Colorado State University
Is there a medical school?
Is this a land-grant institution?
Dr. Lon Kendall (extern director)
Dr. Sue VandeWoude (residency director)
Who to Contact
Sue VandeWoude (residency); Lon Kendall (externs)
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Colorado State University
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Department of Microbiology, Immunology, Pathology
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Colorado State University
Is the facility AAALAC accredited?
Describe management structure
One central vivarium only
Describe the extent to which your facilities are centralized
Animals housed in 5+ separate locations
Vivarium Square Feet
Summarize the nature of the animal population and the predominant types of clinical activities
CSU’s Laboratory Animal Care program is AAALAC-international accredited and houses a diverse spectrum of species and animal model systems. Seven programs of research and scholarly excellence utilize animal models of research and are supported by CSU LAR. Facilities range from state of the art ABSL3 Regional Biocontainment Laboratory to outdoor paddocks for large animals. Colorado State University is an NIAID-NIH Regional Center of Excellence (RCE) for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases research and training. CSU has longstanding expertise in laboratory animal resource biocontainment capabilities, providing a fertile ground for clinical residency training.
Colorado State University's College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences is typically rated as one of the top two colleges of veterinary medicine and conducts a wide variety of animal model based research. CSU's College of Agriculture boasts state-of-the art farm animal production facilities. Colleges of Natural Science and Natural Resources also have strong programs of research in nutrition and fisheries and wildlife biology.
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)?
MS or PhD
Which departments most commonly grant degree(s)?
Microbiology, Immunology, Pathology
Give an overview of this program, describing its particular strengths and any unique aspects that are not addressed in any of the other sections
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, offers 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 board certification eligibility (ACLAM), and an MS or PhD degree in the department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology.
This program was initiated in 2002 and typically recruits 1 new resident per year in the fall to start in July. Though relatively newly organized, the caseload and didactic framework are well-developed and offer a unique opportunity to obtain well-rounded instruction in clinical, didactic, and research training. The Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology (DMIP) is a long-standing leader in training combined pathology residency-PhD students. The DMIP is a recipient of an NIH-NCRR T32 training grant to support research training beyond the 3-year residency portion of the program for candidates who desire additional research training.
Describe any unique research interests of your faculty
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, comparative oncology, comparative medicine husbandry and management, and diseases induced by environmental toxins.
Give a few literature citations of publications completed by trainees during their tenure in this program
Stasiak, K. L., Maul, D. H., French, E., Hellyer, P., VandeWoude, S.: “Species specific assessment of pain in laboratory animals,” Contemporary Topics in Laboratory Animal Medicine 42:13-20, 2003.
Hutchinson, E., Avery, A., VandeWoude, S.: “Enrichment for Laboratory Rodents.” ILAR Journal 46:148-161, 2005.
Rosenbaum, M., VandeWoude, S., Johnson, T., “The Effect of Cage Change Frequency and Bedding Volume on the Mouse and its microenvironment,” J Am Assoc Lab Anim Sci Nov;48(6):763-73, 2009.
Rosenbaum, M. D., Volkens, J., VandeWoude, S., Johnson, T.: "Macroenvironmental and Microenvironmental Disparities in Ammonia, Temperature, Humidity and Airborne Particulate Matter in Individually Ventilated Caging Housing Mice," JAALAS, 49(2):177-83, 2010.
Weiner, C. M., Rosenbaum, M. D., Fox, K., Mason, G., Bielefeldt-Ohmann, H., Veeramachaneni, R., VandeWoude, S.: “Cutaneous Virus-Induced Lesions in Sylvilagus spp.” In press, J. Vet. Diagnostic Investigations, Apr 2010.
Magden, E., Quackenbush, S.L., VandeWoude, S,: “Feline Immunodeficiency Virus associated neoplasma: A minireview,” Vet Immunol Immunopathol. 2011 Oct 15;143(3-4):227-34. Epub 2011 Jun 12.
Hutchinson, E., Avery, A., VandeWoude, S.: “Environmental enrichment during rearing impacts corticosterone levels, thymocyte numbers, and aggression in female BALB/c mice, “ Accepted for publication, JAALAS, September, 2011.
These articles are illustrative of those published by trainees of the program director in the field of laboratory animal science. For other research information, see faculty pages on http://www.cvmbs.colostate.edu/mip/faculty/index.htm
Where will vacancies be advertised?
JAVMA, Compmed list serve, ASLAP Liaisons, ASLAP website
What month does the program begin?
July, though the start date can be flexible.
Living and Working
Starting Annual Salary
To what extent is travel to meetings, etc. paid for?
Typically one meeting/year.
Is individual health insurance provided?
Is family health insurance provided?
Describe any fees or tuition
Tuition costs are covered.
Describe the residents’ responsibilities for night, weekend, and holiday coverage
Rotating schedule managed by residents. Typically one weekend on call by pager or phone/month.
How many annual vacation days are given?
How many annual sick days are given?
Briefly describe the community
Fort Collins Colorado is a city of approximately 110,00 that boasts close proximity to Rocky Mountains National Park, skiing, hiking, and a host of other outdoor activities. The community is approximately one hour from metropolitan Denver, providing access to an international airport, world-class museums, and other amenities provided by larger cities. Fort Collins boasts excellent weather, low crime, good schools, and a pleasant semi-rural/semi-urban college community. For more information on Fort Collins, visit http://www.ci.fort-collins.co.us/
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