Institution TypePublic University
Is there a medical school?Yes
Is this a land-grant institution?No
Vivarium DirectorGerald Hish, Jr, DVM, DACLAM
Program DirectorMegan H. Nowland, DVM, DACLAM
Who to ContactMegan H. Nowland, DVM, DACLAM or  Gerald Hish, Jr, 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 or

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 30 buildings, two biological research stations, and a University-owned livestock housing facility. 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 approximately 250,000 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 (ASOR), the In Vivo Animal Core (IVAC), 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 and 15 licensed veterinary technicians.

The veterinary faculty and staff, including veterinary residents, provide valuable support to nearly 500 Principal Investigators responsible for approximately 1,000 Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee-approved animal use protocols.
Number of Veterinarians in program16
Number of ACLAM Diplomates in program11
Number of Boarded Pathologists3
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?112
Of these, how many have subsequently become ACLAM Diplomates?88
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 facultyResearch emphasis within the Unit includes enrichment and welfare (housed within the Refinement & Enrichment Advancements Laboratory; and clinical laboratory animal medicine and science.
Give a few literature citations of publications completed by trainees during their tenure in this programEckley S, et al. Acepromazine and chlorpromazine as pharmaceutical-grade alternatives to chlorprothixine for pupillary light imaging in mice. JAALAS. Accepted for publication in September 2019.

Krueger LA, et al. Enrichment preferences of singly-housed zebrafish (Danio rerio). JAALAS. Accepted for publication in August 2019.

Cornelius K, et al. Influence of pain and analgesia in rodent models of sepsis. Comp Med. Accepted for publication in March 2019.

Esvelt MA, et al. Variation in bacterial contamination of microisolation cage tops according to rodent species and housing system. JAALAS. Jul 2019;58(4):450-5.

Bradley MP, Doerning CM, Nowland MH, Lester PA. Intramuscular administration of alfaxalone alone and in combination for sedation and anesthesia of rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus). JAALAS. 2019 Mar;58(2):216-22.

Kennedy L, Nowland M, Nemzek J. Evaluation of surgical intervention as an effective treatment for spontaneous endometriosis in rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta): 11 cases (2007-2011). J Am Vet Med Assoc. 2019;254(12);1454-8.

Collins D, Fry C, Moore BB, Nemzek JA. Phagocytosis by fibrocytes as a mechanism to decrease bacterial burden and increase survival in sepsis. Shock. 2019;51(4):464-71.
Where will vacancies be advertised?VIRMP Matching Process
What month does the program begin?July

Living and Working

Starting Annual SalaryNIH stipend rates
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 by permission.
Is individual health insurance provided?Yes
Is family health insurance provided?Yes
Describe any fees or tuitionCovered by institution 
Describe the residents' responsibilities for night, weekend, and holiday coverageResidents and faculty share emergency duty (nights, weekends and holidays) for the Unit. Emergency calls are relatively uncommon.
How many annual vacation days are given?22
How many annual sick days are given?As needed
Briefly describe the communityAnn Arbor is a culturally and scenically rich university community, with a population of approximately 120,000. 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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