The Gastrointestinal Laboratory at Texas A&M University is a unique Laboratory. We provide unique testing services for practicing veterinarians. When a veterinarian in practice is presented with a dog or cat with a complex gastrointestinal disease they can send a sample to the GI Lab for testing and often we will be able to help them make a diagnosis and choose the appropriate therapy.
Currently, we evaluate more than 1000 samples each week. But we are also involved in research. Over the last 10 years we have developed several new tests for the diagnosis of gastrointestinal diseases in dogs and cats. Some of these are now considered the gold-standard for diagnosis all over the world. We are involved in approximately 50 different research projects at the moment and collaborate with many investigators at different universities and clinics all around the world.
However, there are two long-term problems we face – in short, people and money. While our full-time team is made up of 18 people, there is only one faculty member at the moment with eight graduate students. This ratio is not ideal. Of course we could decrease the number of graduate students, but this would diminish the number of projects we can be involved in. Since we would prefer not to do that, we have decided to try to add additional faculty members. As I am sure you are aware, faculty positions are hard to create and in an environment where state contributions to veterinary colleges are steadily decreasing, a state-funded faculty line for the GI Lab is not realistic. Also, funding such a new faculty position solely from grant income is unrealistic. Thus, we have decided to embark on a major capital campaign and I am very proud to be able to introduce our campaign to you.
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