Institution TypePrivate University
Is there a medical school?Yes
Is this a land-grant institution?No
Vivarium DirectorStephen Felt- Attending Veterinarian  
Program DirectorMegan Albertelli
Who to ContactMegan Albertelli
AddressComparative Medicine, 287 Campus Drive, Stanford, CA  94305-5410
Phone(650) 723-3603
Fax(650) 725-0940

Vivarium Information

Vivarium NameVeterinarian Service Center
Is the facility AAALAC accredited?Yes
Describe management structureOne central vivarium only
Describe the extent to which your facilities are centralizedAnimals housed in 5+ separate locations
Vivarium Square Feet140,000
Summarize the nature of the animal population and the predominant types of clinical activities

The University has extremely diverse research areas involving animals, encompassing studies in the Schools of Medicine; Engineering; and Sciences. The University also has a Transgenic, Behavioral, Imaging, Cancer, and Stem Cell Cores. The Administrative Panel on Laboratory Animal Care (A-PLAC) oversees the administration of over 1,000 animal use protocols held by over 500 Protocol Directors.

The Department’s Veterinary Service Center (VSC) provides veterinary care to all animals used on campus. All five classes of vertebrates are represented in our daily census of over 250,000 animals. Our dedicated veterinary expertise includes specialists in: laboratory animal medicine, pathology, internal medicine, anesthesiology, behavior and preventive medicine.

Number of Veterinarians in program11
Number of ACLAM Diplomates in program11
Number of Boarded Pathologists2
Number of Other Boarded Veterinary Specialists2
Number of necropsies/week in the veterinary unit25
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 residents6
How many residents/trainees have completed this program?15
Of these, how many have subsequently become ACLAM Diplomates?1
In what year did the program accept its first trainee?2004
How many years are required to complete this program (residency only)?3
Is formal coursework offered?No
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 sectionsThis 3-year program emphasizes the clinical, pathological, regulatory, and administrative aspects of laboratory animal medicine. Residents participate in clinical rotations (including rodent medicine, large animal medicine, anesthesia and surgical protocol support, pathology, and aquatic/avian medicine), didactic training (including seminars, journal club, blue book review, and pathology rounds), and research (3-6 months of primary research leading to a first author publication in a peer-reviewed journal).
Describe any unique research interests of your facultyThe research program within the Department of Comparative Medicine is oriented towards the study of the organization and circuitry of the normal and impaired mammalian nervous system, animal models of neurological diseases, immunology, anesthesia, analgesia, behavior and infectious disease.

Additional information on individual faculty research interest can be found at
Give a few literature citations of publications completed by trainees during their tenure in this program

Theil JH, Ahloy-Dallaire J, Weber EM, Gaskill BN, Pritchett-Corning KR, Felt SA, Garner JP. The epidemiology of fighting in group-housed laboratory mice. Sci Rep. 2020 Oct 6;10(1):16649.

Katz EM, Chu DK, Casey KM, Jampachaisri K, Felt SA, Pacharinsak C. The Stability and Efficacy of Tricaine Methanesulfonate (MS222) Solution After Long-Term Storage. J Am Assoc Lab Anim Sci. 2020 Jun 12;59(4):393–400.

Zude BP, Jampachaisri K, Pacharinsak C. Use of Flavored Tablets of Gabapentin and Carprofen to Attenuate Postoperative Hypersensitivity in an Incisional Pain Model in Rats (Rattus norvegicus). J Am Assoc Lab Anim Sci. 2020 Mar 1;59(2):163-169.

Huss MK, Chum HH, Chang AG, Jampachairsi K, Pacharinsak C. The Physiologic Effects of Isoflurane, Sevoflurane, and Hypothermia Used for Anesthesia in Neonatal Rats (Rattus norvegicus). J Am Assoc Lab Anim Sci. 2016 Jan;55(1):83-8. PubMed [citation] PMID: 26817984, PMCID: PMC4747015

Adams SC, Garner JP, Felt SA, Geronimo JT, Chu DK. A "Pedi" Cures All: Toenail Trimming and the Treatment of Ulcerative Dermatitis in Mice. PLoS One. 2016;11(1):e0144871. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0144871. PubMed [citation] PMID: 26735497, PMCID: PMC4703297

Nagamine CM, Shen Z, Luong RH, McKeon GP, Ruby NF, Fox JG. Coinfection of the Siberian hamster, Phodopus sungorus, with a novel Helicobacter sp. and Campylobacter sp. J Med Microbiol. 2015 Mar 9. pii: jmm.0.000051. doi: 10.1099/jmm.0.000051. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 25752854.

Huss MK, Ikeno F, Buckmaster CL, Albertelli MA. Echocardiographic and electrocardiographic characteristics of male and female squirrel monkeys (Saimiri spp.). J Am Assoc Lab Anim Sci. 2015 Jan;54(1):25-8. PubMed PMID: 25651087; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4311738.

Howard A, Papich M, Long T, McKeon G, Bond S, Torreilles S, Luong R, Green S, Felt S, “The Pharmacokinetics of Enrofloxacin in Adult African Clawed Frogs (Xenopus laevis)” JAALAS 49 (6): 800-804 (5) , NOV 2010.

Long CT, Page RB, Howard A, McKeon G, Felt S, “Comparison of Gastrografin to Barium Sulfate as a Gastrointestinal Contrast Agent in Red-Eared Slider Turtles (Trachemys scripta elegans)” Vet Radiol & Ultrasound 51 (1): 42-47(6) , JAN/FEB 2010.

Torreilles SL, Luong RH, Felt SA, McClure DE, “Tacrolimus Ointment: An Effective Topical Treatment of Localized Atopic Dermatitis in a Rhesus Macaque (Macaca mulatta)" JAALAS 48 (3): 307-311(5), MAY 2009.

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

Living and Working

Starting Annual Salary$71,000
To what extent is travel to meetings, etc. paid for?National and local meetings funded when presenting posters/lectures
Is individual health insurance provided?Yes
Is family health insurance provided?Yes
Describe any fees or tuition
Describe the residents' responsibilities for night, weekend, and holiday coverageRotating emergency veterinary schedule in which all residents, staff and faculty veterinarians participate.
How many annual vacation days are given?15 days
How many annual sick days are given?10 days
Briefly describe the communityStanford is a thriving residential campus and community adjacent to the vibrant city of Palo Alto, CA. It sits on 8,000 picturesque acres of foothills and plains – once a horse farm belonging to Jane and Leland Stanford and still fondly known as "the Farm".
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