Institution TypePublic University
Is there a medical school?Yes
Is this a land-grant institution?No
Vivarium DirectorMarcelo A. Couto, DVM, PhD, ACLAM
Program DirectorGregory W. Lawson, DVM, PhD, ACLAM
Who to ContactGregory W. Lawson, DVM, PhD, ACLAM
Address10833 LeConte Avenue, 16-222H CHS, Los Angeles, CA  90095
Phone(310) 794-0256
Fax(310) 794-0285

Vivarium Information

Vivarium NameDivision of Laboratory Animal Medicine
Is the facility AAALAC accredited?Yes
Describe management structure2-5 Administratively distinct vivaria
Describe the extent to which your facilities are centralizedAnimals housed in 5+ separate locations
Vivarium Square Feet102,000
Summarize the nature of the animal population and the predominant types of clinical activitiesUCLA's current animal population:

• Mice
• Rats
• Guinea Pigs
• Chinchillas
• Rabbits
• Hamsters
• Dogs and Cats
• Farm Animals (swine, sheep)
• Nonhuman Primates
• Birds
• Fish
• Amphibians
• Reptiles
• Bats
Number of Veterinarians in program6
Number of ACLAM Diplomates in program3
Number of Boarded Pathologists1
Number of Other Boarded Veterinary Specialists0
Number of necropsies/week in the veterinary unit20
Number of surgical cases/week in the veterinary unit30

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 residents5
How many residents/trainees have completed this program?7
Of these, how many have subsequently become ACLAM Diplomates?4
In what year did the program accept its first trainee?1998
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)?
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 sectionsOverall, the training program objectives are accomplished through didactic instruction, supervised clinical experience, and research training as guided by Role Delineation Document from the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM):

1. Prevent, Diagnose, Control and Treat Disease
2. Prevent, Alleviate and Minimize Pain and Distress
3. Provide Research Support, Information and Services
4. Develop and Manage Animal Husbandry Programs
5. Prepare and Review Animal Use Protocols
6. Design and Operate Laboratory Animal Facilities
7. Control of the Physical Environment of Lab Animals
8. Provide Consultation and Advice on Compliance with Laws, Regulations and Standards
9. Train Scientific, Animal Care and Ancillary Staff
10.Selection and Production of Animal Models
11.Design and Conduct of Research
Describe any unique research interests of your facultyWe have actively studied treatment options for ulcerative dermatitis of C57BL/6 mice as well as the enzootic behavior of mouse parvo virus.

Otherwise, residents are encouraged to write ACLAM foundation grants and to collaborate with investigators as time allows.
Give a few literature citations of publications completed by trainees during their tenure in this program1) Sato, Akiko. Effects of Age and Sex on Hematologic and Serum Biochemical Values of Vervet Monkeys (Chlorocebus aethiops sabaeus). Contemporary Topics 44(1): 29-34, 2005.

2) Suckow, Chris. Acute Abdominal Distension in a Spinally Transected Rat. Lab Animal 35(6): 19-21, 2006.

3) Gozalo, Alfonso. Spontaneaous, Generalized Lipidosis in Captive Greater Horseshoe Bats (Rhinolophus ferrumequinum). Contemporary Topics 44(6): 49-52, 2005.
Where will vacancies be advertised?JAVMA, JAALAS, Comparative Medicine
What month does the program begin?July

Living and Working

Starting Annual Salary$36,996
To what extent is travel to meetings, etc. paid for?AALAS National Meeting is fully covered if presenting (poster, platform)
Is individual health insurance provided?Yes
Is family health insurance provided?Yes
Describe any fees or tuitionVisa and/or work permit expenses are not covered
Describe the residents' responsibilities for night, weekend, and holiday coverageResidents will join the on-call rotation for nights, weekends, and holiday coverage after appropriate training.
How many annual vacation days are given?15
How many annual sick days are given?12
Briefly describe the communityUCLA is nestled in the Westwood Village between the sunny coastal community of Santa Monica and beautiful Beverly Hills in Southern California.
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