Comparative Medicine contributes to a greater understanding of life through studies that define and compare complex living organisms and processes.
The University of South Florida affirms that respect for all forms of life is an inherent characteristic of scientists who conduct research involving animals, that the respectful treatment, care and use of animals involved in research is an ethical and scientific necessity, and that the use of animals in research and teaching contributes to the advancement of knowledge and the acquisition of understanding.
Comparative Medicine serves as the advocate for animals involved in research at the University of South Florida, and provides a fully accredited, centralized service of pathogen-free animal procurement, husbandry, health surveillance, and quality control, and is the Tampa Bay regional resource for laboratory animal-related services.
Comparative Medicine is fully accredited by AAALAC International as program #000434, is managed in accordance with the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, the Animal Welfare Regulations, the PHS Policy, the FDA Good Laboratory Practices, and the IACUC Principles & Procedures, has an assurance #A4100-01 on file with OLAW/PHS and maintains registration #58-R-0015 with USDA/APHIS/AC.
Comparative Medicine veterinarians are Florida-licensed, members of the AVMA, and are specialty board certified by ACLAM and/or ACVPM, and/or have research doctorates. Comparative Medicine maintains institutional membership with AALAS. All program staff are AALAS-certified, and many are either registered with the Society of Quality Assurance, and/or certified by the Academy of Surgical Research, or are State of Florida-certified veterinary technicians.