Institution TypePublic University
Is there a medical school?Yes
Is this a land-grant institution?Yes
Vivarium DirectorValerie K Bergdall  
Program DirectorDr. Stacey Meeker
Who to Contactv
Address400 W 12th Ave., Rm 111, Columbus, OH  43210
Phone(614) 292-0148
Fax(614) 292-9282

Vivarium Information

Vivarium NameUniversity Laboratory Animal Resources
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 Feet210,000
Summarize the nature of the animal population and the predominant types of clinical activitiesApproximately 200,000 animals used yearly consisting of mice (many GEMS), rats, rabbits, pigs, dogs, cats, farm animals, primates and exotics. The predominant research areas are cancer, cardiovascular disease, immunology genetics, virology, and neuropsychology; however virtually all research areas are represented on this campus. The ULAR administers the animal care/housing, centralized surgery suite, and rodent diagnostic laboratory. Pathology services including didactic training are supported through the Mouse Phenotyping Core.
Number of Veterinarians in program8
Number of ACLAM Diplomates in program6
Number of Boarded Pathologists0
Number of Other Boarded Veterinary Specialists2
Number of necropsies/week in the veterinary unit20
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?14
Of these, how many have subsequently become ACLAM Diplomates?10
In what year did the program accept its first trainee?2005
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?Yes
If yes, what degree(s)?MS
Which departments most commonly grant degree(s)?Veterinary Preventive Medicine
Give an overview of this program, describing its particular strengths and any unique aspects that are not addressed in any of the other sectionsThe research programs are equally diverse and cover such areas as cardiovascular disease, cancer, immunology genetics, virology, and neuropsychology. The program includes a 32 week Clinical Seminar series and 12 week Management Series. Additional opportunities are available to participate in the veterinary pathology lab animal courses, Preventative Medicine seminar series, the CL Davis Course and the AALAS National Conference.Trainees will be exposed to a very diverse range of species and research areas. Their chosen research topic can be in any department/laboratory on campus allowing for a full range of options. This is a clinically oriented training program, however there is an option for a more research intense program which extends the training duration to 36 months.
Describe any unique research interests of your facultyThe Faculty here at OSU are interested and work in a variety of research areas to include: Atherosclerosis, Cancer Biology, Animal Behavior, Infectious Disease, Immunology, Lung Physiology, Genetic Phenotyping, Viral Pathogenesis, Implant Biology, Musculoskeletal and Orthopedic Surgery and Wound Healing.
Give a few literature citations of publications completed by trainees during their tenure in this programKatie Emmer, DVM, Pending; Mammary Tumor and Mastectomy Synergistically Promote Neuroinflammation in a Breast Cancer Survivor Model. Katherine Brannick, DVM, Biol Reprod. 2012;87(4):82.10.1095/biolreprod.112.100636, Prenatal exposure to low doses of bisphenol A increases pituitary proliferation and gonadotroph number in female mice offspring at birth. Dana Lemone, DVM: J Am Assoc Lab Anim Sci. 2015; 54(3):311-6. Performance analysis of exam gloves used for aseptic rodent surgery. Tara Martin DVM:Vaccine. 2017 Apr 25;35(18):2511-2519.doi:10.1016/j.vaccine.2017.02.064. Epub 2017 Mar 24. Sublingual targeting of STING with 3'3'-cGAMP promotes systemic and mucosal immunity against anthrax toxins. Matthew Hogan BVetMed, MRCVS:Behav Brain Res. 2015 Nov 1;294:81-8. doi: 10.1016/j.bbr.2015.07.033. Epub 2015 Jul 30. Combined effects of exposure to dim light at night and fine particulate matter on C3H/HeNHsd mice. Christian Hofer, DVM: Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol 308: L628–L638, 2015. Infection of mice with influenza A/WSN/33 (H1N1) virus alters alveolar type II cell Phenotype. Michelle Creamer, DVM:J Am Assoc Lab Anim Sci. 2014 Mar; 53 (2):174-9.Implications of natural occlusion of ventilated racks on ammonia and sanitation practices. Adrienne Dardenne, DVM: J Am Assoc Lab Anim Sci. 2014 Mar;53 (2):174-9.Implications of natural occlusion of ventilated racks on ammonia and sanitation practices Wound Rep Reg (2013) March-April, 21(2) pages 282-291 The alarmin HMGB-1 influences healing outcomes in fetal skin wounds. Dan Domer, DVM: J Am Assoc Lab Anim Sci. 2012 March; 51(2); pages 162-9, Processing and Treatment of Corncob Bedding Affects Cage-Change Frequency for C57BL/6 Mice. Laura Garzel, DVM, DACLAM: Lab Animal 2010 Sep; 39(9); pages 283-9, Use of Quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction Analysis to Compare Quantity and Stability of Isolated Murine DNA. Anusak Kijtawornrat, DVM: Comparative Medicine 2008 Oct; 58(5); pages 490–3, A Canine Model of Sustained Atrial Fibrillation Induced by Rapid Atrial Pacing and Phenylephrine. Laura Gallaugher, DVM, DACLAM: Comparative Medicine 2009 Dec; 59(6); pages 567-72, Ribonucleotide Reductase Inhibitors Reduce Atherosclerosis in a Double-Injury Rabbit Model. Daise Da Cunha, DVM: Intern J Appl Res Vet Med. 2008; 6(3); Electrocardiographic, Hematologic, Histopathologic, and Recovery Characteristics From Repeated Morphine-Chloralose Anesthesia in Dogs. Erin Yu. DVM DACLAM: Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol 297: L785–L793, 2009 Effect of Ventilation Pressure on Alveolar Fluid Clearance and ß-Agonist Responses in Mice. Carrie Freed, MLAS, DVM, DACLAM: J Am Assoc Lab Anim Sci. 2008 Sept; 47(5): pages 18–22 Operant Task Performance and Corticosterone Concentrations in Rats Housed Directly on Bedding and on Wire.
Where will vacancies be advertised?ACLAM website, ASLAP newsletter & website
What month does the program begin?July

Living and Working

Starting Annual Salary$47,484
To what extent is travel to meetings, etc. paid for?Completely covered for 1-2 meetings per year.
Is individual health insurance provided?Yes
Is family health insurance provided?Yes
Describe any fees or tuitionTrainees are considered employees of the university. Trainees enrolled in the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) MS program will receive employee fee waivers to cover the cost of tuition according to the state of Ohio requirements. Trainees enrolled in the CVM MS program are responsible for taxable benefit as described upon acceptance to the program. All fees are minimized as much as possible and are clearly explained on an individual basis.
Describe the residents' responsibilities for night, weekend, and holiday coverageRotating schedule among all vets.
How many annual vacation days are given?0
How many annual sick days are given?0
Briefly describe the communityThe Columbus metropolitan area is about 1.5 million people. It has a strong economy, affordable housing options, and diverse cultural activites.
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