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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.

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.

 

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 Handbook

The CMP Administration

Animals and Their Environment

Animal Health and Veterinary Care

Billing and Per Diems

Emergency Contact Information After Hours/Weekends/Holidays

Euthanasia of Animals

Facility Access and Security

Investigator Needs

Purchase of Animals, Drugs, and Supplies

Specialized Facilities and Services

Transportation and Shipment of Animals

 

Forms

Animal Order Form 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.
Animal Transfer Form

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.

Health Cards 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.

Animal Resource Sharing Program

Program summary.

Tissue Share Requests

Investigators who would like to receive animal tissue from the Tissue Share Program should complete and submit this form to CMP Health Division.

Live Animal Requests

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.

Food Animal Requests

Anyone who would like to receive small, frozen rodents as food source for other animals should complete and submit this form to CMP Health Division.

CMP Drug-Supply Request Form

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.

 

Training

It is the responsibility of Texas A&M University to assure that all Texas A&M and Texas A&M AgriLife Research personnel involved in the care, treatment, and use of animals in research and teaching are qualified to perform their duties. The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) expects all personnel to participate in the Texas A&M Animal Care and Use Training Program to satisfy their training requirement. As part of the Animal Use Protocol (AUP) approval process, principal investigators must document the training and experience of their personnel.

 

CMP Training

Training Workshops

Online Training Program

Individual Training Sessions

Special Topic "Brown Bag" Seminars

Animal Caretaker Training Program

AALAS Certification Preparatory Course

Environmental Health & Safety Department Training Page

Outside Training Resources

Request Training

 

Other Training Resources Available on TrainTraq (search by title to access the course):

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 University 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.

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

 

Contact Us

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