Institution TypePublic University
Is there a medical school?No
Is this a land-grant institution?No
Vivarium DirectorDr. Roger Van Andel
Program DirectorDr. Roger Van Andel
Who to ContactDr. Roger Van Andel
AddressOffice of Laboratory Animal Care, Room 203 Northwest Animal Facility,

Vivarium Information

Vivarium NameOffice of Laboratory Animal Care
Is the facility AAALAC accredited?Yes
Describe management structureOne central vivarium only
Describe the extent to which your facilities are centralizedAnimals housed in 2-5 separate locations
Vivarium Square Feet72,000
Summarize the nature of the animal population and the predominant types of clinical activitiesLarge academic biomedical campus, with all conventional laboratory animal species, with emphasis on rodents, primates, zebrafish.

This program provides an emphasis on comparative and preventive medicine in the wide variety of animals used in teaching and research. In addition to conventional lab animals including mice, rats and rabbits, OLAC maintains a unique population of laboratory animals including wild rodents, hyenas, and many species of ectotherms.

Opportunities for clinical rotations at neighboring institutions
Number of Veterinarians in program2
Number of ACLAM Diplomates in program2
Number of Boarded Pathologists0
Number of Other Boarded Veterinary Specialists0
Number of necropsies/week in the veterinary unit1
Number of surgical cases/week in the veterinary unit0

Training Program Details

Is this program recognized by ACLAM?Yes
Does this program participate in the Veterinary Internship & Residency Matching Program (VIRMP)?No
Number of concurrent residents1
How many residents/trainees have completed this program?3
Of these, how many have subsequently become ACLAM Diplomates?1
In what year did the program accept its first trainee?1996
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 sectionsThe program is designed to develop proficiency in clinical laboratory animal medicine and basic biomedical research. This non-degree program provides an emphasis on comparative and preventive medicine in the wide variety of animals used in teaching and research. The core program can be completed in 2 years by individuals with 1-2 years previous and relevant experience (laboratory animal medicine or research). A third year is usually required for individuals with no previous related experience.
Describe any unique research interests of your faculty
Give a few literature citations of publications completed by trainees during their tenure in this programJensen K, Nahn NE, Palme R, Saxton K, Francis DD, 2007. Vacuum-cleaner noise and acute stress responses in female C57BL/6 mice (Mus musculus). J Am Assoc Lab Anim Sci. 49(3):300-306

Morgan JA, Vredenburg VT, Rachowicz LJ, Knapp RA, Stice MJ, Tunstall T, Bingham RE, Parker JM, Longcore JE, Moritz C, Briggs CJ, Taylor JW, 2007. From the Cover: Population genetics of the frog-killing fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. Aug 21;104(34):13845-50.

Davidson C, Benard MF, Shaffer HB, Parker JM, O'Leary C, Conlon JM, Rollins-Smith LA, 2007. Effects of chytrid and carbaryl exposure on survival, growth and skin peptide defenses in foothill yellow-legged frogs. Environ Sci Technol. Mar 1;41(5):1771-6.

Hahn NE, Parker J, Timmel G, Weldele M, 2007. Hyenidae. In: Zoo Animal and Wildlife Anesthesia and Immobilization, West G, Heard H, eds. Blackwell Publishing.

Green SL, Parker J, Davis C, Bouley DM, 2007. Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome in gonadotropin-treated laboratory South African clawed frogs (Xenopus laevis). J Am Assoc Lab Anim Sci. May;46(3):64-7.

Hayes TB, Case P, Chui S, Chung D, Haeffele C, Haston K, Lee M, Mai VP, Marjuoa Y, Parker J, Tsui M, 2006. Pesticide mixtures, endocrine disruption, and amphibian declines: are we underestimating the impact? Environ Health Perspect. Apr;114 Suppl 1:40-50.

Rachowicz LJ, Knapp RA, Morgan JA, Stice MJ, Vredenburg VT, Parker JM, Briggs CJ, 2006. Emerging infectious disease as a proximate cause of amphibian mass mortality. Ecology, Jul;87(7):1671-83.

Mve-Obiang A, Lee RE, Umstot ES, Trott KA, Grammer TC, Parker JM, Ranger BS, Grainger R, Mahrous EA, Small PL, 2005. A newly discovered mycobacterial pathogen isolated from laboratory colonies of Xenopus species with lethal infections produces a novel form of mycolactone, the Mycobacterium ulcerans macrolide toxin. Infect Immun, Jun;73(6):3307-12.

Rhodes MW, Kator H, McNabb A, Deshayes C, Reyrat JM, Brown-Elliott BA, Wallace R Jr, Trott KA, Parker JM, Lifland B, Osterhout G, Kaattari I, Reece K, Vogelbein W, Ottinger CA, 2005. Mycobacterium pseudoshottsii sp. nov., a slowly growing chromogenic species isolated from Chesapeake Bay striped bass (Morone saxatilis. Int J Syst Evol Microbiol, May;55(Pt 3):1139-47.

Lane RS, Mun J, Parker JM, White MJ, 2005. Columbian black-tailed deer (Odocoileus hemionus columbianus) as hosts for Borrelia spp. in northern California. Wildl Dis, Jan;41(1):115-25.

Trott KA, Stacy BA, Lifland BD, Diggs HE, Harland RM, Khokha MK, Grammer TC, Parker JM, 2004. Characterization of a Mycobacterium ulcerans-like infection in a colony of African tropical clawed frogs (Xenopus tropicalis). Comp Med, Jun;54(3):309-17.

Stacy BA, Parker JM, 2004. Amphibian oncology. Vet Clin North Am Exot Anim Pract, Sep;7(3):673-95, vi-vii.

Parker JM, Mikaelian I, Hahn N, Diggs HE, 2002. Clinical diagnosis and treatment of epidermal chytridiomycosis in African clawed frogs (Xenopus tropicalis).Comparative Medicine, 52(3):265-8.

Hahn NE, Jenné KJ, Diggs HE, 2003. Dermatophytosis in three colony-born spotted hyenas. J Am Vet Med Assoc, Dec 15;223(12):1809-11.

Greer LL, Jenne KJ, Diggs HE. Medetomidine-ketamine anesthesia in red-eared slider turtles (Trachemys scripta elegans). Contemp Top Lab Anim Sci. 2001 May;40(3):9-11.

Parker, JM, 2001. Reptilian Parasitism: Round worm infestation belonging to the order Rhabdita. Provet July pp 19-22.
Where will vacancies be advertised?JAVMA, ASLAP and ACLAM newsletters
What month does the program begin?July

Living and Working

Starting Annual Salary$50,000
To what extent is travel to meetings, etc. paid for?Annual meeting, local meetings
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 coverageShares night, week-end and holiday coverage with staff veterinarians
How many annual vacation days are given?24
How many annual sick days are given?20
Briefly describe the communityBerkeley is located in northern California in the San Francisco Bay area.
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