 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 biol...
 Research
 Clinical Medicine
 Pathology and
Diagnostics
 Surgery
 Teaching and
Training
 Administration
 Diverse an...
 No two days are the same!
 Multiple components to a clinician’s job
 Veterinary Care
 Husbandry Oversight
 Model Dev...
 Wide variety of species
 Herd Health
 Preventative Medicine
 Dog/Cat
 NHP
 Rodent
 Outbreak Management
 Research Outcomes vs. Treatment Opt...
 You are the “Expert”!
 Wide variety of species
 Regulatory Component
 Cage size – USDA, The Guide for Care and Use of...
 “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...
 Alternatives to animal models
 How can you help?
 3 (4) R’s
 Reduce the number of animals used
 Refine methods
 Rep...
 Model Development/Refinement
 Model Support
 Surgical Model Development (VAP placement)
 Specialized Veterinary Needs...
 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...
 Coupling of interests
 Veterinary medicine
 Research
 Post-DVM programs devoted to training in
research and veterinar...
 Develop hypotheses
 Perform investigations
 Observe and interpret outcomes
 Establish conclusions
 Prepare grants an...
 Basic
 Clinical / Applied
 Veterinary Questions
 Human Health Questions
 Primary Investigators
 Collaborative Scien...
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 Co...
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
 Anywhere biomedical research is performed
 Universities
 Pharmaceutical
companies
 Biotech companies
 Government
 A...
 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...
 Independent and Collaborative
Research
 Improving human and animal life
 Veterinary Care
 Development and refinement ...
 Externships / electives
 Comparative Medicine Clubs
 Student member of
ASLAP, ACVP, etc
 Meeting opportunities
 Talk...
 What?
 3-12 weeks
 Summer research programs
 Flexible
 Many are paid!!!!!
 Where?
 Academia – training programs
 ...
http://cvm.msu.edu/research/summer-research-program-1/merck-merial-veterinary-scholars/merck-merial-veterinary-
scholars-n...
 Research
 “Residency”
 hands on
 no internship
required
 Various
combinations
 Each program has
it’s strengths
 Advantages
 Perspective to
research
 Comparative
 Clinician scientist
 Research teams
 Coupling of interests
 Dedi...
 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
(reside...
 Exciting careers
 Great job market
 Neat toys
 Great environment
Questions?
A Day in the life of a Clinical Laboratory Animal Veterinarian
A Day in the life of a Clinical Laboratory Animal Veterinarian
A Day in the life of a Clinical Laboratory Animal Veterinarian
A Day in the life of a Clinical Laboratory Animal Veterinarian
A Day in the life of a Clinical Laboratory Animal Veterinarian
A Day in the life of a Clinical Laboratory Animal Veterinarian
A Day in the life of a Clinical Laboratory Animal Veterinarian
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  • A Day in the life of a Clinical Laboratory Animal Veterinarian

    1. 1.  A Day in the Life of a Clinical Laboratory Animal Veterinarian  Research Opportunities  Fun Facts
    2. 2.  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
    3. 3.  Research  Clinical Medicine  Pathology and Diagnostics  Surgery  Teaching and Training  Administration  Diverse and interesting jobs Research Surgery Pathology Clinical Medicine
    4. 4.  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
    5. 5.  Wide variety of species
    6. 6.  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
    7. 7.  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!!!!!!!
    8. 8.  “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!
    9. 9.  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)
    10. 10.  Model Development/Refinement  Model Support  Surgical Model Development (VAP placement)  Specialized Veterinary Needs (DMD)  Technical Support/Training  Breeding Colony Problems  Training
    11. 11.  PI and their staff  Graduate students  Veterinary students  Public at large
    12. 12.  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!)
    13. 13.  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
    14. 14.  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
    15. 15.  Basic  Clinical / Applied  Veterinary Questions  Human Health Questions  Primary Investigators  Collaborative Scientists Translational Research} } One Health One Medicine
    16. 16. One health initiative http://onehealthinitiative.com/index.php
    17. 17.  Technology development for organ transplantation
    18. 18. Examples of Comparative Medicine Research  Development for mouse models of cancer metastasis
    19. 19. Example of Micro-CT Image Data Volume rendering of Micro-CT image data. CTI-Concorde LLC MicroCAT II™ Micro-CT Micro-CT Coronal Section
    20. 20. Day 21 Day 27 Day 35 Day 43 Progression of a Tibial Metastasis 0.75 mm 1.4 mm 2.3 mm ?
    21. 21. Day 27 0.75 mm
    22. 22. Day 21 Progression of a Tibial Metastasis
    23. 23.  Anywhere biomedical research is performed  Universities  Pharmaceutical companies  Biotech companies  Government  All over the country / world  Travel!
    24. 24.  Great!!!  Future stil bright
    25. 25.  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
    26. 26.  Independent and Collaborative Research  Improving human and animal life  Veterinary Care  Development and refinement of animal models  Development of alternatives to animals
    27. 27.  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
    28. 28.  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
    29. 29. 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
    30. 30.  Research  “Residency”  hands on  no internship required  Various combinations  Each program has it’s strengths
    31. 31.  Advantages  Perspective to research  Comparative  Clinician scientist  Research teams  Coupling of interests  Dedicated funding sources for training  Disadvantages?  Time well spent!
    32. 32.  Visit the web  Talk to Comparative Medicine Scientists and Laboratory Animal Veterinarians  Do an externship!!!!!!
    33. 33. DVM Graduate training (MS, PhD, postdoc) Residency Research Research Combined programs (DVM/PhD) Combined programs (resident/grad) Practic e
    34. 34.  Exciting careers  Great job market  Neat toys  Great environment
    35. 35. Questions?

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