Comparative Medicine at MU

Program Advantages

Mar 11th, 2014 | By
  • The MU CMP couples a residency program with a research program that leads to either an MS or PhD degree.

  • The first year of the program consists of laboratory animal medicine residency activities. In years two and three, the trainee is involved primarily in research activities (at least 40 hours/week) combined with 10-15 hours/week of laboratory animal medicine activities. The latter activities complement training gained in the first year and are part of an individual development plan generated in consultation with program faculty to facilitate pursuit of specific career goals. MS students complete their residency and degree program after three years, while PhD students complete their residency after three years and their degree program after approximately five years.

    CMP trainees may also elect to pursue a more clinically oriented program consisting of 1.5 years of residency activities in laboratory animal medicine followed by 1.5 years of research coupled with additional laboratory animal medicine activities at an approximately 50:50 split. Students pursuing this program generally pursue MS degrees but may switch to PhD degree programs. A maximum of one trainee/year can pursue this option.

  • Training is designed to prepare individuals for a variety of careers including comparative medicine research, clinical and administrative laboratory animal medicine and comparative and diagnostic laboratory animal pathology.

  • Students may pursue either a MS or PhD. Research opportunities are available in several areas including infectious disease, pathology, molecular biology, mouse biology and cardiovascular physiology.

  • Resources available include the University of Missouri Office of Animal Resources (OAR), IDEXX BioResearch, as well as the Mutant MouseRat and Swine Resource and Research Centers.