Browder Named Interim Director Of Comparative Medicine
Elizabeth J. (Betsy) Browder has been named interim director of the Comparative Medicine Program (CMP). She assumed this position when former director, Melanie Ihrig vacated the position
Browder was the associate director of CMP and was responsible for the program’s training division. She serves as the Institutional Attending Veterinarian and is a member of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees, the Clinic Research Review Committee, and the Institutional Biosafety Committee. Additionally, she is a member of the Council on Accreditation of the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care, International. In this capacity she conducts accreditation site visits of programs for animal care throughout the United States and in Asia.
She graduated from Baylor University with a degree in English and Education in 1971 and taught in public and private schools. She returned to academia in the late 70s and studied veterinary medicine and immunology at Texas A&M where she received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1981 and a Master of Science in Immunology in 1985. She joined the staff of the Comparative Medicine program during her graduate work and has been a part of the program since that time.
The Comparative Medicine Program (CMP) is the centrally administered support service for animal research and teaching programs at Texas A&M University, College Station. CMP facilities and services are available for all Texas A&M University, College Station campus affiliated faculty, staff, and students who have been approved to conduct animal research by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). CMP is accredited by the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care, International (AAALAC, International) through its affiliation with other AAALAC-accredited TAMU programs.
CMP offers housing and care for most standard laboratory animals. Specialized housing can be provided for biohazard projects (ABSL I-III) and hazardous chemical projects. Varying degrees of animal isolation are available. Housing for large animal species is limited; however, various other campus animal care facilities can provide housing for large animals.