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Program in Comparative Medicine

The Program in Comparative Medicine, established in 1989, studies the characterization of animal models of human disease for biomedical research and the use of such models to advance understanding of disease or biological processes. The program is highly regarded based on-site visits by the DOD (ACURO), BARDA, NIH (OLAW), USDA, CDC, special joint USDA/NABR site visits, as well as visits from industry sponsors. All research studies are performed with prior approval from the Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC). Maintenance and surveillance of the animals involves a high standard of humane care at a level above recommendations set forth in the NIH publication “The Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals” (National Research Council – 8th Edition).

Research & Consultation Services

  • Investigators should schedule a consultation with one of our senior staff members as they begin to develop grant & contract applications.
    • This will help your application workflow and save time to initiate your study once it has been fully approved.
  • Our staff is always available for continued consultation throughout the life cycle of your research
  • We have expertise in managing GLP studies
  • We have extensive expertise in providing collaborative support for a broad range of laboratory animal-based research studies, to include managing studies intended for submission to the FDA/EPA

We provide and oversee all Veterinary Services available to University of Maryland School of Medicine and UMB researchers.

Veterinary medical and husbandry services include but are not limited to:

  • Daily health monitoring / provision of husbandry medical care 24/7, 365 days a year
  • Training in the basics of standard/safe handling procedures to new lab members.
  • Assisting in ordering materials needed for IACUC approved research (e.g. antibiotics, other pharmaceuticals, medical components or instruments).
  • NOTE for use of Controlled Dangerous Substances (CDS) in IACUC approved research protocols, the PI is required to secure their own CDS/DEA registrations to order and store CDS on campus. State and Federal Law prevents Comparative Medicine from ordering/providing CDS.
  • Providing species-specific anesthesia support
  • Breeding Colony setup/maintenance plans
  • Providing full necropsy service, along with in-house testing and commercial diagnostic lab test submissions, as well as pathology specimen submission as needed.
  • Providing full necropsy service and diagnostic testing for the purpose of identifying intercurrent disease which may affect animal health and impact on successful research endeavors