Events Calendar

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Short Course Scholarships

Hi everyone,
The annual Charles River Short Course (see link) will be held June 15-18 this year in Danvers, MA. In addition the the scholarships offered through CRL, ACLAM also has an award available. Applications must be sent electronically; I've put a copy of the application in our lab animal club folder on the share drive. In addition to the form, you need to send them a CV, personal statement, transcripts, proposed budget, and recommendation letter. See the form for detailed instructions. Applications are due April 1st.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

University of Michigan Summer Lab Animal Externship


Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Are you interested in clinical veterinary medicine AND veterinary science?

Do you want to work with a variety of non-traditional species?

Are you curious about the cutting edge science
that defines the human and animal biomedical fields?

If so, we would like to encourage you to spend the summer with the Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine (ULAM) at the University of Michigan Medical School. Join a group of 7 veterinary residents, 5 clinical laboratory animal veterinarians, 6 research veterinarians, 3 veterinary pathologists, and 8 veterinary technicians that work collaboratively to promote the health and well-being of numerous laboratory animal species utilized in biomedical research.

Over the 12-week funded externship, each student will gain experience in clinical medicine and research, necropsy and pathology, animal surgery, and animal colony management. In order to gain further appreciation for the broad practice of laboratory animal medicine, students will “shadow” the clinical veterinary residents. Additional training experiences will include participation in journal clubs, seminar series, and management teams.

Each student will be expected to participate in a mentored research project, with the goal of presenting the work to the department at the completion of the externship. This research project will comprise 50% of the student’s effort, and may be selected based on personal interests or on current clinical research efforts within the department. No previous research experience is required. Applications must be received by February 2, 2009.

The field of laboratory animal medicine is challenging, intellectually-stimulating, and diverse, with a wealth of employment opportunities currently available throughout the country. We encourage you to work with us in our specialty field of laboratory animal medicine this summer!

Application materials can be accessed at

For further information, contact:
Lesley A. Colby, DVM, MS, DACLAM

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Residency Program - Cornell

Laboratory Animal Medicine Residency. Cornell Center for Animal Resources and Education (CARE) in Ithaca, NY has an opening in an ACLAM-accredited laboratory animal residency starting July 2009. The objective of this 3 year residency program is to train graduate veterinarians for a career in biomedical/agricultural research, by providing them with the knowledge and experience necessary to achieve certification by the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM). As outlined in the ACLAM Role Delineation Document, the resident will receive training to advance the humane care and responsible use of laboratory animals. These skills include clinical diagnosis and treatment, research support, knowledge of animal husbandry programs, IACUC responsibilities, development of animal models, and collaborative research projects. Guidance and adequate time is provided to enable a first author publication in a peer-reviewed journal, as required for ACLAM board eligibility. Opportunity exists for a concurrent master’s degree through the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in the Field of Comparative Biomedical Research. The large size and diverse nature of the Cornell University animal resources program provides the resident with active participation in the many facets of laboratory animal medicine. The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences maintains production herds of dairy cattle, beef cattle, sheep, and poultry. This is a training niche that is not available in many programs, but it addresses a growing demand for lab animal veterinarians experienced in the care and management of agricultural species. Additional training will include rotations at New England Primate Research Center, and nearby pharmaceutical companies and academic institutions. Cornell is nestled in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York. Salary is based on the NIH pay scale, plus benefits. Applicants should send curriculum vitae, statement of goals and interests, transcripts, GRE scores, and 3 reference letters to Dr. Mary Martin, Chief of Training and Development, CARE Annex, CVM, Box 14, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14850; phone (607) 253-3520, e-mail:

Residency Program - Colorado State

The Colorado State University, Laboratory Animal Resources, in conjunction with
the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology, in the College of
Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, is offering a post-DVM graduate
training position in comparative animal medicine. The core program includes
residency training in laboratory animal medicine and graduate research, and is
designed to culminate in both American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine
(ACLAM) board certification eligibility, and an MS or PhD degree in the
department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology. Clinical and didactic
training will be performed at CSU in conjunction with combined post-doctoral
training programs in veterinary anatomic and clinical pathology, and
microbiology. Residency training is facilitated by a diverse and well established
program for animal care and use at AAALAC international accredited facilities.
Graduate research training utilizes modern scientific methodology and
encourages independent thought with an emphasis on experimental design, data
interpretation, and development of written and oral communication skills.
Research opportunities include, but are not limited to, the study of bacterial and
viral pathogenesis, mycobacterial diseases, arthropod borne infectious disease,
retrovirus pathogenesis/therapy, transmissible spongiform encephalopathies,
immunoparasitology, malarial molecular biology and immunology, vector biology,
inherited metabolic disease, and diseases induced by environmental toxins.
Applicants must have a DVM or equivalent degree from a College of Veterinary
Medicine. Applications will be reviewed starting on November 3, 2008 for a
program commencing on July 1, 2009. Three years of residency and graduate
training are supported by stipends starting at approximately $32,000/year. NIH
sponsored training grants and successful applications for extramural funding
support subsequent graduate research. Benefits include paid tuition and
contributions to student health insurance. For additional information, please visit
the program web site at:
Application instructions can be viewed at: Applications
should be submitted to Ms. Andrea Guillory; tel. (970) 491-7861 or by email:
Colorado State University is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Cynomolgus Behavior in the Wild

I came across this article on MSN and thought those of us who are primatologists might find it interesting. And for those of us who aren't primatologists.......the picture is cute!
The UW library system has electronic access to the International Journal of Primatology where you can find this article (the peer-reviewed one, not the media's interpretation), although I think the new issues are delayed a few months before they're posted online, so you might have to wait a while.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

CDC Laboratory Animal Medicine Residency Program

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) invites applications for a 2-year residency program in Laboratory Animal Medicine. The program is designed to meet the training requirements for ACLAM certification and prepares veterinarians for careers in biomedical research. The two year program consists of clinical experience paired with core didactic training in laboratory animal medicine and mentored research. Research opportunities are available in several areas including infectious diseases and biocontainment. Upon completing the two year residency program, participants will incur a two year service obligation at the CDC. A salary equivalent to a GS-9 (approximately $46,680) will be provided for the first year. Compensation during subsequent years will increase based on successful completion of the curriculum and program.=20

Candidates for this program must have a DVM or equivalent from an American Veterinary Medical Association-accredited veterinary school and passed the NAVLE, be a U.S. citizen or hold permanent residency status, and be eligible to obtain and maintain a U.S. Government security clearance. A license to practice veterinary medicine in at least one state of the US is highly desirable. To apply for this program, submit official transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended and a cover letter with a statement of career goals and aspirations, curriculum vitae, and the names, telephone numbers, and addresses of three professional references. All application materials should be sent to:

Dr. Nathaniel Powell, Jr. DVM, Diplomat ACLAM
Chief Animal Resources Branch Division of Scientific Resources National Center for Prevention, Detection, and Control of Infectious Diseases Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
1600 Clifton Road (MS - G28) Atlanta, Georgia 30333
Fax: 404-639-1388

Applications must be postmarked on or before May 20, 2008, for a July 1 matriculation. For more information, please contact Dr. Nathaniel Powell at 404-639-3442 or
CDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and provides a smoke-free work environment.