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College of Veterinary Medicine

Comparative Medicine Program (Wagner Fellowship)

Laboratory Animal Veterinarians provide for the health and welfare of animals in a research setting. They are integral members of the research community that seeks to advance human and animal health through the development of cures, treatments and preventative measures for diseases ranging from cancer to diabetes to Alzheimer’s. To become a Laboratory Animal Veterinarian, one must perform three years of rigorous residency training after veterinary school. The University of Missouri Comparative Medicine Program (Wagner Fellowship*) is seeking support for one of the oldest, largest, and most respected laboratory animal medicine residency programs in the country. This program has trained approximately 8% of the 800 active American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM) diplomates in the United States. Training is designed to prepare individuals for a variety of careers including clinical and administrative laboratory animal medicine and comparative medicine research. With flexible training experiences, state-of-the-art facilities, and a tradition of excellence, the MU CMP is one of the top programs in the nation.

Contributions through this fundraising page will be directed to the Joseph E. Wagner Fellowship in Laboratory Animal Medicine Endowment expendable account, so funds can be used immediately to support post-doctoral fellows, graduate students, or residents in the College of Veterinary Medicine Comparative Medicine Program (CMP). Thank you for your support!

*The Wagner Fellowship is named after Dr. Joseph E. Wagner, who established the Research Animal Diagnostic Laboratory (RADIL; now IDEXX BioAnalytics) and directed this preeminent laboratory for 32 years. Dr. Wagner was also one of many key faculty in the establishment and growth to prominence of the Comparative Medicine Program. Because of this commitment to training the next generation of Laboratory Animal Veterinarians, the faculty of the RADIL established this fellowship in his name.

If you wish to make your donation via check or through a donor advised fund, please contact MU Advancement at 866-267-7568. 

Angela Goerndt Joe and Debbie Safron Lisa Brossia Root
Lucinda (Wagner) Buescher Naomi Lee