Facilities and Special Resources
The Avrum Gudelsky Veterinary Center is home to both the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine (VMRCVM) and the College of Agriculture & Natural Resources’ Department of Veterinary Medicine. Located at the University of Maryland, College Park campus, the Center lies in the heart of the state’s thriving biotechnology community in close proximity to some of Maryland’s major university research campuses and government laboratories, including the USDA Beltsville Agriculture Research Center, the National Institutes of Health, and Walter Reed Armed Forces Institute of Pathology.
The Center contains 32,000 square feet of research and support laboratories and animal care facilities. Approximately 18,000 square feet of space comprise Biological Safety Levels 2, 2+, and 3+ for laboratory animals and avian species.
The animal facility includes 25 animal rooms, 4 procedure rooms, and 2 animal support rooms. Animal rooms are equipped with individual ventilated cages (IVC) for rodent species as well as cages and isolators for other animal species. Procedure rooms are fully equipped with biosafety cabinets, anesthesia machines and CO2 euthanasia systems.
The research laboratories are fully furnished with state-of-the-art equipment for molecular biology research, including cell culture facilities, a confocal microscope, a fluorescence activated cell sorter, and a sophisticated electron microscope suite.
The Laboratory for Biological Ultrastructure in the Department of Biology is equipped with a transmission and scanning electron microscope, a confocal light microscope, ultramicrotomes, and equipment for freeze-fracture studies. In addition, the Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics has a Fluorescence-Activated Cell Sorter for cell biology research.
The campus has Central Animal Resource Facilities (CARF) for maintaining laboratory animals.
Faculty, staff, and students have access to multiple libraries on campus. The College Park campus is also conveniently located within a short driving distance of the National Agricultural Library, the National Library of Medicine, the Library of Congress, and the National Archives, as well as several other libraries of biomedical research and academic institutions.
Computer facilities at the University of Maryland are outstanding. The Department of Veterinary Medicine provides computer and free Internet access for all faculty and graduate students. Each student is also given an e-mail address through the university. The campus maintains both Unix and mainframe systems, as well as access to supercomputers for specific research projects. Software for graphics, modeling, statistics, and the analysis of molecular data is readily available.
The College Park campus is also ideally situated near a number of federal agencies involved in veterinary medical sciences. Collaborative initiatives are underway with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Centers for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) and Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN); U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS); Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS); Agricultural Research Service (ARS); Beltsville Agriculture Research Service (BARC); National Institutes of Health (NIH); Walter Reed Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP); World Bank; and Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). Scientists from some of these agencies have adjunct appointments with the Department of Veterinary Medicine and participate on students' graduate committees.