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Baylor College of Medicine


Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) is part of the Texas Medical Center in Houston Texas . The Texas Medical Center (TMC) is one of the largest and most renowned biomedical research complexes in the world. Besides BCM, The Texas Medical Center includes MD Andersen Cancer Center, Texas Children’s Hospital, Texas Heart Institute, University of Texas Health Science Center, The Methodist Hospital and Rice University.

The Center for Comparative Medicine (CCM) at Baylor College of Medicine is inviting applications from well qualified veterinary students to participate in its veterinary student externship program. The externship is for four weeks and gives students an overview of comparative medicine and insight into the field of laboratory animal medicine along with its career opportunities. CCM at Baylor College of Medicine has one of the largest and most productive animal research programs in the country. Baylor College of Medicine is one of the top ten medical schools in the country in terms of its academic ranking, external grant support for research and quality of post graduate studies.

CCM has over 140 employees and a staff and faculty that includes six clinical veterinarians, two pathologists, a Ph.D. molecular biologist, a Ph.D. neurobiologist/behaviorist and Director who is a well respected mouse geneticist. Areas of research at the CCM include mouse genetics, mouse models for studying human disease, laboratory animal pathology, environment and its effects on health of laboratory animals, novel use of molecular biology as a diagnostic tool and experimental surgery.

Interested students must have completed three years of veterinary school by the time of the externship. To receive consideration for the externship, students should send three professional references, a letter explaining their interest in comparative medicine and college transcripts. Before students can work in the facility, they will have to comply with Occupational Health requirements and undergo a background check. A small stipend may be available to a limited number of students.


Associate Veterinarians and special expertise available

  • Charles Raflo; MS, DVM, Diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine
  • Lori Hill; DVM, Diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine
  • Alan Herron; DVM
  • Paul Johnson; DVM
  • Karen Tatum; DVM
  • Brian Gibson; DVM
  • Claude Woodard; DVM

Educational Resources

  • Multiple texts
  • Multiple journals
  • Online Access
  • The University of Texas has a medical library across the street.


During the externship students will rotate through the clinical services, rotate through the comparative pathology laboratory, attend regularly scheduled didactic seminars, and gain insight into regulations related to animal research. Students interested in research might be able to spend and additional block of time to get introductory experience in biomedical research. The amount of cases the student will see per week varies, however we do have over 100,000 rodents of various species as well as nonhuman primates, swine, dogs, cats, rabbits and sheep.

Student Supervision

Access to one or several veterinarians every day, during business hours.


Not at this time.

Practice Information

Baylor College of Medicine
One Baylor Plaza, Suite 600D
Houston, TX 77030

Ph: 713-798-4486
Fax: 713-798-6588

Emai: Lori Hill Alan Herron - if you're interested in research

Updated: 8/11/09
Signature on file: Dr. Alan J. Herron

Houston, TX
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