This position is a three year laboratory animal medicine training program for graduate veterinarians in preparation to become eligible for certification by the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine. Residents will provide clinical care for animals housed in Research Animal Resources facilities, with oversight provided by faculty mentors. They will participate in regular didactic training sessions, including a seminar series covering a broad range of topics related to laboratory animal medicine and management, as well as journal club. Residents will also complete a research project resulting in submission of a first author publication.
Clinical Care (50-75%) • Provide clinical care to research animals owned by the University or by outside organizations that have contracted to house animals at the University. • As indicated by the medical condition of the individual animal(s): Examine, diagnose, prescribe medication, perform surgery, and provide methods for humane euthanasia if necessary. • Perform rounds of all animals in the assigned clinical areas on a regular basis. • Provide services after-hours, holidays and weekends on a rotating basis, including provision of emergency veterinary care and responding to physical plant problems, such as alarmed entries and ventilation/heating/plumbing emergencies in concert with police or facilities maintenance staff as applicable.
Didactic Training and Teaching (20-30%) • Attend regular didactic training sessions provided in the form of resident seminars, journal club, clinical conferences, and board preparation sessions. Residents are included in the pool of presenters. Topics include, but are not limited to, biology, clinical medicine, management, and regulatory aspects of laboratory animal medicine. • In addition to presenting seminars, residents may also assist in teaching didactic courses and/or labs to veterinary students and University research staff. • Residents will also get instruction in specific areas of concentration including facility design, husbandry management, rodent health surveillance and preventative medicine, pathology and IACUC participation. Training in each concentration will include didactic approaches, as well as opportunities to translate didactic knowledge into practice.
Research (20-40%) • Residents will identify a hypothesis driven research project of interest and will, with assistance from their faculty mentor, design an appropriate experiment with controls; conduct a literature review; plan all logistics for undertaking the studies; secure IACUC approval, if needed; collect data; interpret (including statistical evaluation) results; and publish results in a peer-reviewed journal. • Residents may also have the opportunity to undertake a project in collaboration with an existing UMN laboratory. • Residents will be expected to make at least one presentation at a relevant national meeting, such as the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science National Meeting.
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