Institution TypePrivate University
Is there a medical school?Yes
Is this a land-grant institution?No
Vivarium DirectorDrs. Jennifer Pullium/Mark Klinger/Ellen Levee
Program DirectorDr. Skye Rasmussen
Who to ContactDr. Skye Rasmussen
Address435 East 30th Street, 304, New York, NY 10016
Phone(646) 501-4620
Fax(646) 501-8934

Vivarium Information

Vivarium NameMultiple vivaria located over three separate and distinct institutions
Is the facility AAALAC accredited?Yes. All facilities are AAALAC accredited.
Describe management structureThe NYU-Regeneron training program consists of 3 institutions, NYU Langone Health (NYULH) (an academic medical center), NYU Washington Square (NYUWS) (an academic research facility specializing in neuroscience and behavior) and Regeneron (a large biopharmaceutical company). Each of the participating institutions within the NYU-Regeneron Training Program function independently and therefore have management structures distinctly unique from one another. In this residency program veterinary postdoctoral students will have the opportunity to both experience and appreciate organizational, managerial and operational differences between the three institutions and will gain first-hand insight into the operational/ managerial differences between academia and industry.
Describe the extent to which your facilities are centralizedIn total the program will provide access to 11 + centralized vivaria.
Vivarium Square Feet166,000+
Summarize the nature of the animal population and the predominant types of clinical activities

NYULH and NYUWS facilities combined support multiple rodent species including mice, rats, singing mice, zebra finches, and gerbils, large animal species such as pigs, non-human primates and rabbits and a variety of aquatic species.

NYULH consists of 4 central and 27 satellite facilities comprising 47,554 + sq. ft. Notable features include three rodent barrier facilities, a large animal housing, surgical suite and necropsy area, ABLS- 2 and ABSL-3 housing, as well as satellite facilities supporting zebrafish and Xenopus species.

NYUWS consists of 2 central and 5 satellite facilities comprising 10,933 sq. ft. Notable features include 2 rodent barriers, 3 non-human primate housing facilities for adult, juvenile and infant animals, a large animal surgical suite, diagnostic imaging equipment and 3 aquatic suites for housing Blind Cave fish, zebrafish and Aplysia californica. NYU also provides veterinary oversight for the multi-species fish facility located at NYU-Brooklyn Polytechnical Institute.

NYULH and NYUWS also have access to ancillary supporting core facilities such as the Preclinical Imaging Core which contains state-of-the art rodent and small animal imaging technologies small, a transgenic production facility, a rodent behavioral core, and a large animal MRI facility.

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc is located in Tarrytown, NY and can be reached using the NYC Metro North train lines. Transportation costs to Regeneron are included within trainee’s stipend. Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. research animal facilities consist of five main facilities. The B5-3 Research Animal Facility (RAF) is the largest, 23,288 sq. ft. The B4-1 Mouse Production Facility (MPF) is 6,191 sq ft. The B4-2 Research Animal Facility (RAF) is 8,604 sq. ft. The Building 9 research animal vivarium is a new, self-contained state of the art facility with a net area of 56,000 square foot. This facility exclusively houses laboratory mice and includes rooms with exclusion barrier and conventional conditions, a quarantine room, procedure rooms, imaging suites, necropsy rooms, a large fully automated, efficient cage wash area with two tunnel washers, a rack washer, bedding dispensers and disposals, two large walk-in autoclave units, dedicated storage locations for food, bedding, and equipment and other research support areas. This facility provides space for the housing of over 100,000 mice either in individually ventilated caging systems or in shoeboxes in semi-rigid isolators. All of the facilities are under the management and oversight of Vivarium Operations. Supporting core facilities include small animal imaging, a transgenic production facility, isolator housing units and comprehensive surgical facilities.

Number of Veterinarians in program13
Number of ACLAM Diplomates in program9
Number of Boarded Pathologists3
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 residents3
How many residents/trainees have completed this program?1
Of these, how many have subsequently become ACLAM Diplomates?0
In what year did the program accept its first trainee?2014
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)?N/A
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

New York University Washington Square (NYUWS), NYU Langone Health (NYULH) and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. are proud to support an American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM) recognized three year post-doctoral training program in Laboratory Animal Medicine. The combined NYU-Regeneron training program is led by nine ACLAM boarded veterinarians and three ACVP boarded veterinary pathologists While rotating between the three supporting institutions veterinary postdocs will be exposed to a diversity of species, including primary, secondary, and tertiary species as defined in the ACLAM Role Delineation Document. Veterinary postdocs will also get to experience and appreciate organizational, managerial and operational differences between the three institutions. The combination of experiences ensures that postdocs are provided with a dynamic training experience that will help prepare them for the many career paths available in laboratory animal medicine.

To successfully meet all training objectives the NYU-Regeneron training program is divided into four fundamental components. Scheduled didactic training, the first component, which occurs weekly throughout the 3-year training program. Didactic training sessions are designed to provide trainees with the knowledge base needed to obtain Diplomate status in the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine.

Laboratory animal clinical training is the second training component and occurs throughout the training program on a rotation basis. Laboratory animal clinical training encompasses anesthesia, surgery, pre and post-operative care, necropsy, pathology, preventative medicine, husbandry, enrichment and behavior focusing on commonly used laboratory animal species.

Regulatory training is the third component of the training program. Postdoctoral fellows are expected to participate in at least one monthly IACUC meeting and will be assigned to participate either as an alternate member or in an observational role throughout the duration of the 3-year program. Postdocs will be expected to routinely review IACUC protocols and to discuss reviews with assigned veterinary IACUC mentors. Postdocs may also be asked to participate in semiannual inspections, regulatory and compliance meetings.

The fourth and final component of the NYU-Regeneron training program is the research rotation. During the research rotation postdoctoral fellows are allocated a period of 12 months to design and successfully execute a research project. An ACLAM-certified member of the program faculty will serve as the primary research mentor, or alternatively research mentorship will be assigned to a suitable faculty member willing and qualified to oversee the research project.

Describe any unique research interests of your facultyI

NYULH (an academic medical center) and NYUWS research, teaching, and testing programs include but are not limited to: neuroscience and behavior, microbiology, immunology, cancer, cardiology, surgery, diagnostic imaging, and endocrinology. The NYU School of Medicine, a division of NYULH, ranked No. 3 in the nation in U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 ‘Best Graduate Schools’ rankings for research.

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a leading science-based, fully integrated biopharmaceutical company that discovers, develops, manufactures, and commercializes medicines for the treatment of serious medical conditions. Regeneron markets medicines for eye diseases, colorectal cancer, and a rare inflammatory condition and has product candidates in development in other areas of high unmet medical need, including hypercholesterolemia, rheumatoid arthritis, and asthma.

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

Henry JA, Roble G, Steinbach J Proceed, but cautiously. J.Lab Anim (NY). 2014 Nov;43(11):392-3. doi: 10.1038/laban.645.

Steinbach J R, MacGuire J, Chang S, Dierks E and G Roble. 2018. Assessment of pre-oeprative maropitant citrate use in macaque (Macaca fasicularis & Macaca mulatta) neurosurgical procedures. 47(3):178-184.
Where will vacancies be advertised?ASLAP, VIRMP, ACLAM
What month does the program begin?July/August

Living and Working

Starting Annual Salary$50,000
To what extent is travel to meetings, etc. paid for?one meeting per year
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 coverageResident will be responsible for night and weekend on-call for NYU and NYULMC. On call is assigned on a rotation basis.
How many annual vacation days are given?10
How many annual sick days are given?3
Briefly describe the communitySubsidized housing within NYC may be available for post-doctoral candidates through NYULH. Trainees will be provided travel subsidy for travel between New York City and Regeneron. Free NYU public transportation is available between NYULH and NYUWS locations.
Institutional, facility, or training program web site