Institution Type Public University
Is there a medical school? Yes
Is this a land-grant institution? Yes
Vivarium Director Dr. David Hamilton
Program Director Dr. David Hamilton
Who to Contact Dr. David Hamilton
Address 956 Court Ave Room B106, Memphis, TN  38163
Phone (901) 448-5451
Fax (901) 448-8506
Email dhamilt7@uthsc.edu

Vivarium Information

Vivarium Name Laboratory Animal Care Unit
Is the facility AAALAC accredited? Yes
Describe management structure One central vivarium only
Describe the extent to which your facilities are centralized Animals housed in 2-5 separate locations
Vivarium Square Feet 90,000
Summarize the nature of the animal population and the predominant types of clinical activities mice, rats, hamsters, pigs, baboons, chickens, frogs, rabbits
Number of Veterinarians in program 6
Number of ACLAM Diplomates in program 4
Number of Boarded Pathologists 1
Number of Other Boarded Veterinary Specialists 0
Number of necropsies/week in the veterinary unit 0
Number of surgical cases/week in the veterinary unit 0

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 residents 2
How many residents/trainees have completed this program? 12
Of these, how many have subsequently become ACLAM Diplomates? 7
In what year did the program accept its first trainee? 1983
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? Yes
If yes, what degree(s)? Master of Science in Epidemiology
Which departments most commonly grant degree(s)? Preventative Medicine
Give an overview of this program, describing its particular strengths and any unique aspects that are not addressed in any of the other sections Approximately 70% of the trainee’s time is devoted to clinical residency training in laboratory animal science and medicine consisting primarily of participation in clinical rotations, facility management, and teaching/training programs (AALAS Technician Training, research investigator training, and seminars on topics related to laboratory animal science and medicine). Courses are provided by the Department of Comparative Medicine include: Laboratory Animal Resources, Essentials of Animal Experimentation (CMED 711), and Biology and Pathophysiology of Lab Animals (CMED 712 & 713). The trainee gains clinical experience through interaction with the veterinarians on the training faculty, investigators, and technicians as problems are encountered and solved.

With the opening of the Regional Biocontainment Laboratory, trainees will receive basic and advanced training in biosafety and animal biosafety that will prepare them for working in an ABSL3 facility.
Describe any unique research interests of your faculty
Give a few literature citations of publications completed by trainees during their tenure in this program 1. Toxic epidermal necrolysis in two rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta) after administration of rituximab. Allen KP, Funk AJ, Mandrell TD. Comp Med. 2005 Aug;55(4):377-81.
2. Importance of heat-labile enterotoxin in colonization of the adult mouse small intestine by human enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli strains. Allen KP, Randolph MM, Fleckenstein JM. Infect Immun. 2006 Feb;74(2):869-75.
3. Efficacy and safety of topical selamectin to eradicate pinworm (Syphacia spp.) infections in rats (Rattus norvegicus) and mice (Mus musculus). Hill WA, Randolph MM, Lokey SJ, Hayes E, Boyd KL, Mandrell TD.
J Am Assoc Lab Anim Sci. 2006 May;45(3):23-6.
4. Posterior paresis and osteolysis in guinea pigs (Cavia porcellus) secondary to Freund's adjuvant immunization. Hill WA, Boyd KL, Ober CP, Farrar PL, Mandrell TD. J Am Assoc Lab Anim Sci. 2006 Mar;45(2):53-6.
5. Effects of leukotriene inhibition on pulmonary morphology in rat pup lungs exposed to hyperoxia.
Funk AJ, Mandrell TD, Lokey SJ, Kosanke SD, Li CS, Potters CF.Comp Med. 2007 Apr;57(2):186-92.
6. The EtpA exoprotein of enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli promotes intestinal colonization and is a protective antigen in an experimental model of murine infection. Roy K, Hamilton D, Allen KP, Randolph MP, Fleckenstein JM. Infect Immun. 2008 May;76(5):2106-12.
Where will vacancies be advertised?
What month does the program begin? July/August

Living and Working

Starting Annual Salary
To what extent is travel to meetings, etc. paid for? Residents are allowed travel to 1 meeting per year in which scientific information is being presented.
Is individual health insurance provided? Yes
Is family health insurance provided? Yes
Describe any fees or tuition None
Describe the residents' responsibilities for night, weekend, and holiday coverage Rotational weekend and holiday on-call
How many annual vacation days are given? 14
How many annual sick days are given? 12
Briefly describe the community
Institutional, facility, or training program web site http://www.uthsc.edu/research/research_resources/LACU/index.php