Institution Type Public University
Is there a medical school? Yes
Is this a land-grant institution? No
Vivarium Director James A Wilkerson
Program Director Larry Carbone and James A Wilkerson
Who to Contact Larry Carbone
Address Box 0564 UCSF-LAR, San Francisco,  CA  94143-0564

Vivarium Information

Vivarium Name Laboratory Animal Resource Center
Is the facility AAALAC accredited? Yes
Describe management structure 2-5 Administratively distinct vivaria
Describe the extent to which your facilities are centralized Animals housed in 5+ separate locations
Vivarium Square Feet 75,000
Summarize the nature of the animal population and the predominant types of clinical activities Large academic biomedical campus, with all conventional laboratory animal species, with emphasis on rodents, primates, zebrafish.

The Resident works in the Laboratory Animal Resource Center, whose functions include:
- Preventive medicine program for all species (including rodent colony sentinel program)
- Clinical medicine of ill or injured animals (caseload = 80% nonhuman primate)
- Surgical & anesthetic support for research projects (esp pigs, sheep, nonhuman primate, rodent)
- Low necropsy caseload (mostly rodent and NHP)
- Hands-on training for assorted staff

Off campus opportunities at primate centers, rodent diagnostic/pathology laboratory and other learning opportunities are part of the residency program.
Number of Veterinarians in program 7
Number of ACLAM Diplomates in program 3
Number of Boarded Pathologists 0
Number of Other Boarded Veterinary Specialists 0
Number of necropsies/week in the veterinary unit 2
Number of surgical cases/week in the veterinary unit 3

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 residents 2
How many residents/trainees have completed this program? 0
Of these, how many have subsequently become ACLAM Diplomates? 0
In what year did the program accept its first trainee? 2010
How many years are required to complete this program (residency only)? 2
Is formal coursework offered? No
Is a degree program associated with this residency? N0
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 sections This is a new program, with two individuals currently enrolled as our first residents.
The emphasis is clinical medicine; individuals with a strong career interest as researchers or pathologists would be happier at another program.
Attractions of this program for aspiring laboratory animal clinicians include:
A very large (55,000 cage) rodent program
A moderately large (daily inventory ~ 50) daily census of nonhuman primates
Opportunities to spend time at the UC Davis veterinary college (primate center; comparative pathology laboratory)
Opportunities to participate in surgical procedures in the full range of large and small species
Describe any unique research interests of your faculty The major types of conducted research include cancer research, psychology and psychiatry, neuroanatomy and physiology, fetal surgical interventions, dermatology, pharmacology, ophthalmology, molecular biology and biochemistry, developmental and cell biology, psychobiology and neurobiology, medical device testing, surgeon techniques training, prion studies, dental research, oncology, AIDS research, vaccine studies, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.
Give a few literature citations of publications completed by trainees during their tenure in this program Only one to date in our new residency program:

The Use of Soiled Bedding Sentinels for the Detection of Fur Mites in Mice; Krista E Lindstrom et al. Accepted July 2010 for publication in Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science
Where will vacancies be advertised? Comparative Medicine (journal); CompMed (listserv); letters to veterinary college
What month does the program begin? Flexible

Living and Working

Starting Annual Salary $68,748
To what extent is travel to meetings, etc. paid for? Departmental support for 2 - 3 off-campus learning experiences (e.g. conferences, short-courses) per year
Is individual health insurance provided? Yes
Is family health insurance provided? Yes
Describe any fees or tuition Individual cont. to health benefits also required
Describe the residents' responsibilities for night, weekend, and holiday coverage The resident should expect to cover approximately one in three weekend and night rotations. Holiday coverage is shared among 6 veterinarians, including the resident.
Resident will have occasional evenings until 7 or 8 pm for animal recovery from anesthetic procedures --- average twice per month, scheduled in advance.
How many annual vacation days are given? 0
How many annual sick days are given? 15
Briefly describe the community UCSF has two main campuses plus others throughout San Francisco. The campus is exclusively a post-graduate medical campus (no undergraduate program).

San Francisco is a bright, vibrant large city.
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