Comparative Medicine - Message from the Chair
Graduate study in laboratory animal medicine consists of basic training in methodology and the development of scholarship and research capabilities within the specialty. The general plan is one that provides a broad, basic foundation upon which the individual can build a career in teaching and research and/or in the professional direction of research animal facilities.
The research orientation requires a basic knowledge of comparative medicine, which is taught in a core curriculum of lectures. These are designed to review and update fundamental concepts, provide new information, and guide assimilation of such material. Frequent student-faculty discussion supplements formal courses and enables students and faculty to evaluate course content and efficiency of presentation. Laboratory exercises are used as a method of emphasizing a concept or for the development of necessary technical skills. In addition, conferences, seminars, and discussions supplement all aspects of the program. The program normally requires a minimum of two years for completion and meets the educational requirements stipulated by the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine.
The Department of Comparative Medicine
The Department of Comparative Medicine is a basic science, academic department of the College of Medicine and is staffed by veterinarians specialized in laboratory animal medicine and veterinary pathology. We provide comprehensive health care for the 10 - 15 different species of laboratory animal patients that are used by over 100 scientists/clientele within the College of Medicine and the medical center. The service program includes the animal care and husbandry; clinical veterinary medicine, clinical, gross, and microscopic veterinary pathology, surveillance of spontaneous animal diseases, post-operative and intensive care, technical assistance and consultation with investigators and students. We serve to protect the animals, the investigators, and the institution with regards to all laws and regulations that pertain to the use of research animals. We strive to increase the body of scientific knowledge concerning the range of variation of normal and abnormal structure, function, and behavior in the species of animals used primarily for teaching and research purposes. We work in a multidisciplinary fashion with all other departments in the College of Medicine.
The Master of Science degree with a major in Laboratory Animal Medicine is research-oriented and requires a minimum of 30 credit hours in the major subject, including thesis research. Although the program follows the general pattern laid down by the graduate school, the requirements are sufficiently flexible to permit students to adapt them to their particular interests and needs.
Ronald P. Wilson, VMD, MS
Professor and Chair of Comparative Medicine