Institution TypePublic University
Is there a medical school?Yes
Is this a land-grant institution?Yes
Vivarium DirectorJohn Morrison
Program DirectorKari Christe
Who to ContactKari Christe
AddressCNPRC, UC Davis, One Shields Ave, Davis, CA  95616
Phone(530) 752-2514
Fax(530) 752-2880

Vivarium Information

Vivarium NameCalifornia National Primate Research Center
Is the facility AAALAC accredited?Yes
Describe management structureOne central vivarium only
Describe the extent to which your facilities are centralizedAnimals housed in one central facility
Vivarium Square Feet588,220
Summarize the nature of the animal population and the predominant types of clinical activities

Residents are expected to (1) assist in providing clinical care to our colony of 5,000 NHPs (mostly rhesus macaques with some Titi monkeys and Cynomolgus macaques), ranging in age from neonates to geriatrics, and providing preventative health to intensive care, (2) provide research support to our investigators, (3) provide mentorship and training to our next generation of AHTs, veterinary students, clinical trainees and visiting veterinarians. The CNPRC has research emphasis in reproductive biology, HIV/AIDS, asthma, and neurodegenerative disorders.

Campus Veterinary Services (CVS) provides veterinary oversight for the diverse population of animals used in research and teaching at UC Davis. This includes ectotherms, fish, livestock, and the typical research animals. There is a large rodent barrier facility that maintains production colonies of genetically modified mice.

The Comparative Pathology Laboratory (CPL) provides diagnostic support to investigators at UCD and provides in-house health monitoring tests.
Residents have four 3 month long clinical rotations usually during the first 12 - 15 months of the program spend the first 9 months in rotations amoungst the 3 main areas, additional short clinical rotations in primate pathology, fish health and at a targetted mutant mouse production facility along with a research project are completed in the remaining 14 - 17 months of the program.

Number of Veterinarians in program


Number of ACLAM Diplomates in program7
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 unit5

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?39
Of these, how many have subsequently become ACLAM Diplomates?17
In what year did the program accept its first trainee?1974
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)?Ph.D., M.S., M.P.V.M. are possible but separate
Which departments most commonly grant degree(s)?Graduate Group in Comparative Pathology, Epidemiology
Give an overview of this program, describing its particular strengths and any unique aspects that are not addressed in any of the other sectionsUC Davis has a medical school, veterinary school, National Primate Research Center, School of Agriculture, veterinary extension, Department of Psychology and College of Biological Sciences that all have researchers using animals. In addition there are a number of core units including the Center for Comparative Medicine, the Comparative Pathology Laboratory, and the Mouse Biology Program that collaborate with investigators across campus using animal models. Trainees participate in veterinary reviews of animal care and use protocols (>1400 active protocols) that cover a wide range of research and teaching activities. These are good tools to review all aspects of regulatory compliance.
Describe any unique research interests of your facultyWith assistance from a selected committee,the resident will develop and execute a hypothesis driven research project acceptable for publication prior to completion of their resident training. Residents often select their research project and primary mentor during their first year of training. Primate focused residents usually work on clinically focused projects under the direction of the senior clinical veterinarians at the CNPRC.
Give a few literature citations of publications completed by trainees during their tenure in this programWoodward, KN, Keesler RI , Reader JR, Christe KL. “Evaluation of a Zinc Gluconate Neutralized with Arginine Product as a Nonsurgical Method for Sterilization of Rhesus Macaques (Macaca mulatta)” 2017;56 (5):520–526.

Haertel AJ, Stern JA, Reader JR, Spinner A, Roberts JA, Christe KL. "Antemortem Screening for Left Ventricular Hypertrophy in Rhesus Macaques (Macaca mulatta)" Comp Med. 2016;66(4):333-42.

Salyards GW, Knych HK, Hill AE, Kelly KR, and Christe KL, “Pharmacokinetics of Ceftiofur Crystalline Free Acid (Excede® Sterile Suspension) in Male Rhesus Macaques (Macaca mulatta) After Subcutaneous Administration” Comp Med. 2014;54(5):557-63.

Sammak RL, Rejmanek D, Roth TM, Christe KL, Chomel BB, Foley JF. "Francisella tularensis Outbreak Investigation Following Natural Infection of Outdoor-Housed Rhesus Macaques (Macaca mulatta). Comp Med. 2013;63(2):183–190.

Kelly, KR, Pypendop, BH, Grayson, JK, Stanley, SD, Christe, KL, Lerche, NW. "Pharmacokinetics of oxymorphone in titi monkeys (Callicebus spp.) and rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta)" JAALAS 2011; 50(2):212-20.

MacGuire JG, Christe KL, Yee JL, Kalman-Bowlus AL, Lerche NW. "Serologic evaluation of clinical and subclinical secondary hepatic amyloidosis in rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta)" Comp Med. 2009; 59(2):168-73.

Blackwood RS, Tarara RP, Christe KL, Spinner A, Lerche NW. "Effects of the macrolide drug tylosin on chronic diarrhea in rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta)" Comp Med. 2008; Feb;58(1):81-7.
Where will vacancies be advertised?UCD VMTH and CNPRC websites
What month does the program begin?July

Living and Working

Starting Annual Salary$41,000
To what extent is travel to meetings, etc. paid for?Yr 1: CLAMs or District 8; Yr 2 or 3: APV & AALAS
Is individual health insurance provided?Yes
Is family health insurance provided?Yes
Describe any fees or tuitionParking pass necessary (~$45/mo)
Describe the residents' responsibilities for night, weekend, and holiday coverageResidents rotate night, weekend and holiday coverage with staff veterinarians though at an increased frequency. Residents are on call for one week approximately every 3-4 weeks.
How many annual vacation days are given?24
How many annual sick days are given?12
Briefly describe the communityDavis is a small college town approximately 20 miles from Sacramento. Davis located in the Central Valley of Northern California and is two hours from great skiing at Lake Tahoe and two hours from great beaches in the Bay area.
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