Institution TypePrivate University
Is there a medical school?Yes
Is this a land-grant institution?No
Vivarium Director
Program DirectorDr. Peter C. Smith
Who to ContactDr. Peter C. Smith
AddressPO Box 208016, New Haven, CT  06520

Vivarium Information

Vivarium NameYale Animal Resources Center
Is the facility AAALAC accredited?Yes
Describe management structureOne central vivarium only
Describe the extent to which your facilities are centralizedAnimals housed in 5+ separate locations
Vivarium Square Feet300,000
Summarize the nature of the animal population and the predominant types of clinical activitiesTrainees serve as the primary clinician for Yale and West Haven Veterans’ Administration Medical Center vivaria, which together house an animal census of >125,000 comprised of rodents, rabbits, dogs, ferrets, pigs, sheep, nonhuman primates, opossums, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and aquatic invertebrates. Their duties include physical examinations, formulating and implementing diagnostic and treatment plans, performing surgery and post-operative care. They also participate in daily rounds with faculty and staff, which include interpreting diagnostic results, assessing case management and addressing regulatory issues. Residents also present clinically relevant material and discuss cases at the weekly Clinicopathology Conference (CPC). This forum facilitates development of clinical and communication skills essential for informing and advising investigators in matters pertaining to the use and care of laboratory animals.
Number of Veterinarians in program7
Number of ACLAM Diplomates in program6
Number of Boarded Pathologists1
Number of Other Boarded Veterinary Specialists0
Number of necropsies/week in the veterinary unit10
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)?Yes
Number of concurrent residents3
How many residents/trainees have completed this program?11
Of these, how many have subsequently become ACLAM Diplomates?6
In what year did the program accept its first trainee?2003
How many years are required to complete this program (residency only)?2
Is formal coursework offered?


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 Section of Comparative Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine, is accepting applications for a two-year, ACLAM-recognized residency in laboratory animal medicine. This program is designed to meet the training requirements for certification by the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine, and provides training in clinical medicine and surgery; anatomic and clinical pathology; virology, serology, and molecular diagnostics; biotechnology; vivarium management; and regulatory compliance. In addition to didactic training, the appointee will participate in the delivery of health care to a diverse, AAALAC-accredited animal facility with an average daily census of approximately 125,000 animals, including >150 non-human primates. Residents also will undertake a research project under the supervision of a faculty mentor. An agreement with Bristol Myers Squibb provides residents with an opportunity to practice laboratory animal medicine in an industry setting under the supervision of the BMS veterinarians.
The Section of Comparative Medicine consists of 22 faculty members including veterinarians, physicians, and basic scientists who provide a broad array of clinical and laboratory services and conduct research in metabolic disorders, microbial pathogenesis, cancer, metabolic bone disease, and genetics. In this environment, residents are provided a well-rounded experience in laboratory animal medicine, pathology, and research.
Starting salary ranges from $48,000 to $55,000, commensurate with experience. In addition to salary, travel funds are provided for residents to attend national meetings and short courses to augment their curriculum.
Applicants must have a DVM or equivalent degree and be licensed to practice veterinary medicine in the United States. Starting this year, all applications must be made through the Veterinary Internship and Residency Matching Program (VIRMP). Additional information regarding this program as well as application instructions can be found at: ( Please note, applicants to this program must complete their applications on or before 11/03/13 to ensure that the program has ample time to schedule and complete onsite interviews with prospective candidates. As this deadline is distinct from other residency specialties participating in the VIRMP you should contact your references and registrar to ensure they submit their letters of support and your transcripts ahead of the 11/03/13 deadline. Qualified women and members of under-represented minority groups are encouraged to apply. Yale is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Questions can be directed to: Dr. Peter Smith, Associate Professor and Director of Residency Training, Section of Comparative Medicine, Yale University, School of Medicine, PO Box 208016, New Haven, CT 06520-8016; phone 203-785-2531, email
Describe any unique research interests of your facultyFaculty research interests cover a broad spectrum including metabolic disease, oncology, bone metabolism, stem cell biology, genetics, and infectious disease. ACLAM certified faculty in our section have a strong track record in rodent infectious disease research.
Give a few literature citations of publications completed by trainees during their tenure in this programGrove TA, Smith PC, Booth CJ, Compton SR. 2012. “Are younger mice better bedding sentinels? An assessment of age susceptibility of Swiss Webster mice to MPV and other excluded murine pathogens”. JAALAS 51(6): 789-796.

Rockwell S, Grove TA, Liu Y, Cheng YC, Higgins S, Booth CJ. 2012. “Preclinical studies of the Chinese herbal medicine formulation PHY906 as a potential adjunct to radiation therapy”. Radiation Research, 89(1):16-25.

Kwiatkowski AE, Grove TA, Sinusas AJ, Zeiss CJ, Carlson Scholz JA. 2012. “Chronic myocardial atrophy and fibrosis with right atrial thrombosis and heart failure in a female rhesus macaque (Macaca mulatta)”. (abstract). JAALAS 51(5)

Caporizzo D, Booth CT, Chen M, Carlson Scholz JA, Smith PC, Wilson SR. 2012. The use of FDG PET/CT to support a diagnosis of intestinal adenocarcinoma in a rhesus macaque. (abstract). JAALAS 51(5)

Williams MJ, Scholz JAC, Zeiss C, Deng Y, Wilson SR, Franklin R, and Smith PC. Use of maripotant (Cerenia®) for treatment of ulcerative dermatitis in mice on a C57BL/6 background. Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science. 50(2): 221-226, 2011.

Williams-Fritze MJ, Smith PC, Zelterman D, Carlson Scholz JA. Fructosamine reference ranges in Rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta). Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science. 50(4): 462-465, 2011.

Asselin KA , Scholz JC, Zeiss C. 2011. “Tracheal Adenocarcinoma in an Olive Baboon”. Comp Med 61(6): 546-51.
Where will vacancies be advertised?JAVMA, ASLAP
What month does the program begin?July

Living and Working

Starting Annual Salary$48,000
To what extent is travel to meetings, etc. paid for?AALAS and Charles River Short Course paid in full
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 coverageWeekend on-call duties approximately once every 8 weeks
How many annual vacation days are given?15
How many annual sick days are given?0
Briefly describe the communityThe sponsoring institution is Yale University, and training will take place within the Section of Comparative Medicine (CMed) at the Yale University School of Medicine. The West Haven Veteran’s Administration Medical Center contracts veterinary care for its vivarium through the Section of Comparative Medicine and Veterinary Clinical Services. Therefore, a portion of the residents’ clinical training occurs at this site. Yale University is an international leader in biomedical research, and as such, involvement in animal research, teaching, and testing is extensive and spans many departments, although most of the departments involved in animal research are within the School of Medicine. The Yale University School of Medicine is a renowned center for teaching and research. Approximately 50% of the total direct research funds of $218 million involve projects using laboratory animals. The School of Medicine currently ranks in the top five nationally among medical schools receiving NIH support. Founded in 1965, CMed has been an academic leader in comparative medicine for more than three decades. The current faculty of 22 members provides health care for Yale’s extensive animal resources program, maintain active and varied research programs, and offer research and clinical training in comparative medicine.
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