Houston Cancer Center Named For Aggie DVM
January 18, 2006
COLLEGE STATION, January 18, 2006 - The University of Texas M.D.
Anderson Cancer Center has named its new center for veterinary
medicine and surgery in honor of the late John H. Jardine, a 1962
graduate of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A& M
The naming of the facility - The John H. Jardine Center for
Veterinary Medicine and Surgery - recognizes the major
contributions Jardine made during his 29-year career to develop
outstanding veterinary medical services that support animal
research conducted at M. D. Anderson and many other institutions.
Jardine died in 1997.
Jardine became M. D. Anderson's first veterinarian when he
joined the staff in 1962, the same year he received his doctor of
veterinary medicine degree from Texas A&M. His initial
assignment was to design a model animal facility, which when it
opened in 1968 included innovative laboratories, surgical areas and
specialized radiation equipment for a wide range of research
In the early years, Jardine recruited and cross-trained medical
technologists and histology technicians to provide laboratory
support for multiple species of research animals. He collaborated
with colleagues in radiation oncology and nuclear medicine to
design a specialized cobalt radiotherapy unit and gamma camera
suite that would provide pioneering research involving non-human
primates, swine and canines. He also coordinated planning for M. D.
Anderson's two-unit Science Park in Bastrop County.
The Jardine Center contains almost 55,000 square feet of space
in the basement of M. D. Anderson's Clinical Research Building. The
center includes five operating rooms, two surgical laboratories, an
intensive care unit, a microsurgery suite for training
reconstructive and plastic surgeons, diagnostic imaging equipment
for advanced MRI and CT scanning, comprehensive pathology and
laboratory medicine suites, a cobalt radiation unit and a clinic
devoted to non-surgical procedures. The center also has a tumor
biology laboratory, specialized housing for large animals and
offices for the veterinary faculty and staff.
Kenneth N. Gray, D.V.M. and chair of the Department of
Veterinary Medicine and Surgery and a 1969 graduate of the College
of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M, said Jardine's "vision and
perseverance provided the foundation for the comprehensive
facilities we have today. Renaming these facilities in his memory
is a fitting tribute to a wonderful man and an outstanding
Gray's group of nine veterinarians and 80 support staff oversee
the breeding, care and use of approximately 60,000 animals on M. D.
Anderson's main campus and in its Smith Research Building on the
South Campus a mile away.
"About 290 scientists and physicians are using research animals
in almost 700 approved protocols. At least 98 percent of the
animals are mice and other rodents, but we also coordinate the care
and use of rabbits, guinea pigs, dogs, pigs, monkeys, frogs, fruit
flies and sea urchins," Gray said.
Jardine was a charter member of the American Society of
Laboratory Animal Practitioners and a frequent consultant for new
research animal facilities across the country. He received the 1983
Distinguished Atonement Award from the Texas Veterinary Medical
Association and the 1993 Distinguished Alumnus Award from Texas
A&M University's College of Veterinary Medicine. M. D. Anderson
honored him with its 1992 Distinguished Service Award.
Angela G. Clendenin
Director, Communications & Public Relations
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