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
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.
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
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.
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
Hosts: F Clubb, DVM, PhD, G Costas, DVM.
Regenerative Medicine Research & Center for Cell and
Organ Biotechnology, Texas Heart Institute (Houston,
"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
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