The Division of Comparative Medicine (DCM) is the academic home for veterinary faculty members who have service effort (administrative, clinical, or diagnostic pathology) in the Division of Animal Care (DAC) or the Office of Animal Welfare Assurance (OAWA). DCM is a cooperative, interdisciplinary research and teaching center that focuses on a branch of experimental medicine which includes the study of naturally occurring and experimental animal models of human disease; the etiopathogenesis, epidemiology, diagnosis, therapy, and prevention of infectious and noninfectious diseases of laboratory animals; the normal biology of laboratory animals; and the other research application of animals and related biotechnology.
DCMs mission is to advance knowledge and improve the health and well-being of humans and animals through independent or collaborative biomedical research that uses animal models of human disease, post-graduate research/service training of veterinarians, and the provision of an animal care program that exceeds the highest national standards.
Dr. Jeanne Wallace, Director of DCM, is very enthusiastic about the additional opportunities that the veterinary faculty members have here at Vanderbilt to contribute in areas of education and research. The Laboratory Animal Medicine Residency Program provides veterinary faculty members the opportunity to participate in the post-graduate education of veterinarians interested in obtaining advanced training in the biology and diseases of laboratory animals, the use of animal models to study human disease, regulatory compliance, and animal resource management. This training provides post-graduates eligibility for board certification by the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM).