Institution TypePrivate Hospital
Is there a medical school?Yes
Is this a land-grant institution?No
Vivarium DirectorJeanne Wallace, DVM, DACLAM
Program DirectorKate Shuster, DVM, DACLAM
Who to ContactPrintha McCallum, Sr. Program Manager
AddressDivision of Comparative Medicine, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, 1161 21st Avenue South - MCN AA 620, Nashville  TN  37232-2130

Vivarium Information

Vivarium NameVanderbilt Animal Care and Use Program
Is the facility AAALAC accredited?Yes
Describe management structureOne central vivarium only
Describe the extent to which your facilities are centralizedAnimals housed in six facilities on a single campus.
Vivarium Square Feet98,133 sq. ft.
Summarize the nature of the animal population and the predominant types of clinical activitiesVanderbilt has been accredited by AAALAC-International since 1967 and the Animal Care and Use Program provides clinical care to a wide range of species including rats, mice, rabbits, guinea pigs, gerbils, dogs, sheep, swine, tree shrew, nonhuman primates (multiple species), zebra finches, zebrafish, and amphibians. Clinical activities include developing diagnostic and treatment plans while in consultation with researchers and in consideration of experimental constraints and confounds. In addition, Residents participate in the health surveillance and disease prevention programs, perform complete necropsies, and have the opportunity to gain surgical experience as part of providing veterinary care and/ or through participating in study related procedures.
Number of Veterinarians in program8
Number of ACLAM Diplomates in program6
Number of Boarded Pathologists2
Number of Other Boarded Veterinary Specialists0
Number of necropsies/week in the veterinary unit10
Number of surgical cases/week in the veterinary unit4

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 residents2
How many residents/trainees have completed this program?6
Of these, how many have subsequently become ACLAM Diplomates?3
In what year did the program accept its first trainee?2012
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?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 sectionsVanderbilt’s residency program offers motivated individuals a well-rounded experience that meets ACLAM board eligibility requirements. In addition to didactic training and supervised clinical practice, the Vanderbilt program includes a hypothesis driven research project designed to lead to a first author publication and formal presentation at a national or international meeting. Vanderbilt’s research enterprise is among the strongest in the nation and Vanderbilt researchers work with a variety of animal models. More information about the program can be found at
Describe any unique research interests of your facultyThe academic environment and strong research background of training program faculty provide residents with comprehensive exposure to research planning and implementation. Major translational research initiatives at Vanderbilt are moving discoveries from the bench to the bedside, transforming health care and health care delivery. Areas of emphasis by the Vanderbilt faculty include pharmacology and drug development, cardiovascular disease, neuroscience, cancer biology, substance abuse, women’s health, diabetes, infectious disease, and aging.
Give a few literature citations of publications completed by trainees during their tenure in this program
  1. Effects of Habitat Complexity on Pair-Housed Zebrafish. Keck, V.A. JAALAS.; Vol 54 (4): 378-83. 2015.  
  2. A Phyllodes-like Mammary Tumor in a Breeding Galago (Otolemur garnettii). Jones, C.P., B. Burton, CompMed: Vol 66 (5): 424-428. 2016.
  3. Effects of Repeated Intraperitoneal Injection of Pharmaceutical-Grade and Nonpharmaceutical-Grade Corn Oil in Female C57CL/6J Mice. Hubbard JS, Chen PH, Boyd KL. JAALAS; Vol. 56 (6): 779-785. 2017
  4. Effects of Anesthesia and Euthanasia Solutions on the Histologic Quality of Brine Shrimp (Artemia franciscana). Darbyshire A, Oliver K, Mulrooney T, Jones C, Boyd K. Journal of Histotechnology, Vol. 41: 88-93. 2018.
  5. Severe Periocular Following Intra-arterial Chemotherapy with Carboplatin for Retinoblastoma in a Rabbit (Oryctolague cuniculus) Model. Oatess, T,; accepted for publication in Comparative Medicine.
Where will vacancies be advertised?Websites: ACLAM, ASLAP, and Vanderbilt Division of Comparative Medicine
What month does the program begin?Scheduled for July; date is negotiable.

Living and Working

Starting Annual Salary$47,500
To what extent is travel to meetings, etc. paid for?Residents receive $2000 travel allowance per year for continuing education
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 coverageThe resident will participate in on-call rotation for after-hours, weekend and holiday emergency veterinary care.
How many annual vacation days are given?21
How many annual sick days are given?8
Briefly describe the communityThe Vanderbilt campus is located in the heart of mid-town Nashville, Tennessee. With a population of close to 700,000, Nashville is an incredible place to live, work and study, and is one of the fastest-growing areas in the region.
Nashville typically enjoys a mild and pleasant climate with only a few days of the year having either very hot or very cold conditions.
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