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  • Combine you interest in research/discovery with vet medicine Similar to other residency programs where they do clinical research

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    • A Day in the Life of a Clinical Laboratory Animal Veterinarian
    • Research Opportunities
    • Fun Facts
    • Provide for the health and well-being of animals used in research and testing
      • Laboratory Animal Medicine
    • Study of biology and disease in animal models to improve human and animal health
      • Comparative Medicine Research
    • Research
    • Clinical Medicine
    • Pathology and Diagnostics
    • Surgery
    • Teaching and Training
    • Administration
    • Diverse and interesting jobs
    Research Surgery Pathology Clinical Medicine
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    • No two days are the same!
    • Multiple components to a clinician’s job
      • Veterinary Care
      • Husbandry Oversight
      • Model Development/Refinement
      • Investigator Collaboration/Support
      • Training
      • Compliance
        • Protocol Review
        • Post-Approval Monitoring
        • Training
    • Wide variety of species
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    • Herd Health
    • Preventative Medicine
      • Dog/Cat
      • NHP
      • Rodent
    • Outbreak Management
    • Research Outcomes vs. Treatment Options
      • Will a treated animal still be a useful research model?
    • Model related disease vs. spontaneous disease
    • You are the “Expert”!
    • Wide variety of species
    • Regulatory Component
      • Cage size – USDA, The Guide for Care and Use of Laboratory Animals
      • Changing/Sanitization frequency
    • Animal Wellbeing
    • Diet
    • Bedding Types
    • Breeding Concerns
    • All must be kept in the context of the research they are supporting!!!!!!!
    • “ Hey Doc, I want to study heart disease in…
      • Mouse
      • Rat
      • Pig
      • How do I do it?”
    • “ Hey Doc, I have this mouse that gets heart disease, but it doesn’t show the signs I need it to. Any thoughts?”
    • How can you help?
    • This is where you can really help investigators by standing in the hallway and talking to them. Communication is the KEY!
    • Alternatives to animal models
      • How can you help?
    • 3 (4) R’s
      • Reduce the number of animals used
      • Refine methods
      • Replace animal models with other systems
      • (Respect)
    • Model Development/Refinement
    • Model Support
      • Surgical Model Development (VAP placement)
      • Specialized Veterinary Needs (DMD)
      • Technical Support/Training
    • Breeding Colony Problems
    • Training
    • PI and their staff
    • Graduate students
    • Veterinary students
    • Public at large
    • Animal Care and Use Committee (ACUC)
      • Animal Use Protocols
        • Pre-review
    • Animal Care Quality Assurance
      • Post-Approval Monitoring
      • Compliance
      • Animal welfare concerns
    • Best cure for most compliance issues is an ounce of prevention (lots of communication and training!)
    • Coupling of interests
      • Veterinary medicine
      • Research
    • Post-DVM programs devoted to training in research and veterinary specialties
      • Examples of research-oriented specialties
        • American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM)
        • American College of Veterinary Pathology (ACVP)
    • High demand / good pay
    • Variety of career opportunities
    • Develop hypotheses
    • Perform investigations
    • Observe and interpret outcomes
    • Establish conclusions
    • Prepare grants and manuscripts
    • Become experts in their fields
    Peter Doherty, DVM, PhD Nobel Laureate, 1996
    • Basic
    • Clinical / Applied
    • Veterinary Questions
    • Human Health Questions
    • Primary Investigators
    • Collaborative Scientists
    • Translational
    • Research
    } } One Health One Medicine
  • One health initiative http://onehealthinitiative.com/index.php
    • Technology development for organ transplantation
  • Examples of Comparative Medicine Research
    • Development for mouse models of cancer metastasis
  • Example of Micro-CT Image Data Volume rendering of Micro-CT image data. CTI-Concorde LLC MicroCAT II ™ Micro-CT Micro-CT Coronal Section
  • Day 21 Day 27 Day 35 Day 43 Progression of a Tibial Metastasis 0.75 mm 1.4 mm 2.3 mm ?
  • Day 27 0.75 mm
  • Day 21 Progression of a Tibial Metastasis
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    • Anywhere biomedical research is performed
      • Universities
      • Pharmaceutical
      • companies
      • Biotech companies
      • Government
      • All over the country / world
      • Travel!
    • Great!!!
    • Future stil bright
      • 0-5 years experience (ACLAM)
        • Ave (2005) = $71,000(non-dipl)-$96,000(dipl)
        • Highest = $150,000 (dipl)
      • Ave = $133,803 (ACLAM)
      • Consulting to supplement
        • Ave = $16,698
      • Residency Salaries
        • Start at $36,996
      • Post DVM/PhD training (SERCA)
        • Up to $75,000
    http://www.aclam.org/print/2005SalarySurveyFinal.pdf
    • Independent and Collaborative Research
    • Improving human and animal life
    • Veterinary Care
    • Development and refinement of animal models
    • Development of alternatives to animals
    • Externships / electives
    • Comparative Medicine Clubs
    • Student member of
    • ASLAP, ACVP, etc
      • Meeting opportunities
    • Talk to Comparative
    • Medicine Scientists
    • and Laboratory
    • Animal Veterinarians
    • Post-DVM training programs
    • What?
      • 3-12 weeks
      • Summer research programs
      • Flexible
      • Many are paid!!!!!
    • Where?
      • Academia – training programs
      • Biotech & pharmaceutical
      • companies
      • NIH, USDA
      • Primate centers
    • How to find?
      • Visit the web
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  • http://cvm.msu.edu/research/summer-research-program-1/merck-merial-veterinary-scholars/merck-merial-veterinary-scholars-national-and-canadian-research-opportunities-for-veterinary-students
    • Research
    • “ Residency”
      • hands on
      • no internship required
    • Various combinations
    • Each program has it’s strengths
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    • Advantages
      • Perspective to research
        • Comparative
        • Clinician scientist
        • Research teams
      • Coupling of interests
      • Dedicated funding sources for training
    • Disadvantages?
      • Time
      • well spent!
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    • Visit the web
    • Talk to Comparative Medicine Scientists and Laboratory Animal Veterinarians
    • Do an externship!!!!!!
  • DVM Graduate training (MS, PhD, postdoc) Residency Research Research Combined programs (DVM/PhD) Combined programs (resident/grad) Practice
    • Exciting careers
    • Great job market
    • Neat toys
    • Great environment
  • Questions?