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.
Missouri’s Comparative Medicine Program (CMP) is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected laboratory animal medicine residency / comparative medicine research training programs in the country. The program has received NIH funding support for over 30 years. Since the inception of the CMP, over 120 individuals have completed residency training, 91 are board certified by the ACLAM and several intend to sit for boards in the future. The University of Missouri’s CMP has trained approximately 8% of the 800 active ACLAM diplomates in the country. Graduates of this program have pursued successful careers in in academia, government, and industry.