Institution TypePublic University
Is there a medical school?No
Is this a land-grant institution?Yes
Vivarium DirectorDr. Lon Kendall
Program DirectorDr. Lon Kendall
Who to ContactDr. Lon Kendall
AddressColorado State University, Department of Microbiology, Immunology, Pathology , 2007 Campus Delivery, Fort Collins, CO  80523-2007
Phone(970) 491-5903
Fax(970) 491-2496

Vivarium Information

Vivarium NameColorado State University
Is the facility AAALAC accredited?Yes
Describe management structure2-5 Administratively distinct vivaria
Describe the extent to which your facilities are centralizedAnimals housed in 5+ separate locations
Vivarium Square Feet80,000
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. Major areas of biomedical research include cancer biology, infectious disease, vaccine development, immunology, molecular genetics, reproduction, nutrition, diabetes, experimental surgery, and environmental toxicology. Facilities range from state of the art ABSL3 Rocky Mountain Regional Biocontainment Laboratory to outdoor paddocks for large animals. 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 program7
Number of ACLAM Diplomates in program3
Number of Boarded Pathologists15
Number of Other Boarded Veterinary Specialists60
Number of necropsies/week in the veterinary unit20
Number of surgical cases/week in the veterinary unit2

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 residents3
How many residents/trainees have completed this program?8
Of these, how many have subsequently become ACLAM Diplomates?5
In what year did the program accept its first trainee?2002
How many years are required to complete this program (residency only)?3
Is formal coursework offered?Yes
Is a degree program associated with this residency?Yes
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

Smith BJ, Wegenast DJ, Hansen RJ, Hess AM, Kendall LV. Pharmacokinetics and paw withdraw pressure in female guinea pigs (Cavia porcellus) treated with sustained-release buprenorphine and buprenorphine hydrochloride. J Am Assoc Lab Anim Sci. 2016.

Williams WR, Johnston MS, Higgins S, Izzo AA, Kendall LV. Blood profiles in unanesthetized and anesthetized guinea pigs. Lab Anim (NY). 2016. 45(1):35-41.

Suhrim Fisher, Winona L Burgess, Kenneth D Hines, Gary L Mason, and James R Owiny. Carbon Dioxide induced Pulmonary Hemorrhage; Strain Differences. J Am Assoc Lab Anim Sci. 2016.

Curtis RC, Custis JT, Ehrhart NP, Ehrhart EJ, Condon KW, Gookin SE, Donahue SW.Combination Therapy with Zoledronic Acid and Parathyroid Hormone Improves Bone Architecture and Strength following a Clinically-Relevant Dose of Stereotactic Radiation Therapy for the Local Treatment of Canine Osteosarcoma in Athymic Rats. PLoS One. 2016 Jun 22;11(6):e0158005

Walton, KD, A Lord, LV Kendall, SW Dow. Comparison of three real-time, quantitative murine models of staphylococcal biofilm infection using in vivo bioluminescent imaging. 2014. Comp Med. 64:25-33.

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.

Weiner, C. M., Rosenbaum, M. D., Fox, K., Mason, G., Bielefeldt-Ohmann, H., Veeramachaneni, R., VandeWoude, S.: “Cutaneous Virus-Induced Lesions in Sylvilagus spp.” 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.

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

Where will vacancies be advertised?JAVMA, CompMed listserv, ASLAP Liaisons, ASLAP website
What month does the program begin?July, though the start date can be flexible

Living and Working

Starting Annual Salary$38,500
To what extent is travel to meetings, etc. paid for?Typically one meeting/year.
Is individual health insurance provided?Yes
Is family health insurance provided?No
Describe any fees or tuitionTuition costs are covered. Residents receive the same benefits as post-docs. Additional information available at
Describe the residents' responsibilities for night, weekend, and holiday coverageRotating schedule managed by residents. Typically one weekend on call by pager or phone/month.
How many annual vacation days are given?10
How many annual sick days are given?0
Briefly describe the communityFort 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
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