Comparative Medicine Program
The Comparative Medicine Program (CMP) enhances excellence in research and teaching at Texas A&M through high quality animal care at an affordable cost to the faculty, consistent with the standards established by the “Guide for the Care & Use of Laboratory Animals” and all pertinent local, state, and federal laws.
The Comparative Medicine Program (CMP) is the centrally administered support service for animal research and teaching programs at Texas A&M.
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. Additional information is available as one-page summaries of the Attending Veterinarian role and the Comparative Medicine Program overview.
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.
Investigators must complete an animal order form for ALL animal acquisitions. This includes any animals that will be housed at CMP, CMP maintained facilities, or other campus locations.
Investigators needing to transfer animals between AUPs or housing locations must complete and submit an animal transfer form for approval by CMP staff before the animals can be moved or used on the new AUP.
These cage cards are used to report various specific conditions/situations involving animals. The link opens an Acrobat document that describes and displays samples of the various types of cards.
Investigators who would like to receive animal tissue from the Tissue Share Program should complete and submit this form to CMP Health Division.
Investigators who would like to add donated animals to their AUP from another investigator’s AUP through the Animal Resource Sharing Program should complete and submit this form to CMP Health Division.
Anyone who would like to receive small, frozen rodents as a food source for other animals should complete and submit this form to CMP Health Division.
This form is used by principal investigators to request supplies and non-controlled drugs from the CMP’s Laboratory Animal Resources and Research Facility (LARR). Please allow 1-2 weeks for your request to be filled.
CMP has a small selection of scheduled drugs available for prescription use as long as the drug is listed on an approved AUP. Scheduled drugs are dispensed in maximum volumes of one week’s usage. Use this form to request scheduled drugs. Allow one week minimum for your order to be fulfilled. Special order or Class II drugs will require a longer time period. You will be billed for technician time as well as the supplies used.
CMP has technical staff to assist researchers with their projects on a fee-for-service basis. The scope of procedures is limited by staff availability and expertise. For more complicated or extensive procedures such as surgeries, contact Kelsey Johnson (email@example.com) if you have not already had project meetings with the CMP team to discuss your procedures in detail.
Training Available on Traintraq:
The following courses are intended to provide education about handling laboratory animals at specific biosafety levels. The videos were created by the American Biological Safety Association. There are a few Texas A&M procedures that differ from the video, and those techniques will be covered in hands-on training. Once a TrainTraq course is completed, a certificate is generated as training documentation.
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2111405 : Handling Laboratory Animals at Biosafety Level 1 – ABSL1 – Biosafety
2111386 : Handling Laboratory Animals at Biosafety Level 2 – ABSL2 – Biosafety
2111406 : Handling Laboratory Animals at Biosafety Level 3 – ABSL3 – Biosafety
Residency Training in Comparative Medicine
The Comparative Medicine Program, Texas A&M is inviting applications for a postdoctoral residency/graduate training position in laboratory animal medicine. The three-year postdoctoral (DVM) program is designed to support preparation toward American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM) board certification and provide a broad foundation in comparative medicine.