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Field Trips

The Summer Research experience is enhanced by 3 field trips to other research institutions, where students meet other scientists and witness other aspects of veterinary and biomedical research.

KCCMR

Keeling Center for Comparative Medicine and Research, MD Anderson Science Park (Bastrop, TX). Students observe aspects of laboratory animal care (primates) and learn about auxiliary service roles for veterinarians in biomedical research, for example, as veterinary pathologists and laboratory animal scientists. This visit includes tours of four primate colonies: rhesus, chimpanzee, owl monkey, and squirrel monkeys. After a lunch meeting with the veterinarians, students tour the pathology support laboratories.
Hosts: Drs. W Satterfield, C Abee, B Bernacky, C Abee, W Baze, A Brady, B Chaffee, M MacArthur & others.

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Center for Biodefense & Emerging Infectious Diseases, University of Texas Medical Branch (Galveston, TX). Students meet and have lunch with several scientists conducting research on zoonotic pathogens. About half of the scientists are veterinarians from US and European colleges. The students also get a "virtual" tour of a BSL-4 laboratory. Students have the opportunity to learn that veterinarians & animal disease research have a place anywhere.
Hosts: D Walker, MD; K Schuenke, PhD; F Murphy, DVM, PhD; C Fulhorst, DVM, DrPH; S Paessler, DVM, PhD; P Adams, DVM, PhD; S Higgs, PhD; & others.

THI

Comparative Cardiovascular Laboratory, Texas Heart Institute (Houston, TX). Students visit with scientists and tour the animal facilities at THI, where translational research on ventricular assist devices and vascular stents is conducted. They also have an opportunity to view cardiovascular surgery from the observation deck of the operating suite. Students are introduced to veterinarians' roles in translational research.
Hosts: F Clubb, DVM, PhD, G Costas, DVM.

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Regenerative Medicine Research & Center for Cell and Organ Biotechnology, Texas Heart Institute (Houston, TX).
"The Center for Cell and Organ Biotechnology is a new collaboration between the Texas Heart Institute and the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. Led by Dr. Doris A. Taylor, the Center draws from expertise at both institutions to position it as a world leader in adult stem cell research, organ transplantation, and personalized medicine. The Center includes scientists, engineers, physicians, veterinarians, and business managers from both organizations, other colleges affiliated with Texas A&M University, and affiliates in the Texas Medical Center."
Hosts: D Taylor, PhD; K Peek, PhD

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Texas A&M Institute for Pre-Clinical Studies (TAMU)
Tour of TIPS, a state-of-the-art facility for GLP-compliant large animal preclinical studies. Students observe surgery suites, animal housing, and advanced imaging technologies.
Host: M Lennox, PhD