Department of Comparative Medicine (DCM)
The Department of Comparative Medicine (DCM) is the centrally administered support service for animal research and teaching programs at Scott & White, the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine (TAMHSC-COM) Temple Campus and the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System (CTVHCS). Our facilities and services are available for all affiliated physicians, faculty, trainees, staff, and students who have been approved to conduct animal research by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). Scott & white and TAMHSC-COM Temple Campus programs are accredited by the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC). All research is conducted in accordance with federal regulation and guidelines and assurances for our programs are held with the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW).
The DCM offers a variety of services to institutional personnel. These services include the procurement of animals and supplies, animal husbandry, provision of veterinary care, use of the DCM surgical facilities, technical support services, and animal use training services.