty of hustle without all the hassle. The OUHSC campus is located just northeast of downtown OKC. The OSU CVHS campus is located about 60 miles away in Stillwater, OK.
Institutional, facility, or training program web site 

OUHSC: https://www.ouhsc.edu/

OSU CVHS: https://vetmed.okstate.edu/