Institution Type

Tri-Institutional – Public University, Private University, Industry

Is there a medical school?


Is this a land-grant institution?


Vivarium Director

Dr. Jeetendra Eswaraka

Program Director

Dr. Bhupinder Singh or Dr. Lauren Bright (Residency Co-Directors)

Who to Contact

Dr. Bhupinder Singh or Dr. Lauren Bright (Residency Co-Directors)


679 Hoes Lane, Room 014, Piscataway NJ 08854


732-235-4020 (BP), 848-445-7327 (LB)




Vivarium Information

Vivarium Name

Rutgers University, Bristol Myers Squibb (BMS), Princeton University

Is the facility AAALAC accredited?


Describe management structure

Each institution is managed separately; residents are Rutgers employees.

Describe the extent to which your facilities are centralized

Animals are managed in ~20 distinct vivaria between the 3 institutions. Rutgers has 2 primary locations (Newark and New Brunswick/Piscataway), BMS has 2 primary locations, and Princeton has one site, all have multiple vivaria.

Vivarium Square Feet

~450,000 sq feet between the 3 sites

Summarize the nature of the animal population and the predominant types of clinical activities

Rutgers: mice, rats, rabbits, pigs, birds, aquatics, guinea pigs, macaques, gerbils, hamsters, and farm species. Clinical work is rodent-heavy, but residents are involved in USDA work as well. Residents also work within the gnotobiotic core as well as the ABSL3 facilities.
Princeton: mice/rats, aquatics, macaques, anoles, guinea pigs, sugar gliders, crawfish, other tertiary species.
BMS: non-human primates, dogs, rabbits, rodents, zebrafish. Most cases are primate or canine cases.

Number of Veterinarians in program


Number of ACLAM Diplomates in program


Number of Boarded Pathologists


Number of Other Boarded Veterinary Specialists


Number of necropsies/week in the veterinary unit

Varies, typically 0-2.

Number of surgical cases/week in the veterinary unit

Varies, typically 0-4.

Training Program Details

Is this program recognized by ACLAM?


Does this program participate in the Veterinary Internship & Residency Matching Program (VIRMP)?


Number of concurrent residents

2 per year, 6 total

How many residents/trainees have completed this program?

0 (started in 2020)

Of these, how many have subsequently become ACLAM Diplomates?

N/A (started in 2020)

In what year did the program accept its first trainee?


How many years are required to complete this program (residency only)?

3, but allowance is made for candidates with PhDs to complete in 2 years

Is formal coursework offered?


Is a degree program associated with this residency?


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 Rutgers University, Bristol Myers Squibb (BMS) Company, and Princeton University Tri-Institutional Laboratory Animal Medicine (LAM) residency training program is a unique academia and pharmaceutical industry partnership. This Tri-Institutional partnership is the main strength of this program providing access to 3 major biomedical research institutions to provide residents with greater perspective on biomedical research, compliance, and animal models.

Key duties are as follows:

• Works closely with veterinary staff and animal care staff to ensure that appropriate housing and veterinary care is provided for animals, and works with faculty and researchers (who use animals) to ensure humane treatment of animals in accordance with applicable laws, regulations and guidelines.

• In support of research and teaching, this position provides instructional and hands-on training, assist in novel technique animal model development, and performs clinical and technical services such as providing clinical care to all animals, experimental surgery, and surgical and anesthesia support.

This position is a 3-year term position with one year of research requirement. This research requirement may be waived for applicants with a PhD. The program is designed so that residents spend their first year on clinical rotations in Rutgers’ facilities. First year residents rotate through all areas of the animal care and use program on both campuses and develop familiarity with laws, regulations, and IACUC functions including protocol review and practice techniques and procedures with all species used and housed at the University. Primary rotations include: clinical medicine and preventive medicine/health surveillance and compliance. Additional rotations may include: experimental surgery, gnotobiotic facility, aquatics, farm animals, imaging, ABSL3 containment, In-vivo research services (IVRS), genome editing shared resource (GERS). During the first year, residents actively participate in the didactic components of the residency program, including LAM seminar series, journal club, pathology, and slide rounds. Also during the first year, residents are encouraged to begin an internal research project under the supervision of veterinarians on staff. The second year of training is dedicated to performing mentored research, with the goal of primary authorship on a hypothesis-driven, peer reviewed, scientific publication as part of the requirements for ACLAM boards eligibility. During the second year, residents also have option to do research studies within Animal Care in areas such as animal welfare, enrichment, anesthesia and analgesia etc. Second year, the residents continue to participate in didactic components. The IACUC protocol review is done by residents under direct mentor’s oversight during the first year and then done independently (with or without mentor’s oversight) during rest of the program. The third and final year includes assigned rotations in external sites at Bristol Myers Squibb (BMS) and Princeton University and niche areas at Rutgers University. All residents participate in regulatory inspections as they occur (AAALAC, USDA, OLAW, etc). During the three years, residents participate in on-call duty on a rotational basis with other veterinary staff members.

Strengths: a strong emphasis placed on management and leadership training, direct mentorship and time with program directors, flexibility to shape the residency program to your needs, experience with ABSL3 containment and gnotobiotic facilities, and experience in academia and the pharmaceutical industry.

Describe any unique research interests of your faculty

There is a wide variety of research and our institutions are all currently expanding. Research areas of focus at Rutgers: cardiovascular, oncology, neuroscience, microbiology, infection/immunity, emerging pathogens, toxicology, genetics, etc. The unique aspect of this program is the exposure to public academia, private academia, and industry.

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

N/A (started in 2020)

Where will vacancies be advertised?

VIRMP, Rutgers Jobs, Indeed

What month does the program begin?


Living and Working

Starting Annual Salary


To what extent is travel to meetings, etc. paid for?

All years can attend meetings if they have a presentation. Third year residents are allowed to attend one national conference even without a presentation.

Is individual health insurance provided?

Yes – all Rutgers employee benefits are granted:

Is family health insurance provided?


Describe any fees or tuition


Describe the residents' responsibilities for night, weekend, and holiday coverage

Residents rotate with veterinary staff to cover on call holidays and weekends.

How many annual vacation days are given?

15 vacation days, plus 5 personal days, plus all University holidays (unless you are scheduled as on-call for that day)

How many annual sick days are given?


Briefly describe the community

Very collaborative, friendly and supportive coworkers. Residents have direct interactions with faculty/staff and can act autonomously when they are ready to do so. Residents are treated as colleagues.

As our facilities are dispersed in central New Jersey, where a resident may choose to live can vary. In general, central New Jersey is close to NYC, a quick drive to the Jersey Shore, and not too far from Philadelphia either. There is always something to do here!

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