Institution TypePublic University
Is there a medical school?Yes
Is this a land-grant institution?Yes
Vivarium DirectorDr. Jeffrey Fortman
Program DirectorDr. Jeffrey Fortman
Who to ContactDr. Lisa Halliday
Address1840 W. Taylor St. (M/C 533), Chicago, IL  60612
Phone(312) 996-9453
Fax(312) 996-8065

Vivarium Information

Vivarium NameBiologic Resources Laboratory
Is the facility AAALAC accredited?Yes
Describe management structureOne central vivarium only
Describe the extent to which your facilities are centralizedAnimals housed in 5+ separate locations
Vivarium Square Feet137,000
Summarize the nature of the animal population and the predominant types of clinical activities

The principal training facility for the laboratory animal medicine program is the Biologic Resources Laboratory (BRL). The BRL is the centralized animal care facility of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). It consists of 110,000 sq. ft. of housing and procedural space for maintaining all the commonly used laboratory animals. There is a nonhuman primate colony with an average daily census of 100 animals consisting of three species of Old World primates. There are several support areas within the facility including a reference library, conference room with teleconferencing capability, classroom, diagnostic laboratory, survival surgery suite consisting of 3 operating rooms and one room for minimally invasive surgery, and a radiology suite. There are 11 satellite facilities that contain an additional 27,000 sq. ft. of housing and procedural space. UIC is the largest institution of higher learning in the Chicago area and supports the research and teaching programs in the undergraduate, graduate, medical, dental, pharmacy, and nursing colleges, the college of associated medical sciences, and the school of public health. The campus is strongly committed to centralized resources to support these programs. The programs of the BRL regularly and continuously support these endeavors and offer trainees a broad exposure to a large scale full-service research and teaching program on an academic campus.

Number of Veterinarians in program5
Number of ACLAM Diplomates in program5
Number of Boarded Pathologists2
Number of Other Boarded Veterinary Specialists0
Number of necropsies/week in the veterinary unit3
Number of surgical cases/week in the veterinary unit8

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?31
Of these, how many have subsequently become ACLAM Diplomates?29
In what year did the program accept its first trainee?1987
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 sectionsThe greatest strengths of the residency program are a single large centralized facility, the opportunity to work with a variety of small and large animal species, the wide range of research projects occurring at any one time, collaboration with a local pharmaceutical corporation, and the outstanding ACLAM examination pass rate. The training program is supported by AbbVie and includes a nine-month pharmaceutical component. The first two years are spent in six month clinical rotations, including rodents, nonhuman primates, large animal/experimental surgery, and management. The management rotation may overlap with the research rotation, which give the fellow approximately 6 months to complete a hypothesis-driven research with a clinical or management focus. The last nine months are spent working at AbbVie in a pharmaceutical setting. The research portion is designed to meet the publication requirements for ACLAM board qualification.
Describe any unique research interests of your facultyDue to the size of the program, almost every conceivable type of research, testing, and teaching has been or may be in place on a given date. Areas of research emphasis at UIC include: cardiovascular disease, carcinogenesis, chemotherapeutics/prevention, infectious disease, lung injury, metabolic disease, neurodegenerative disease, ophthalmic disorders, safety and efficacy testing, teaching and training, transplantation, immunotolerance, and wound healing.
Give a few literature citations of publications completed by trainees during their tenure in this program

Greenstein AW, Boyle-Vavra B, Maddox CW, Tang X, Halliday LC, Fortman JD. Characterization of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) carriage in a colony of rhesus (Macaca mulatta) and cynomolgus Macaques (Macaca fascicularis). Submitted to Comparative Medicine Aug 2018.

Eichner M, Purcell JE, Fortman JD. Effects of Intracage Ammonia on Markers of Pulmonary Endothelial Integrity in Mice Housed in Static Microisolation Cages.  J Am Assoc Lab Anim Sci. 2018 Jan 1;57(1):18-23.

Clark SE, Purcell JE, Bi X, Fortman JD. Cross-Foster Rederivation Compared with Antibiotic Administration in the Drinking Water to Eradicate Bordetella pseudohinzii. J Am Assoc Lab Anim Sci. 2017 Jan; 56(1): 47–51.

Clark SE, Purcell SE, Sammani S, Steffen EK, Crim MJ, Livingston RS, Becsh-Williford C, Fortman JD. Bordetella pseudohinzii as a confounding organism in murine models of pulmonary disease. Comp Med 2016 Oct. 66(5): 1-6.

Thiede AJ, Garcia KD, Stolarik DF, Ma J, Jenkins GJ, Nunamaker EA. Pharmacokinetics of Sustained-Release and Transdermal Buprenorphine in Göttingen Minipigs (Sus scrofa domestica). J Am Assoc Lab Anim Sci. 2014 Nov; 53(6): 692–699.
Where will vacancies be advertised?VIRMP website
What month does the program begin?July

Living and Working

Starting Annual Salary$47,800
To what extent is travel to meetings, etc. paid for?Two professional conferences
Is individual health insurance provided?Yes
Is family health insurance provided?Yes
Describe any fees or tuition
Describe the residents' responsibilities for night, weekend, and holiday coverageAfter six months in the program, the residents are placed in the regular rotation with the senior staff for weekend and holiday coverage. After hours coverage, as necessary, is shared equally with the senior staff. Approximately one major holiday and seven weekends are assigned to each resident and senior staff member
How many annual vacation days are given?24
How many annual sick days are given?12
Briefly describe the communityUIC is an urban research institution, but the public transportation system within the City of Chicago and surrounding suburbs allow trainees to live almost anywhere in the greater metro area and commute by car, train, bus, or bicycle. Chicago is one of the most bike-friendly cities in the US and has an extensive network of dedicated bicycle lanes on major streets. The cost of living is reasonable compared to other cities of similar size. Chicago offers a wealth of cultural, recreational, and social activities throughout the year.
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