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National Need and Priorities for Veterinarians in Biomedical Research
ACLAM and ACVP should facilitate the registration of their respective residency programs with the VIRMP.
Granting agencies, current residency programs, and veterinary medical schools should be charged with developing new avenues to fund laboratory anmal residencies.
Residency programs should aggressively recruit applicants through veterinary student clubs, national meetings, career days, etc.
Academic institutions should be encouraged to provide faculty appointments to comparative medicine veterinarians that support biomedical research. This will integrate veterinarians into ongoing research programs and more fully utilize their expertise and training.
Institutions should consider hiring additional support staff to assist with regulatory tasks, to allow veterinarians more time to interact with investigators and ongoing research programs.
Professional societies and training programs should actively recruit interested private practice veterinarians into residency and research training programs to retrain for careers in comparative medicine.