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Veterinary Residency Program

Residency Training in Laboratory Animal Medicine at Emory University

Emory University and Atlanta

Emory University is a private institution in the metropolitan Atlanta area. The campus stands on 631 wooded acres 6 miles northeast of downtown Atlanta and is part of a community of institutions committed to education and biomedical research that includes the Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia State University, The University of Georgia, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The total student population of 14,769 consists of 6,940 graduate and professional students and 7,829 undergraduate students. For more information, visit


Training is provided to residents through experiences in the Division of Animal Resources (DAR) of the Emory University School of Medicine (SOM) and the DAR of the Yerkes National Primate Research Center (YNPRC). The veterinary services programs of these two entities include animal health surveillance, veterinary medical care, veterinary pathology, husbandry and maintenance of laboratory animals, procurement of all animals used in teaching and research, quarantine and stabilization of procured animals, technical assistance with animal studies, and consultation/assistance to faculty and students in the use and study of laboratory animals. Species typically maintained include nonhuman primates, mice, rats, rabbits, swine, sheep, songbirds, amphibians, and fish. Veterinary service resources include large animal surgery suites, necropsy suites, radiographic resources, diagnostic and research laboratory space.

The program has been in existence since 1987 and has been recognized by the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM) since 2007. The ACLAM-recognized program is 2 years in duration and trainees will be offered the opportunity to participate in an additional 3rd year fellowship at either the YNPRC or in the SOM DAR. 2 residents are accepted every year and so there are typically 6 trainees in the program each year. 38 individuals having completed their training with us and 28 are currently ACLAM board certified.

Training encompasses 3 focus areas: laboratory animal clinical medicine and pathology, comprehensive didactic training, and research experience. During the two years, trainees devote approximately half of their time to laboratory animal medicine and didactic work, and half time to research activities. Clinical work reinforces didactic study and provides the opportunity for hands on working experience. Participation in the animal resources program provides experiences in preventive medicine, quarantine and stabilization, interpretation of clinical laboratory data, disease diagnosis, and technical manipulation of research animals, therapy for and control of animal diseases, and experimental surgery and post-operative care. In addition to the foregoing, trainees are exposed to the broad spectrum of other activities in the animal resource program; Trainees interact with investigators providing advice on animal selection, experimental design, techniques of animal experimentation, and on health and environmental variables as they may affect research. Trainees are non-voting members of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, and participate in review of animal study protocols and the semi-annual review of the animal resources program and facilities. Under the guidance of the YNPRC and University of Georgia veterinary pathologists, trainees are responsible for the clinical and anatomic pathological evaluations of animals. Cases are selected from among animals submitted for health surveillance from commercial vendors, breeding colonies, sentinel animals from colony rooms, and from among medical cases.


The didactic component of training consists of a core of courses supplemented by seminars, and monthly journal clubs and grand rounds. These courses provide a structured mechanism for coverage of information on the biology and medicine of laboratory animals, including management, care, breeding, diseases and experimental techniques. Tuition for all graduate courses is waived. Courses are offered through the Emory Graduate School and coordinated and taught by DAR-SOM, YNPRC, and associated faculty members from the Atlanta VA hospital, Georgia State University, Georgia Tech, and the Centers for Disease Control. CDC and UGA trainees also attend the Emory-based courses making for a very enriching learning environment.

Core Courses

  • IBS 570: Essentials of Animal Experimentation, 1 credit. Spring of even-numbered years
  • IBS 690: Comparative Pathology Slide Conference, 1 credit. Every semester.
  • IBS 691: Biology and Medicine of Rodents and Rabbits, 3 credits. Fall of even-numbered years
  • IBS 692: Biology and Medicine of Nonhuman Primates and Exotic Animals, 3 credits. Fall of odd-numbered years.
  • Management Colloquium, 1 contact hour per week (15 hours total). Spring of odd-numbered years.

Research Training

Approximately 50% of the first year is spent engaged in a hypothesis-based research project chosen by the trainee. 20% of the time in year 2 is also made available if needed. The mentors for these projects can be any Emory faculty member, including veterinarians within DAR-SOM and YNPRC. These projects will culminate in a first-author publication which will qualify the trainee to sit for the ACLAM certifying examination. To date, all trainees have been successful in completing projects and publishing results. Recent publications by trainees include the following:

Collura, L.A. Hoffman J.B. Wilson M.E. 2009. Leptin differential affects parameters of cortisol secretion in socially-housed female rhesus monkeys. Endocrine 36(3): 530-37.

Veeder, C.L., Bloomsmith M.A., McMillan J.L., Perlman J.E., Martin A.L. 2009. Positive reinforcement training to enhance the voluntary movement of group-housed sooty mangabeys (Cercocebus atys atys). JAALAS 48(2):192-5.

Lee, V.K. Tiwary AK. Sharma-Reddy P., Lieber KA., Taylor, D.K., and Mook DM. 2009. Moxidectin toxicity in senescence-accelerated prone and resistant mice. Comp Med 59 (3): 1-7.

Jean, S.M., Sharma P., Taylor D., and Mook D. 2009. Cyclosporine-induced gingival overgrowth in New Zealand White rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus). Comp Med. 59(4):357-62.

Arce, M., V. Michopoulos, K.N. Shepard, Q.C. Ha, and M.E. Wilson. 2010. Diet choice, cortisol reactivity, and emotional feeding in socially housed rhesus monkeys. Physiol Behav 101 (4): 446-455.

Coble, D., D.K. Taylor, and D.M. Mook. 2011. The Analgesic Effects of Xylazine Hydrochloride, Meloxicam, and Flunixin Meglumine in African-Clawed Frogs (Xenopus laevis). JAALAS 50(3): 355-360.

Freebersyser, J.E., M.T. Drake, L.K. Riley, M.H. Myles, and R.S. Livingston. 2010. Evaluation of a commercial colorimetric fecal dipstick assay for the detection of Helicobacter hepaticus infections in laboratory mice. JAALAS 49(3): 312-315.

Matthews, K.M. and D.K. Taylor. 2011. Assessment of Sterility in Fluid Bags Maintained for Chronic Use. JAALAS 50(5): 708-712.

Asher, J., V. Michopoulos, K.M. Redding, M.E. Wilson, and D. Toufexis. 2013. Social stress and the polymorphic region of the serotonin reuptake transporter gene modify oestradiol-induced changes on central monoamine concentrations in female rhesus monkeys. J Neuroendocrinol 25(4): 321-328.

Wood, J.S., C.L. Courtney, K.A. Lieber, and V.K. Lee. 2013. Safety and efficacy of topical lime sulfur in mice infested with Myocoptes musculinus. JAALAS 52(3): 259-264.

Davis, J.N., C. L. Courtney, H. Superak, and D.K. Taylor.2014. Behavioral, Clinical, and Pathological Changes in Female Mice Receiving Repeated Intraperitoneal Injections. Lab Anim.43(4): 131-139.


Jones, AC,
J.G. Herndon, C.L. Courtnesy, L. Collura, and J.K. Cohen.2014.Clinicopathologic characteristics, prevalence, and risk factors of spontaneous diabetes in sooty mangabeys (Cercocebus atys).Comp. Med.64(3): 200-201.


Smith, GR,
L. Bauer, M.M. Crane, and Z.P. Johnson.2015.Immunogenetic characterization of a captive colony of sooty mangabeys (Cercocebus atys) used for SIV research.J Med Primatol. 44(2): 76-88.

Clemmons, E.A., M.I. Stovall, D.C. Owens, J.A. Scott, A.C. Jones-Wilkes, D.J. Kempf, and K.F. Ethun. 2016. Accuracy of human and veterinary point-of-care glucometers for use in rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta), sooty mangabeys (Cercocebus atys), and chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes). JAALAS. 55(3): 346-353.

Daggett, G.J., C.Zhao, F. Connor-Stroud, P. Oviedo-Morenoa, H. Moon, M.W. Cho, T. Moench, D.J. Anderson, and F. Villinger. 2017. Comparison of the vaginal environment in rhesus and cynomolgus macaques pre- and post-lactobacillus colonization. J Med Primatol

Current Trainees

First year residents

Martina Jackson:  A proud “Jersey girl”, Dr. Jackson hails from northern New Jersey. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Biology at New Jersey Institute of Technology in 2014. Originally contemplating medical school, her love of non-human animals caused her to gravitate toward veterinary medicine. She went on to earn her VMD from the University of Pennsylvania in 2018. While there, she sought a career that suited her interests in benefitting both animals and people, hence her passion for laboratory animal medicine. Dr. Jackson hopes to build a career promoting relevant research, providing proper clinical guidance, and ensuring the welfare of all the animals in her care. Her interests are varied but focused on nonhuman primate medicine, endocrine diseases, behavior, and the effects of stress. If she’s not chasing her corgi-beagle mix, Bruce, around the house, Martina is volunteering, cooking, traveling, and enjoying all things that “glitter”.

Wai Hanson:  Dr. Hanson grew up in New York and completed her Bachelor’s degree in Zoology at the University of New Hampshire. Winter being what it is in that region, she came south and earned her PhD in Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Georgia. While she developed a passion for cancer research, an interest in laboratory animal medicine was also cultivated, and she went on to obtain her DVM degree from the University of Georgia in 2018. Working in laboratory animal medicine has been the perfect way for Dr. Hanson to marry her love of biomedical research, clinical medicine, and animal welfare. Although she enjoys working with animals of all shapes and sizes, she gravitates toward mouse models for biomedical research. In her free time, Wai enjoys spending time with her husband traveling, eating, and taking care of the livestock-- 1 dog, 3 cats, 4 turtles, and 2 tortoises.

Second year residents

Dr Crystal Gergye: Dr. Gergye is a military brat that lived in 10 different states before settling into the warm, sunny climes of Georgia in 2011. She first encountered laboratory animal medicine as she was completing her Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Poultry Science at the University of Georgia. It was during that period that she discovered she could combine her love of animals and science to pursue a rewarding career in biomedical research. Dr. Gergye obtained her DVM degree from UGA in 2017 and has worked at various research institutions including Cornell University and the Royal Veterinary College, London. Throughout her education she has enjoyed both bench top research and laboratory animal care. Her main interests include pathology, animal enrichment strategies, and animal welfare. Dr. Gergye is passionate about the marriage between biomedical research and veterinary medicine that complete a One Health initiative benefitting humans, animals, and the environment. In her free time, Dr. Gergye is an avid backpacker and loves to travel to exotic locations. At home, she and her husband are loyal Bulldogs fans and spend most of their time entertaining their three spoiled dogs.

Dr Rachele Bochart: Dr. Bochart grew up in the ‘Rose City’ of Portland, Oregon. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Zoology at Oregon State University in 2009 (GO BEAVERS!). She was introduced to the laboratory animal field during her time at OSU through a neurology research laboratory. There, she began to develop a passion for biomedical research and advancing animal and human healthcare. In 2010, she started working with nonhuman primates at the Oregon National Primate Research Center as a laboratory animal technician and then as a research assistant for the Division of Pathobiology and Immunology. She fell in love with nonhuman primates, expanded her interest for biomedical advancements, and cultivated her curiosity for infectious diseases. She returned to OSU to earn her DVM in 2017. Her main interests are nonhuman primate medicine, vaccine development, infectious diseases, and animal behavior. Rachele enjoys spending time with her three year old French bulldog Axel, hiking, traveling, and watching sports.

Financial support and related

Salary follows the NRSA Postdoctoral stipend scale The pay scales are posted annually by NIH sometime between October 1 and the spring dependent upon passage of the federal budget by Congress. Benefits including health and disability insurance are available; see for detail.

Applying to the program

Applications for the laboratory animal/comparative medicine training program will be managed using the Veterinary Internship and Residency Matching Program (VIRMP) administered by the American Association of Veterinary Clinicians (AAVC). All pertinent details regarding the application process and deadlines can be found at It is important to note that the deadline for applications is November 4, 2018. As the November 4 deadline is distinct from the deadline used by 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 in time for the unique deadline.

Please direct all questions to:

Douglas K. Taylor DVM, MS, DACLAM
Senior Veterinarian and Training Program Director
Emory University School of Medicine
Division of Animal Resources
Whitehead Biomedical Research Building
Suite G02
615 Michael Street
Atlanta, GA 30322

Last updated: 09.6.2018