point out that individuals with similar training can assume varied responsibilities. For example, the ACLAM/ASLAP salary survey (ACLAM/ASLAP, 2003) identifies laboratory animal veterinarians as clinical veterinarians (e.g., attending veterinarian), administrative staff (e.g., research animal resource program directors), faculty (e.g., principal investigators or co-investigators), and private consultants.
The authoring committee categorized comparative medicine veterinarians by their primary professional duty either as veterinarians participating directly in biomedical research or as veterinarians providing professional support for biomedical research. Many veterinarians whose primary duty is participating directly in biomedical research as principal investigators, co-investigators, research scientists, and technical consultants also have clinical duties as an attending or staff veterinarian, although the majority of their time is spent working on a research project. The other category of comparative medicine veterinarian is composed of those individuals whose primary professional duty is as an attending or staff veterinarian providing clinical services to the veterinary medicine program at a biomedical research institution. These individuals often contribute to specific research projects as technical advisors and even collaborators; however, the majority of their efforts are directed toward clinical and management aspects of the veterinary medicine program. Although these general categorizations are used throughout this report, it is important to understand that most comparative medicine veterinarians have professional duties in both categories, and that in many cases, this pull between various duties can be a source of professional frustration. During public testimony on the subject, it was apparent that many times faculty positions for veterinarians are contingent on a certain percentage of their time being given to clinical duties that support the institution’s veterinary medicine program—a contingency to which few other PhD faculty are subject, although MD faculty are. Attending and staff veterinarians may be pulled between their desire to interact more directly in the research programs at their institution and the large amount of time required to manage the extensive regulatory aspects of an animal research facility.