Pennsylvania State College of Medicine, Hershey Medical Center
Is there a medical school?
Is this a land-grant institution?
Dr. Ronald P. Wilson
Dr. Ronald P. Wilson
Who to Contact
Dr. Ronald P. Wilson
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Department of Comparative Medicine, H054
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M.S. Hershey Medical Center
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500 University Drive, P.O. Box 850
Penn State Hershey Animal Resource Program
Is the facility AAALAC accredited?
Describe management structure
One central vivarium only
Describe the extent to which your facilities are centralized
Animals housed in 2-5 separate locations
Vivarium Square Feet
Summarize the nature of the animal population and the predominant types of clinical activities
Approx. 14,000 average daily census; 90% rodents, primarily genetically-modified mice; 10% rabbits, farm animals, guinea pigs, cats; < 25 non-human primates.
Predominant clinical activities include daily veterinary care; after-hours veterinary care as needed; provide anesthesia and surgical expertise, assistance, consultation; assist with surveillance programs; etc.
Number of Veterinarians in program
Number of ACLAM Diplomates in program
Number of Boarded Pathologists
Number of Other Boarded Veterinary Specialists
Number of necropsies/week in the veterinary unit
Number of surgical cases/week in the veterinary unit
Training Program Details
Is this program recognized by ACLAM?
Does this program participate in the Uniform Application Process?
Number of concurrent residents
How many residents/trainees have completed this program?
Of these, how many have subsequently become ACLAM Diplomates?
In what year did the program accept its first trainee?
How many years are required to complete this program (residency only)?
Is formal coursework offered?
Is a degree program associated with this residency?
If yes, what degree(s)?
Masters of Science
Which departments most commonly grant degree(s)?
Department of Compartative Medicine
Give an overview of this program, describing its particular strengths and any unique aspects that are not addressed in any of the other sections
Intensive, three-year program combining clinical experience, graduate course work (minimum 30 credits) and thesis research. Appointment as 1/2-time Graduate Assistants (may qualify for loan deferment while enrolled in program). Exposure to many different species and areas of research. 4-week rotation at NIH available. Clinical experience supplemented with veterinary coverage for local zoo.
Describe any unique research interests of your faculty
Experimental surgery, anesthesia and analgesia, experimental pathology
Give a few literature citations of publications completed by trainees during their tenure in this program
Villano, J.S., C.A. Boehm, E.L. Carney, T.K. Cooper. Complications of elastase-induced arterial saccular aneurysm in rabbits: case reports and literature review. Comp. Med. 62:480-486; 2012.
Maddineni, S., S. Nichenametla, R. Sinha, R.P. Wilson, J.P. Richie. Methionine restriction affects oxidative stress and glutathione-related redox pathways in the rat. Exp. Biol. Med. 238:392-399; 2013.
Koya, V., A.M. Campbell, P.J. McLaughlin, D. Tewari, R.P. Wilson, T.K. Cooper. Outbreak of abdominal distension and obstipation in a C57BL/6J experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis study. Vet. Pathol. 49:528-531, 2012.
Rosensteel, S.M., R.P. Wilson, S.L. White, H.P. Ehrlich. COL1A1 oligodeoxynucleotides decoy: biochemical and morphologic effects in an acute wound repair model. Exp. Mol. Pathol. 89:307-313, 2010.
Boehm, C., E.L. Carney, R.J. Tallarida, R.P. Wilson. Midazolam enhances the analgesic properties of dexmedetomidine in the rat. Vet. Anesth. Analg. 37:550-556, 2010.
Gulani, J, Norbury, CC, Bonneau, RH, Beckwith, CS. The effect of Helicobacter hepaticus infection on immune responses specific to herpes simplex virus type 1 and characteristics of dendritic cells. Comparative Medicine. 59(6):534-544; 2009.
Mejia AF, Culp TD, Cladel NM, Balogh KK, Budgeon LR, Buck CB, Christensen ND. Preclinical model to test HPV capsid vaccines in vivo using infectious HPV/CRPV chimeric papillomavirus particles. Journal of Virology. 80(24):12393-7, 2006.
Wilgenburg BJ. Budgeon LR. Lang CM. Griffith JW. Christensen ND. Characterization of immune responses during regression of rabbit oral papillomavirus infections. Comparative Medicine. 55(5):431-9, 2005 Oct.
Jenkins JB. Omori T. Guan Z. Vgontzas AN. Bixler EO. Fang J. Sleep is increased in mice with obesity induced by high-fat food. Physiology & Behavior. 87(2):255-62, 2006 Feb 28.
Jenkins AL. Lang CM. Budgeon LR. Cladel NM. Reed CA. Welch DR. Christensen ND. Mucosally-derived HPV-40 can infect both human genital foreskin and cutaneous hand skin tissues grafted into athymic mice.Virus Research. 93(1):109-14, 2003 May.
Dennis JU. Dean NM. Bennett CF. Griffith JW. Lang CM. Welch DR. Human melanoma metastasis is inhibited following ex vivo treatment with an antisense oligonucleotide to protein kinase C-alpha. Cancer Letters. 128(1):65-70, 1998 Jun 5.
Where will vacancies be advertised?
ASLAP Newsletter and website, COMPMED listserv, ACLAM Newsletter, JAVMA website
What month does the program begin?
Living and Working
Starting Annual Salary
To what extent is travel to meetings, etc. paid for?
Travel and expenses are paid for one national meeting in the 2nd and 3rd year of the program (AALAS, APV). PVMA Annual Conference (complimentary registration provided). Local and regional meetings also available.
Is individual health insurance provided?
Is family health insurance provided?
Describe any fees or tuition
Health Insurance costs $312-672/yr
Describe the residents’ responsibilities for night, weekend, and holiday coverage
Residents share weekend and holiday duty with the clinical veterinary faculty. Evening emergencies are rare: 2 or fewer per year.
How many annual vacation days are given?
How many annual sick days are given?
Briefly describe the community
Conveniently located in south-central Pennsylvania, Hershey is only hours away from most major metropolitan areas in the Northeast - Washington, DC, Philadelphia, New York and Baltimore. Hershey is a family-oriented community with lots to see and do. Affordable housing on or off campus.
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