Comparative Medicine Program

The Comparative Medicine Program (CMP) is the centrally administered support service for animal research and teaching programs at Texas A&M University, College Station. The program's facilities and services are available for all Texas A&M campus affiliated faculty, staff, and students who have been approved to conduct animal research by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). CMP is accredited by the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC) through its affiliation with other AAALAC-accredited Texas A&M programs.

CMP facilities offer housing and care for most standard laboratory animals. Specialized housing can be provided for biohazard projects and hazardous chemical projects. Varying degrees of animal isolation are available. Housing for large animal species is limited; however, various other campus animal care facilities can provide housing for large animals. CMP also offers a variety of services to institutional personnel.

Hours of Operation

CMP administrative offices are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and are closed on weekends and scheduled University holidays. Animal care is provided seven days a week/365 days a year (366 days if a leap year), and a duty supervisor and veterinarian are on call 24 hours a day.

CMP recently held a programmatic overview to give researchers vital information on current activities and provide updates on the future direction of the program. Per diem rates were discussed and an open forum was held on the needs and issues facing researchers. The PDF presentation is available for download, as well as PDF one-page summaries of the Attending Veterinarian role and the Comparative Medicine Program overview.

For additional information or questions, please contact Dr. James Elliott, Comparative Medicine Program, Division of Research, Texas A&M University.