The broad objectives of the University of Missouri Comparative Medicine Program (CMP) 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.