Institution TypePublic/Private University
Is there a medical school?No
Is this a land-grant institution?Yes
Vivarium DirectorDr. Philippe Baneux
Program DirectorDr. Glenn Jackson
Who to ContactDr. Glenn Jackson
AddressCARE Annex, CVM, VRT T1-101 , Cornell University, Ithaca, NY  14853
Phone(607) 253-3058
Fax(607) 253-3527

Vivarium Information

Vivarium NameCornell Center for Animal Resources and Education (CARE)
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 Feet600,000
Summarize the nature of the animal population and the predominant types of clinical activities

Species include: Amphibians, Birds, Cats, Chickens, Chinchillas, Cows, Dogs, Ducks, Ferrets, Fish, Hamsters, Horses, Mice, Rabbits, Rats, Sheep, Swine, Voles, other rodent species.

Residents are responsible for clinical care, preventive medicine, and sentinel screening of all species and are mentored by ACLAM diplomates. Additional responsibilities include facility rounds, protocol review, pathology review, and all other aspects of laboratory animal medicine. Additional clinical training with primates occurs at a Primate Research Center (e.g., Yerkes or Wisconsin National Primate Research Center), pharmaceutical company (e.g., Pfizer, Novartis or GlaxoSmithKline ), and/or university (e.g., Yale, Johns Hopkins, or Tri-Institutional-NYC) with NHP colonies and research activities. Other laboratory animal species may be included at these institutions as well.

Number of Veterinarians in program7
Number of ACLAM Diplomates in program7
Number of Boarded Pathologists0
Number of Other Boarded Veterinary Specialists0
Number of necropsies/week in the veterinary unit3
Number of surgical cases/week in the veterinary unit1

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?13
Of these, how many have subsequently become ACLAM Diplomates?8
In what year did the program accept its first trainee?2006
How many years are required to complete this program (residency only)?2.5-3
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

The Cornell Center for Animal Resources and Education (CARE) in Ithaca, NY is sponsoring an ACLAM-accredited laboratory animal medicine residency, beginning July 1. The objective of this 2.5-to-3 year residency program is to train graduate veterinarians for a career in laboratory animal medicine in a biomedical and agricultural research setting. The program provides residents with the knowledge and experiences necessary to achieve certification by the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM), as outlined in the ACLAM Role Delineation Document.

Through a strong emphasis on clinical laboratory animal medicine, residents gain invaluable experience working side-by-side with ACLAM board-certified veterinarians in various on-campus and satellite facilities. Residents receive hands-on training to advance the humane care and responsible use of a myriad species of laboratory animals, including but not limited to mice, rats, nontraditional rodents, rabbits, cats, dogs, swine, cattle, sheep, horses, poultry, and various aquatic/amphibian and avian species. The CARE residency program is unique in the breadth of species that it oversees and in its exposure to production animals via collaboration with the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS); this is a training niche that is offered in few programs but addresses a growing demand for lab animal medicine veterinarians experienced in the care and management of agricultural species. The successful candidate’s skill-set will also be developed in the diagnosis and treatment of common and unusual conditions encountered in laboratory animal species, communication with investigators and provision of veterinary support to researchers, knowledge of animal husbandry programs in biomedical and agricultural settings, veterinary roles and responsibilities within an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) with IACUC membership as an alternate to the Attending Veterinarian, and the implementation of traditional and recently-developed animal models. Cornell has both large animal and small animal ABSL2 facilities, and a small animal BSL3 facility. An active aquatic core houses zebrafish and a variety of other fish species.

Research opportunities abound during the residency program and CARE’s relationship with the various laboratories within the Cornell research community ensure that the successful candidate can explore a wide range of research interests in pursuit of their first-author publication in a peer-reviewed journal. With special permission from the Director of Graduate Studies of Comparative Biomedical Sciences, opportunity also exists for participation in a concurrent master’s degree program on a case-by-case basis following laboratory rotations. This program allows for further development of the laboratory animal resident’s skill-set in areas such as grant proposal writing. For those interested in obtaining a PhD degree, preliminary rotations and coursework can be done while in the LAM residency, with full-time enrollment beginning after the completion of the residency training. Additional collaborative research projects also frequently become available and residents are encouraged to explore their research interests and to participate in multiple projects under supervision.

Other invaluable educational opportunities are readily available to the laboratory animal medicine resident. Throughout the fall and spring semesters of each year, residents will attend didactic lectures (VETBMS -7030, Biology and Medicine of Laboratory Animals, and VETBMS – 7020, Practice of Laboratory Animal Medicine) presented through the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Department of Biomedical Sciences. A weekly journal club and regular pathology/slide rounds balances out the residency curriculum. A required rotation through the CVM’s Section of Anatomic Pathology allows residents to spend time working alongside ACVP diplomates in the well-equipped Animal Health Diagnostic Center within the NY State Diagnostic Laboratory. As clinical cases warrant, CARE residents have the opportunity to work alongside specialists from various disciplines within the renowned Cornell University Hospital for Animals (CUHA). Through the state-of-the-art CUHA, residents have access to the various diagnostic tools, imaging modalities, and treatment options that are currently the gold standard for veterinary medicine. As part of our residency program, trainees will have the opportunity to rotate up to 2 weeks with a world-class leader in medical device development and manufacturing. This rotation will provide exposure to development and testing of medical devices including vascular grafts, endovascular and interventional devices, surgical meshes, sutures, and similar devices. By mutual agreement, the trainee may later spend an additional 2-3 months to further develop skills in this area of expertise. This is a unique opportunity to explore a fascinating area of laboratory animal medicine. The residency also allows trainees to obtain relevant experience with non-human primates (NHP) at either/or academic and pharmaceutical institutions. Additional rotations within the CVM, as well as at outside institutions, are available depending on the resident’s area(s) of interest.

Describe any unique research interests of your faculty

The Transgenic Mouse Core Facility (TMCF) gives trainees an opportunity to experience firsthand the production of genetically manipulated rodents and special issues associated with their breeding and care. The faculty of CARE has an active research program focusing on applied research in laboratory animal and comparative medicine, particularly focusing on research that enhances the welfare of animals under our care.

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

"Sedation or Inhalant Anesthesia before Euthanasia with CO2 Does Not Reduce Behavioral or Physiologic Signs of Pain and Stress in Mice" Valentine, Helen; O Williams, Wendy; J Maurer, Kirk; JAALAS, Vol 51(1), Jan. 2012 , pp. 50-57(8)

"The DNA damage checkpoint protein ATM promotes hepatocellular apoptosis and fibrosis in a mouse model of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease" E. Daugherity et al, Cell Cycle 11:10, 1918-1928, May 15, 2012

"Misregulation of the broad-range phospholipase C activity increases the susceptibility of Listeria monocytogenes to intracellular killing by neutrophils". Blank BS, et al; Microbes Infect. 2014 Feb;16(2):104-13.

“Analgesic Efficacy of Firocoxib, a Selective Inhibitor of Cyclooxygenase 2, in a Mouse Model of Incisional Pain”; B. Reddyjarugu, et al; JAALAS 54:4 July 2015

"Comparing Phlebotomy by Tail Tip Amputation, Facial Vein Puncture, and Tail Vein Incision in C57BL/6 Mice by Using Physiologic and Behavioral Metrics of Pain and Distress "; E. Moore, et al; JAALAS 56(3) May 2017, p. 307-317

"Evaluation of the Biochemical, Histopathological, Physiological, and Behavioral Effects of Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs in Rainbow Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss)"; A. Rizzo, et al; CompMed 67(2)106-111; April 2017

“Effects of Cisapride, Buprenorphine, and Their Combination on Gastrointestinal Transit in New Zealand White Rabbits”; E. Feldman, et al; JAALAS 60(2)221-228; Mar 2021

Where will vacancies be advertised?VIRMP
What month does the program begin?July

Living and Working

Starting Annual Salary$53,760+ depending on experience
To what extent is travel to meetings, etc. paid for?The program pays all costs for residents to attend at least one national conference per year (e.g. AALAS, Charles River Short Course, Health and Colony Management of Laboratory Fish, Pathology of Laboratory Animals [POLA]).
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 coverageAfter the residents are familiar with the institution, they will share emergency, weekend, and holiday coverage ("on call") approximately once every 4 weeks. Trained veterinary technicians work weekends and are the initial point of contact for clinical calls.
How many annual vacation days are given?10
How many annual sick days are given?12
Briefly describe the communityThe city of Ithaca, population 30,000, is located on the shores of beautiful Cayuga Lake in the renowned Finger Lakes region of central New York with access to many natural attractions, wineries, breweries, farmer’s markets, museums, and festivals. Home to 21,000 students, Cornell University consistently ranks among the highest scored universities in the world in World University Rankings. Cornell’s College of Veterinary Medicine, founded in 1894 with the first formal curriculum in veterinary medicine, is always among the top ranked veterinary medical colleges in the nation. With its significant research endowment, Cornell ranks highly in research budgets among US institutions. In addition to the Center for Animal Resources and Education, the College of Veterinary Medicine is home to the Cornell University Hospital for Animals, the Animal Health Diagnostic Center and NY State Diagnostic Laboratory, the Baker Institute for Animal Health, the Equine Performance Clinic, and the Feline Health Center.
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