Frequently Asked Questions

Is this a clinical or a research program?

This is a combined residency/research training program. The MU Comparative Medicine Program (CMP) and Laboratory Animal Medicine Program (LAMP) provide in-depth research training which results in either a MS or PhD degree. In conjunction, trainees receive residency training in clinical medicine, diagnostic and comparative pathology, and resource management through didactic courses and residency rotations where students function as the laboratory animal veterinarian and diagnostician.

Are different program structures available?

Two program structures are available. The MU CMP consists of one year of laboratory animal medicine residency activities followed by two years of primarily research activities (at least 40 hours/week) coupled with 10-15 hours/week of laboratory animal medicine activities. 
The latter activities complement training gained in the first year and are developed in consultation with the trainee to facilitate pursuit of specific career goals. Trainees in the CMP pursue either MS or PhD degrees. MS students complete their program after three years, while PhD students complete their program after 5-6 years. The majority of our funded positions are for the CMP program structure. 

The MU LAMP, in contrast with the CMP, consists 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 in this program pursue MS degrees but may switch to PhD degree programs.

What research opportunities are available?

A wide variety of research opportunities are available. See Research Mentors for a list of participating faculty and their research interests.

How long is the program?

The base residency program is 3 years and includes both residency and research training. At the completion of these 3 years, trainees receive a residency certificate and those students who pursue the MS track receive their degree and complete the program. Students who pursue a PhD complete their program after an additional 2-3 years of research training.

What degree programs are available?

Both MS and PhD degree programs are available. The MS degree is in Biomedical Sciences with Comparative Medicine emphasis. Various PhD programs are available; trainees most commonly pursue a PhD in Area Pathobiology.

What is the stipend range?

Stipends for all funded positions are based on NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA)  Stipends, Tuition/Fees and Other Budgetary Levels Effective for Fiscal Year 2016 (NOT-OD-16-047) 

What animal species are on the MU campus?

MU has large populations of research mice, rats, rabbits, swine and dogs. Other species include cats, cattle, chickens, other rodents, zebra fish, African clawed frogs and several animals with spontaneous or genetically engineered mutations.

What are the requirements and deadlines for application?

The MU CMP uses the Veterinary Internship & Residency Matching Program (VIRMP). Requirements for application include:

1. Standard VIRMP Application Packet

  • VIRMP Application
  • Veterinary School Official Transcript from University Registrar
  • Personal Statement
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • 3-4 Standardized Letters of Reference

2. Additional Requirements for the Program

  • Candidates must have a DVM or VMD degree (or equivalent), meet admission requirements of the MU Graduate School, and have or be pursuing a licence to practice veterinary medicine in  the sate of their choice.  The majority of funded slots require US citizenship or permanent residency.

3. Deadlines for Application 

  • Beginning October 14, 2016 but no later than November 6, 2016 11:59 PM EST applicants should complete their online application.  As this deadline is distinct from other residency specialties participating in the VIRMP, applicants should contact their references and registrar to ensure that letters of support and transcripts are submitted ahead of the 11/06/16 deadline.
  • The CMP/LAMP will review applications in mid-November and invite candidates for interviews to be held December 11-12.  For candidates invited to interview with the MU CMP/LAMP, it is highly recommended that you participate; therefore, you are encouraged to save these dates.  Conflicts for invited candidates who absolutely cannot attend the interview will be addressed on an individual basis.


For more information see the VIRMP website.

Do trainees need a Missouri State License?

Trainees are required to have a valid veterinary license and a state license of their choice.

Are there externships for veterinary students?

Three to twelve week externships are available.  For more information, see Externship Opportunities.

Is Insurance provided?

Trainees of the MU Comparative Medicine Program are eligible for the MU Graduate School insurance and subsidy programs.