Institution TypePublic University
Is there a medical school?Yes
Is this a land-grant institution?No
Vivarium DirectorDr. Bill King, DVM, DACLAM
Program DirectorMegan H. Nowland, DVM, DACLAM
Who to ContactMegan H. Nowland, DVM, DACLAM
AddressNCRC Building 10 Suite G90,  2800 Plymouth Road, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI  48109
Phone(734) 764-0277
Fax(734) 936-3235

Vivarium Information

Vivarium NameUnit for Laboratory Animal Medicine
Is the facility AAALAC accredited?Yes
Describe management structureMore than 5 administratively distinct vivaria
Describe the extent to which your facilities are centralizedAnimals housed in 5+ separate locations
Vivarium Square Feet240,000
Summarize the nature of the animal population and the predominant types of clinical activitiesThe Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine’s (ULAM) animal facilities total more than 240,000 gross square feet in over 40 buildings, two biological research stations (10,000+ acres), and a University-owned livestock housing facility (32 acres). All University animal facilities are fully accredited by the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care, International.

Our daily census is made up of over 200,000 animals. Mice constitute a large proportion of the population. Other animals include rats, fish, amphibians, guinea pigs, rabbits, birds, reptiles, nonhuman primates, dogs, cats, sheep, pigs, and cattle.

The Unit has well-equipped research, diagnostic and surgical laboratories including the fully supported Animal Surgery Operating Room, the Animal Diagnostic Lab, the Rodent Health Surveillance Program, ABSL-2 containment facilities, and a germ free rodent facility.

The day-to-day care of animals and technical assistance are provided by approximately 170 animal technicians (overseen by numerous supervisors, 3 husbandry assistant managers, and the Managing Director of Campus Animal Care) and 10 licensed veterinary technicians.

The veterinary faculty and staff, including veterinary residents, provide valuable support to over 500 Principal Investigators responsible for approximately 1,000 Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee-approved animal use protocols.
Number of Veterinarians in program17
Number of ACLAM Diplomates in program10
Number of Boarded Pathologists5
Number of Other Boarded Veterinary Specialists1
Number of necropsies/week in the veterinary unit8
Number of surgical cases/week in the veterinary unit3

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 residents9
How many residents/trainees have completed this program?106
Of these, how many have subsequently become ACLAM Diplomates?77
In what year did the program accept its first trainee?1962
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 Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine (ULAM) at the University of Michigan Medical School (UMMS) has sponsored a postdoctoral training program in laboratory animal medicine since 1962. This three-year program emphasizes clinical medicine, laboratory animal pathology and animal resource administration and management. It includes research training in comparative medicine, the study of phenomena basic to the disease of all species. The training program is recognized by the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM). Program completion satisfies ACLAM eligibility requirements for specialty board certification in laboratory animal medicine.

ULAM has been training leaders in laboratory animal medicine and comparative medicine research since 1962, having trained a significant proportion of ACLAM Diplomats. ULAM alumni are among the most prominent leaders in laboratory animal science and medicine and many are directors of animal resource programs at some of the top academic institutions and pharmaceutical companies in the country.

The primary objective of our training program is to produce professional and successful laboratory animal veterinarians who possess an appropriate knowledge and skills to:

**Perform common clinical and technical procedures necessary for the practice of laboratory animal medicine

**Effectively manage animal resource programs, personnel, and facilities

**Conduct independent and collaborative research

**Obtain specialty certification by the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine

**Successfully interact with researchers and their technical staff during review and refinement of animal research protocols

**Understand and successfully navigate the highly regulated environment of animal research
Describe any unique research interests of your facultyThe current ULAM faculty consists of nineteen members, sixteen with primary appointments in ULAM and three from other departments with joint appointments. Together they conduct a vigorous clinical, educational, research and service program that extends campus-wide. Twelve of the faculty members are Diplomates of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine, one is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgery, and five are Diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Pathology. Research emphasis in the Unit includes enrichment, welfare refinements and clinical laboratory animal medicine and science. Additional information on each faculty member's research focus can be found at the following website (
Give a few literature citations of publications completed by trainees during their tenure in this programDunbar ML, David EM, Aline MR, Lofgren JL. Validation of a Behavioral Ethogram for Assessing Postoperative Pain in Guinea Pigs (Cavia porcellus). J Am Assoc Lab Anim Sci. 2016 Jan;55(1):29-34.

Liechty ER, Wang DY, Chen E, Chai D, Bell JD, Bergin IL. The influence of quarantine on reproductive cycling in wild-caught Baboons (Papio anubis). J Med Primatol. 2015 Dec;44(6):390-2.

Wolfe AM, Kennedy LH, Na JJ, Nemzek-Hamlin JA. Efficacy of Tramadol as a Sole Analgesic for Postoperative Pain in Male and Female Mice. J Am Assoc Lab Anim Sci. 2015 Jul;54(4):411-9.

Shuster KA, Brock KL, Dysko RC, DiRita VJ, Bergin IL. Polytetrafluoroethylene toxicosis in recently hatched chickens (Gallus domesticus). Comp Med. 2012 Feb;62(1):49-52.

Cotroneo TM, Hugunin KM, Shuster KA, Hwang HJ, Kakaraparthi BN, Nemzek-Hamlin JA. Effects of buprenorphine on a cecal ligation and puncture model in C57BL/6 mice. J Am Assoc Lab Anim Sci. 2012;51(3):357-65.

Aslam MN, Bergin I, Naik M, Hampton A, Allen R, Kunkel SL, Rush H, Varani J. A multi-mineral natural product inhibits liver tumor formation in C57BL/6 mice. Biol Trace Elem Res. 2012 Jun;147(1-3):267-74.

Alvarado CM, Diaz JA, Hawley AE, Wrobleski SK, Sigler RE, Myers DD Jr. Male mice have increased thrombotic potential: sex differences in a mouse model of venous thrombosis. Thromb Res. 2011 May;127(5):478-86.

Moore R, Hawley A, Sigler R, Farris D, Wrobleski S, Ramacciotti E, Myers D. Tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase-1 is an early marker of acute endothelial dysfunction in a rodent model of venous oxidative injury. Ann Vasc Surg. 2009 Jul-Aug;23(4):498-505.
Where will vacancies be advertised?ACLAM Website, CompMed ListServ
What month does the program begin?July

Living and Working

Starting Annual Salary$43,692
To what extent is travel to meetings, etc. paid for?Annual attendance at local and regional meetings. Attendance at AALAS National Meeting in Year 2 and 3. Participation in additional educational courses or meetings
Is individual health insurance provided?Yes
Is family health insurance provided?Yes
Describe any fees or tuitionCovered by institution and/or training grant
Describe the residents' responsibilities for night, weekend, and holiday coverageResidents and faculty share emergency duty for the Unit. Calls at night or on the weekends are relatively uncommon.
How many annual vacation days are given?22
How many annual sick days are given?0
Briefly describe the communityAnn Arbor is a culturally and scenically rich university community, with a population of approximately 150,000. Life in Ann Arbor is enriched by the presence of the University of Michigan (, which provides unlimited opportunities for continuing education, recreation and entertainment. There are 19 schools and colleges and more than 35,000 students on the Ann Arbor campus. The Medical School is among the top 10 in research funds received from the Federal government.
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