Institution TypePrivate University
Is there a medical school?Yes
Is this a land-grant institution?No
Vivarium DirectorDr Michael J Huerkamp
Program DirectorDr Vanessa K Lee
Who to ContactDr Vanessa K Lee
AddressDivision of Animal Resources, 615 Michael Street, Suite G-02, WBRB, Atlanta, GA  30322
Phone(404) 727-3248
Fax(404) 727-3212

Vivarium Information

Vivarium NameEmory University Division of Animal Resources
Is the facility AAALAC accredited?Yes
Describe management structureMore than 5 administratively distinct vivaria
Describe the extent to which your facilities are centralizedAnimals housed in 5+ separate locations
Vivarium Square Feet150,000
Summarize the nature of the animal population and the predominant types of clinical activities

The species on census are typically the following:
Rats, mice, guinea pigs, rabbits, nonhuman primates, xenopus, zebrafish, pigs.

The clinical acitivities managed by the DAR span the usual array of routine clinical medicine to support of large animal surgical models. Time spent at the Yerkes Primate Center is clinically very intensive with experiences both at the main center and the field station.

Number of Veterinarians in program22
Number of ACLAM Diplomates in program11
Number of Boarded Pathologists2
Number of Other Boarded Veterinary Specialists0
Number of necropsies/week in the veterinary unit10
Number of surgical cases/week in the veterinary unit10

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?46
Of these, how many have subsequently become ACLAM Diplomates?31
In what year did the program accept its first trainee?1992
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)?
Give an overview of this program, describing its particular strengths and any unique aspects that are not addressed in any of the other sections

ACLAM-accredited training in laboratory animal medicine is provided to residents through experiences in the Division of Animal Resources (DAR) of the Emory School of Medicine for one year, and the Division of Animal Resources of the Yerkes National Primate Research Center for one year. This combined approach is a unique feature of this training program not found elsewhere, offering the trainee experiences both in a traditional laboratory animal setting on campus and in a specialized area at the Yerkes center

The veterinary services programs of these entities include animal health surveillance, veterinary medical care, veterinary pathology, husbandry and maintenance of laboratory animals, procurement of all animals used in teaching and research, quarantine and stabilization of procured animals, technical assistance with animal studies, and consultation/assistance to faculty and students in the use and study of laboratory animals. Veterinary service resources include surgery suites, necropsy suites, radiographic resources, diagnostic and research laboratories. The trainee gains exposure to all areas.

Didactic training comes in the form of graduate classes taken for credit, taught by DAR faculty and offered through the Emory Graduate School.

Research training is initiated during the first year of the program and continues until completion of the program.

Describe any unique research interests of your faculty 
Give a few literature citations of publications completed by trainees during their tenure in this program

Clemmons, E.A., M.I. Stovall, D.C. Owens, J.A. Scott, A.C. Jones-Wilkes, D.J. Kempf, and K.F. Ethun. 2016. Accuracy of human and veterinary point-of-care glucometers for use in rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta), sooty mangabeys (Cercocebus atys), and chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes). JAALAS. 55(3): 346-353.

Daggett, G.J. Jr, C. Zhao, F. Connor-Stroud, P. Oviedo-Moreno, H. Moon, M.W. Chow, T. Moench, D.J. Anderson, and F. Villinger. 2017. Comparison of the vaginal environment in rhesus and cynomolgus macaques pre- and post-lactobacillus colonization. J Med Primatol.

Gergye, C.H., Z. Yixuan, R.H. Moore, and V.K. Lee. 2020. A Comparison of Ketamine or Etomidate Combined with Xylazine for Intraperitoneal Anesthesia in Four Mouse Strains.  JAALAS.

Where will vacancies be advertised?No advertisement
What month does the program begin?July

Living and Working

Starting Annual SalaryBased on the NIH Post-doctoral pay scale for the current fiscal year with annual pay raise.
To what extent is travel to meetings, etc. paid for?1 meeting per year
Is individual health insurance provided?Yes
Is family health insurance provided?Yes
Describe any fees or tuitionTuition is waived
Describe the residents' responsibilities for night, weekend, and holiday coverageOn-call coverage during weekdays. In rotation for weekend coverage--approximately every 6 weeks.
How many annual vacation days are given?12
How many annual sick days are given?10
Briefly describe the communityAtlanta is the 9th largest metropolitan area in the United States offering the expected amenities of a large city. Within 2 hours is an array of outdoor activities in the Southern Appalachian Mountains, and the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts are within 4 and 6 hours drive time respectively. The climate is very mild with 4 distinct seasons.
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