Type of InstitutionPrivate University
DirectorKerith Luchins, DVM, DACLAM
Address5841 S. Maryland Ave, MC 1030, Chicago, IL 60637
Who to ContactKerith Luchins, DVM, DACLAM
Contact Emailkluchins@bsd.uchicago.edu
Contact Phone(773) 702-6756
Contact Fax(773) 702-9152
How long are the rotations?2-12 weeks
When do rotations start?rolling admissions

Preference for applicants with at least two years of veterinary school.  Application includes CV, letter of intent, unofficial transcript, and 3 letters of recommendation

How many trainees at one time?

Availability of housingHousing is not provided
Overview of the program

The University of Chicago Laboratory Animal Medicine Externship Program is intended for veterinary students who are interested in learning about a career in the laboratory animal medicine field. The principal aim of the program is provide a broad overview of the field by exposure to all aspects of animal care and use program at the University of Chicago, one of nation's leading biomedical research facilities. The program consists of a clinical and didactic components and can be tailored to individual student’s interest. If feasible, a small research project will be identified for the trainee to perform and present at the end of the program.

Clinical Experience:

  • Rounds with the clinical veterinarian, resident, and certified rodent veterinary technicians
    • Rodents, large animals (ex: dogs, pigs, rabbits), and nonhuman primates
  • Exposure to the sentinel, biosecurity, and quarantine programs
  • Experience in the rodent gnotobiotics facility and non-traditional and aquatic species
  • Shadow husbandry staff and learn hands-on techniques
  • Anesthesia preparation, surgical monitoring, and post-operative care of various species
  • Exposure to the enrichment program of various species

Didactic Experience:

  • Attend resident didactic lecture series, pathology rounds, journal club, vet’s meeting, open staff meetings, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC), Clinical and Surgical Techniques (CAST) working group, and virtual grand rounds
  • Perform IACUC veterinary pre-review of select protocols with the primary vet reviewer
  • Discuss accounting and information management systems as they pertain to laboratory animal facilities
  • Exposure to institutional Standard Operation Procedures (SOPs), Policies and Guidelines, and IACUC protocols


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Website: https://voices.uchicago.edu/lamtp/history/mentored-research-experience-2/