Institution TypePrivate University
Is there a medical school?Yes
Is this a land-grant institution?No
Vivarium DirectorDr. Brian Karolewski
Program DirectorDr. Brian Karolewski
Who to ContactDr. Andrea Hubbard
Address650 W. 168th St, Black Building, Room 1810, New York, NY  10032
Phone(212) 305-2338
Fax(212) 305-3458

Vivarium Information

Vivarium NameMultiple vivaria serving three campuses
Is the facility AAALAC accredited?Yes
Describe management structureAdministratively distinct vivaria
Describe the extent to which your facilities are centralizedAnimals housed in 8+ separate locations
Vivarium Square Feet105,000
Summarize the nature of the animal population and the predominant types of clinical activities

Columbia University Irving Medical Center, Manhattanville and the Morningside campuses of Columbia University house mice, rats, guinea pigs, gerbils, xenopus, lizards, fish, salamanders, cephalopods, songbirds, rabbits, ferrets, dogs, pigs, and non-human primates. Additionally Columbia University has ABSL-2 and ABSL-3 housing, germ-free housing facility, state of the art zebrafish facility, large animal surgical suites and various imaging modalities available.

Number of Veterinarians in program8
Number of ACLAM Diplomates in program5
Number of Boarded Pathologists0
Number of Other Boarded Veterinary Specialists0
Number of necropsies/week in the veterinary unit1
Number of surgical cases/week in the veterinary unit10-15

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 residents4
How many residents/trainees have completed this program?18
Of these, how many have subsequently become ACLAM Diplomates?12
In what year did the program accept its first trainee?1999
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?No
If yes, what degree(s)?
Which departments most commonly grant degree(s)?
Give an overview of this program, describing its particular strengths and any unique aspects that are not addressed in any of the other sections

Didactic training includes weekly resident seminar (~2 hr) presented by clinical veterinarians, residents, and guest lecturers. Journal club (~1 hr) occurs monthly. Non-didactic training includes rotations through large animal (1 year), small animal and quality assurance and training (1 year), veterinary oversight for ZMBBI/Morningside/Barnard campuses (1 year), IACUC/Regulatory (2 weeks). Residents will participate in clinical care of all species housed at the university during their residency. Residents will also provide veterinary protocol consultation for investigative staff and participate in IACUC meetings. There is a lot of hands-on experience for residents with each resident having an area of clinical care responsibility. Residents will be well prepared to work as a clinical veterinarian in laboratory animal medicine.

Describe any unique research interests of your faculty

Neuroscience, biochemistry and molecular biophysiology, dental medicine, genetics and development, cancer, cardiology, infectious diseases, endocrinology, immunology, ophthalmology, transplantation surgery, microbiology, and pharmacology

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

“VEGF receptor targeted imaging of angiogenic response to limb ischemia in diabetic vs. non-diabetic Yucatan minipigs.” Johnson, L. L., Johnson, J., Ali, Z., Tekabe, Y., Ober, R., Geist, G., ... & Backer, M. (2020). EJNMMI research10, 1-9.

 "Assessment of a Noninvasive Chronic Glucose Monitoring System in Euglycemic and Diabetic Swine (Sus scrofa)."  Ober, Rebecca A., and Gail E. Geist. Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (2020).

"The Dwarf Cuttlefish: a story of trials, exploration, and scientific frontiers." Barber, Joshua, and Rebecca A. Ober. Lab Animal 49.3 (2020): 61-62.

“Optimization of tamoxifen-induced Cre activity and its effect on immune cell populations .” Donocoff RS, Teteloshvili N, Chung H, Shoulson R, Creusot RJ. Sci Rep. 2020 Sep 17;10(1):15244. 

“Regeneration of severely damaged lungs using an interventional cross-circulation platform.” Guenthart, B.A., O’Neill, J.D., Kim, J R. Donocoff. et al. . Nat Commun 10,  1985 (2019).

"Sustained-Release Buprenorphine Improves Postsurgical Clinical Condition but Does Not Alter Survival or Cytokine Levels in a Murine Model of Polymicrobial Sepsis." Herndon NL, Bandyopadhyay S, Hod EA, Prestia KA. December 2016, Comp Med.
“Efficacy of Enrofloxacin in a Mouse Model of Sepsis.” A Slate, K Prestia, et al., July 2014, JAALAS.

“Transfusion of Stored Blood Impairs Host Defenses Against Gram-negative Pathogens in Mice.” K Prestia, A Slate, et al., May 2014, Transfusion.

“Using Reduced Personal Protective Equipment in an Endemically Infected Mouse Colony.” S Baker, K Prestia, and B Karolewski, May 2014, JAALAS.

“Pharmacokinetics of Fluoxetine in the Pregnant Baboon.” RL Shoulson,
RL Stark, and M Garland. Accepted: May 2014. JAALAS.

“Resveratrol Inhibits Oxidative Stress and Estrogen-Induced Breast Carcinogenesis through Induction of NFR2-mediated Protective Pathways.” B Singh, R Shoulson, A Chatterjee, A Ronghe, N Bhat, D Dim, H Bhat, Accepted May 2014 Carcinogenesis.

"Effect of dietary iron on fetal growth in pregnant mice." Hubbard, Andrea C., et al. April 2013. Comparative medicine.

Where will vacancies be advertised?ASLAP and ACLAM websites. 1 opening in 2021
What month does the program begin?July

Living and Working

Starting Annual Salary$60,000
To what extent is travel to meetings, etc. paid for?one major conference per year and local meetings/webinars
Is individual health insurance provided?Yes
Is family health insurance provided?Yes
Describe any fees or tuitionNone
Describe the residents' responsibilities for night, weekend, and holiday coverageResidents are responsible for weekend and holiday coverage (on average 1-2 times per month) as well as some planned after hours procedures.
How many annual vacation days are given?23
How many annual sick days are given?5
Briefly describe the communityWith a large number of veterinary clinicians available it's a good working environment. We support our residents in their professional development and are available to provide help and insight when needed but also allow our veterinary residents to be clinicians and have primary responsibility for cases.
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