Institution TypeUS Government Agency
Is there a medical school?No
Is this a land-grant institution?No
Vivarium DirectorDr. Nathaniel Powell
Program DirectorDr. Nathaniel Powell
Who to ContactKristin Mayfield
AddressCDC, Comparative Medicine Branch, 1600 Clifton Road, H23-2, Atlanta, GA, 30333  
Phone(404) 639-1753

Vivarium Information

Vivarium NameComparative Medicine Branch
Is the facility AAALAC accredited?Yes
Describe management structure2-5 Administratively distinct vivaria
Describe the extent to which your facilities are centralizedAnimals housed in 2-5 separate locations
Vivarium Square Feet200,000
Summarize the nature of the animal population and the predominant types of clinical activities

CDC’s laboratory animals are used for infectious disease biomedical research in the broad classification categories of virology, bacteriology, mycology, immunology, and parasitology. Predominate clinical activities include scheduled physicals, splenectomies, and general veterinary procedures to ensure the health and well-being of the research animals.

Number of Veterinarians in program7
Number of ACLAM Diplomates in program4
Number of Boarded Pathologists0
Number of Other Boarded Veterinary Specialists1
Number of necropsies/week in the veterinary unit2
Number of surgical cases/week in the veterinary unit3

Training Program Details

Is this program recognized by ACLAM?Yes
Does this program participate in the Veterinary Internship & Residency Matching Program (VIRMP)?Yes
Number of concurrent residents6
How many residents/trainees have completed this program?6
Of these, how many have subsequently become ACLAM Diplomates?5
In what year did the program accept its first trainee?2008
How many years are required to complete this program (residency only)?2
Is formal coursework offered?Yes
Is a degree program associated with this residency?No
If yes, what degree(s)?
Which departments most commonly grant degree(s)?N/A
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 CDC program is unique because it is partnered with a major academic institution and specialized training in biocontainment is a part of the core program. The program is best described as a stacked 2 plus 2 program. The first two years are dedicated to completing the ACLAM recognized laboratory animal medicine residency program. After completion of the residency program, individuals are required to complete an additional two years of biocontainment training and experience at the CDC. There is also an opportunity for individuals to obtain a part of their biocontainment training at other federal research facilities while enrolled in the CDC Program. The opportunity to obtain a part of their biocontainment training at other federal research facilities while completing the CDC program is determined by the CDC residency program manager.

Currently there is a national shortage of veterinarians, a greater shortage of veterinarians with experience in laboratory animal medicine, and an even greater shortage of veterinarians with biocontainment experience. This program is important because it will meet the growing needs of the CDC to fully staff its new high containment laboratories with experienced laboratory animal medicine veterinarians. Additionally, the program also has the potential to meet the growing need to provide experienced and trained laboratory animal medicine veterinarians to support biocontainment laboratories within the HHS and also on a national basis.

Describe any unique research interests of your faculty

Critical to the mission and organization of CDC is the Coordinating Center for Infectious Disease (CCID) and within CCID, the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID). NCEZID provides national leadership in the identification, investigation, diagnosis, prevention, and control of infectious diseases. As the national infectious disease laboratory of the public health service, NCEZID conducts research in the definition, characterization, pathogenesis, and diagnosis of those infectious diseases that are considered public health priorities. NCEZID has developed expertise in detecting rare, exotic, or unusual diseases and is recognized for extensive capabilities in vector-borne diseases. NCEZID also provides reference laboratory services, laboratory surveillance, technical assistance, and epidemiological aid to states and nations throughout the world in the diagnosis, control, and prevention of infectious diseases. NCEZID internationally-recognized research scientists, physicians, veterinarians, and others are engaged in research training, and control activities that are both national and worldwide in scope. The animal care and use program in the Atlanta area is closely aligned with the NCEZID. CDC’s laboratory animals are used for infectious disease biomedical research in the broad classification categories of virology, bacteriology, mycology, immunology, and parasitology. Currently, 180 research protocols are approved for animal research by 66 principal investigators (PIs) in two Atlanta-area locations

Give a few literature citations of publications completed by trainees during their tenure in this program

Crystal H. Johnson, Congrong Miao, Elisabeth G. Blanchardb, Hayat Caidib, Gertrud U. Radub, Jennifer L. Harcourtb, Lia M. Haynes:
Chemokine Receptor CX3CR1 Deficiency Alters Innate Cell Recruitment Following Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection

Lindsay Livingston, Elizabeth Sweeney, James Mitchell, Wei Luo, Katherine Paul, Nathaniel Powell, R. Michael Hendry, Janet McNicholl and Ellen Kersh:
Hormonal synchronization of the menstrual cycles of pigtail macaques to facilitate biomedical research including modeling HIV susceptibility

Jessica D Ayers, Paul A Rota, Marcus L Collins, and Clifton P Drew. Alternatives to Retro orbital Blood Collection in Hispid Cotton Rats (Sigmodon hispidus)

Where will vacancies be advertised?Veterinary Internship & Residency Matching Program
What month does the program begin?July

Living and Working

Starting Annual Salary$46,680
To what extent is travel to meetings, etc. paid for?Two travel dates per year are funded by the residency program
Is individual health insurance provided?Yes
Is family health insurance provided?Yes
Describe any fees or tuitionThere are no fees or tuition charges
Describe the residents' responsibilities for night, weekend, and holiday coverageResidents are responsible for on-call duties. An on-Call rotation roster is published and residents share this duty with attending veterinarians
How many annual vacation days are given?13
How many annual sick days are given?13
Briefly describe the communityCDC is the nation’s premier health promotion, prevention, and preparedness agency and a global leader in public health.
It remains at the forefront of public health efforts to prevent and control infectious and chronic diseases, injuries, workplace hazards, disabilities, and environmental health threats. CDC is globally recognized for conducting research and investigations and for its action-oriented approach. CDC applies research and findings to improve people’s daily lives and responds to health emergencies—something that distinguishes CDC from its peer agencies. CDC works with states and other partners to provide a system of health surveillance to monitor and prevent disease outbreaks (including bioterrorism), implement disease prevention strategies, and maintain national health statistics. CDC also guards against international disease transmission, with personnel stationed in more than 25 foreign countries. CDC is now focusing on achieving the four overarching Health Protection Goals to become a more performance-based agency focusing on healthy people, healthy places, preparedness, and global health.
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