Institution TypePublic University
Is there a medical school?Yes
Is this a land-grant institution?No
Vivarium DirectorDr. Jori Leszczynski
Program DirectorDr. Derek Fong
Who to ContactDr. Derek Fong

Office of Laboratory Animal Resources
1784 Racine St., Building 401
Aurora, CO  80045

Phone(303) 724-2322
Fax(303) 724-2327

Vivarium Information

Vivarium NameUniversity of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus
Is the facility AAALAC accredited?Yes
Describe management structure2 main centralized vivaria
Describe the extent to which your facilities are centralizedAnimals housed in 5+ separate locations
Vivarium Square Feet95,000
Summarize the nature of the animal population and the predominant types of clinical activities

Current species include zebrafish, xenopus, leopard geckos, mice, rats, gerbils, guinea pigs, chinchillas, rabbits, pigs, and sheep.

Clinical activities mainly involve assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of spontaneous diseases, animal model development/support, and large animal anesthesia.
Number of Veterinarians in program5
Number of ACLAM Diplomates in program5
Number of Boarded Pathologists0
Number of Other Boarded Veterinary Specialists0
Number of necropsies/week in the veterinary unit3
Number of surgical cases/week in the veterinary unit

5 by researchers, which we support

1 by veterinary staff

Training Program Details

Is this program recognized by ACLAM?NA. This is a 1 year internship program
Does this program participate in the Veterinary Internship & Residency Matching Program (VIRMP)?No
Number of concurrent residents0
How many residents/trainees have completed this program?2
Of these, how many have subsequently become ACLAM Diplomates?NA yet based on timing. Both are in lab animal residencies now.
In what year did the program accept its first trainee?2017
How many years are required to complete this program (residency only)?1
Is formal coursework offered?No
Is a degree program associated with this residency?No
If yes, what degree(s)?NA
Which departments most commonly grant degree(s)?NA
Give an overview of this program, describing its particular strengths and any unique aspects that are not addressed in any of the other sections

The goal of the internship is to provide broad exposure to laboratory animal medicine with primary emphases on clinical skills and research and secondary emphases on regulatory and administration. The internship should prepare an applicant to acquire a residency position in LAM. The program will work closely with the intern on residency applications, and allows time for a 2 week external externship. The intern will receive significant mentorship, which will decrease over time as the intern becomes more independent, especially clinically.  

The intern will perform a research project with the goal of submitting a first author publication to meet the requirement for ACLAM board certification. Both the mentor and project are generally assigned due to the limited time to perform the project, but could depend on the intern’s research experience and interest.

As a newer program with only a single trainee at a time, there is the ability to customize the program based on the intern’s interests and previous experience.
Describe any unique research interests of your facultyAs a top 25 NIH funded institution, there is a wide array of research, but particular campus focuses include cancer, pulmonology, diabetes, and immunology. OLAR veterinarians have research interests in Corynebacterium bovis and applied lab animal welfare as well.
Give a few literature citations of publications completed by trainees during their tenure in this programMitchell, CM., McGrath A., Beck B., Schur MJ., Fong D., Leszczynski JK., Manuel CA. 2019. Low-cost, Small-scale Decontamination of Laboratory Equipment by Using Chlorine Dioxide Gas. JAALAS. 58 (5): 569-576. 
Where will vacancies be advertised?University of Colorado Careers Website, ASLAP
What month does the program begin?Late June to early July

Living and Working

Starting Annual Salary≈ $45,000
To what extent is travel to meetings, etc. paid for?

One national meeting and travel are covered.

The 2 week external externship costs are also covered up to $2,000.
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 coverageIn the 4th month, the intern will join the on-call rotation (including holidays) with the 5 other veterinarians.  A veterinarian is on-call for one week at a time. A senior veterinarian will always be available as back-up.
How many annual vacation days are given?20
How many annual sick days are given?12
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