Institution TypePrivate University
Is there a medical school?Yes
Is this a land-grant institution?No
Vivarium DirectorDr. Jeffrey D. Wyatt
Program DirectorDr. Jeffrey D. Wyatt
Who to ContactDr. Jeffrey D. Wyatt
AddressDept. of Comparative Medicine,  University of Rochester, Box 674, Rochester NY  14642
Phone(585) 275-2651
Fax(585) 336-2517

Vivarium Information

Vivarium NameAnimal Resource/Department of Comparative Medicine
Is the facility AAALAC accredited?Yes
Describe management structureOne central vivarium only
Describe the extent to which your facilities are centralizedAnimals housed in 2-5 separate locations
Vivarium Square Feet105,000
Summarize the nature of the animal population and the predominant types of clinical activities30,000 mouse cages 3.1 mice per cage
(150 ventilated racks)
1,000 rats
50 nonhuman primates
3,000 amphibians
800 canaries/finches

Residents are voting members of the IACUC

Clinical focus: NHP & Mouse colony preventive medicine

Surgery Opportunities: Ventricular Assisted Device in lambs, collaborative major/minor invasive rodent surgery

Teaching: ALAT, LAT, LATg, graduate student biomethodology course

Other: 4 hour weekly, clinical rotation at local zoo (orangutans, callitrichids, olive baboons, lemurs, elephants, polar bears, hyena, sea lions, penguins, tigers, leopards, reptiles, amphibians...)
Number of Veterinarians in program3
Number of ACLAM Diplomates in program1
Number of Boarded Pathologists0
Number of Other Boarded Veterinary Specialists0
Number of necropsies/week in the veterinary unit25
Number of surgical cases/week in the veterinary unit5

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 residents3
How many residents/trainees have completed this program?11
Of these, how many have subsequently become ACLAM Diplomates?7
In what year did the program accept its first trainee?1982
How many years are required to complete this program (residency only)?2
Is formal coursework offered?Yes
Is a degree program associated with this residency?Yes
If yes, what degree(s)?MPH, MBA, MCTR (Clinical Translational Research)
Which departments most commonly grant degree(s)?Department of Community and Preventive Medicine, Simon School
Give an overview of this program, describing its particular strengths and any unique aspects that are not addressed in any of the other sectionsStrengths:

88% (7/8)pass rate for those taking the ACLAM exam. 2 recent grads will take the exam in 2011.

Species and research diversity

Two new, modern vivaria (50,000 squ ft)

All residents board eligible including 1st author publication w/i 2 years.

Masters degree requires a third year with abundant ACLAM board study time available.

Residents may stay a third year as a "clinician" without earning a Masters degree and have abundant ACLAM board study time available.


1 ACLAM diplomate

Formal pathology training limited to POLA conferences
Describe any unique research interests of your facultyImmunodeficient and genetically altered mice.
Awake CNS recording in primates
Sheep and cattle heart surgery
Amphibian immunology
Field research (sturgeon, black bears, bats, lemurs)
Give a few literature citations of publications completed by trainees during their tenure in this programWilliams A, Wyatt J, Comparison of subcutaneous and intramuscular ketamine-medetomodine with and without reversal by atipamezole in Dutch belted rabbit (Orictolagus cuniculus. J Am Assoc Lab Anim Sci 2007 Nov; 46 (6): 16-120.

Winterborn A, Bates W, Feng C, Wyatt J. The efficacy of orally dosed ketamine and ketamine/medetomidine compared with intramuscular ketamine in rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta) and the effects of dosing route on haematological stress markers. J Med Primatol, Vol 10, 11 11/ 2007, pp116-127.

Keen J, Austin MK, Huang LS, Messing S, Wyatt J, The Efficacy of 70% Isopropyl Alcohol Soaking on Aerobic Bacterial Decontamination of Surgical Instruments and Gloves in Serial Mouse Laparotomies, accepted May 2010 for publication in J Am Assoc Lab Anim Sci

Gordon A, Wyatt J, The Water Delivery System Affects The Rate of Weight Gain In C57BL/6J Mice During The First Week Of Weaning, accepted for publication June 2010 for publication in J Am Assoc Lab Anim Sci
Where will vacancies be advertised?JAVMA, ACLAM newsletter, ASLAP newsletter, COMPMED listserv
What month does the program begin?typically July -but rolling admission on occasion

Living and Working

Starting Annual Salary$42,000
To what extent is travel to meetings, etc. paid for?at least two paid conferences per year
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 coverageRotate emergency (24/7) beeper with all vets - usually once every 6 weeks.
How many annual vacation days are given?15
How many annual sick days are given?0
Briefly describe the communityLake Ontario basin, Finger lakes, beautiful upstate NY, near Canada, must like snow
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