The broad objectives of the University of Missouri Comparative Medicine Program (CMP) and Laboratory Animal Medicine Program (LAMP) are to recruit academically oriented veterinarians and prepare them for careers as partners in biomedical research: as specialists in laboratory animal medicine and as researchers in laboratory animal science, comparative medicine and other biomedical sciences. Equally important, participants are well-versed in how to establish and foster collaborative research opportunities that include the development and maintenance of animal models in support of translational research activities. These training programs provide a base of information and credentials to achieve certification by the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine.