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Lab Animal Medicine / Research

Discussion in 'Pre-Veterinary' started by rosemma, Apr 29, 2007.

  1. rosemma

    rosemma MSU CVM c/o 2012 7+ Year Member

    Feb 14, 2007
    So I am applying to vet school this year and at this point in my life my career goal is to do research / lab animal medicine. My question is what are the best schools to apply to for this? I have heard Cornell, but how do I read more up on this, not just from the schools websites? Any tips or suggestions from anyone else that is wanting to do research would really help out. Thanks!
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  3. Pigsfoot

    Pigsfoot Illinois Class of 2014! 5+ Year Member

    Feb 20, 2007
    chicago, Urbana, IL
    Tufts has a dual degree program, DVM and MS in lab animal medicine-

    also-Drexel has an Masters in laboratory animal science which some people here on the board have done if they havent gotten in to vet school to make their application more appealing. here's the link for that:

    or you can go anywhere and find an internship/residency as a lab animal vet after you're done with vet school-you can find info about that on the AALAS website:

    Where I work, we just hired a vet straight out of a residency and I believe she went to iowa or something like that.

    do you work in lab animal research currently?
  4. rosemma

    rosemma MSU CVM c/o 2012 7+ Year Member

    Feb 14, 2007
    I currently work in a lab with a veterinarian that specializes in pathology. I also work in a small animal clinic. I am just trying to get some experience. Any other suggestions on how to make my background stronger?
  5. chris03333

    chris03333 Veterinarian 7+ Year Member

    Jan 21, 2005
    The University of Missouri-Columbia is considered one of the best schools for lab animal/comparative medicine. Cornell is considered good for research, but is not really known for lab animal medicine (there program is relatively new). So the question is are you more research driven (PhD type) or do you want to get board certified (DACLAM)? You can look at programs (post DVM) at:
    Missouri's program:
  6. Angie09

    Angie09 Penn c/o 2012 5+ Year Member

    Aug 28, 2006
    Davis and Penn both have great research opportunities and tons of research funding, with a heavy focus on publishing. Not sure about lab animal.
  7. Monkey85

    Monkey85 Penn Vet 2011 2+ Year Member

    Feb 11, 2007
    Penn just started (in 2006) a 3 year residency program in lab animal medicine. I am not sure how much is available during your 4 years of vet school but if they have a residency program they at least have the resources to pursue it. I've worked in a biomedical primate research lab for 2 years and our current veterinarian went to Iowa State (or Univ. of Iowa, which ever one has the vet school), but I am not sure if he did a residency somewhere else. Good luck applying.

    Here's Penn's Lab Animal website:

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