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 http://www.emory.edu/home/index.html
Post-Doctoral Training in Laboratory Animal Medicine
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 maintained include nonhuman primates, mice, rats, rabbits, swine, dogs, cats, sheep, birds, amphibians, and fish. Veterinary service resources include large animal surgery suites, necropsy suites, radiographic resources, diagnostic and research laboratory space.
2 residents are accepted every year. 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. 34 individuals having completed their training with us and 25 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 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.
Financial support and related
Pay begins at NIH scale. The NIH postdoctoral 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 http://www.hr.emory.edu/eu/benefits/index.html for detail.
Course Work, Seminars, Journal Club, Grand Rounds
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. At present, tuition for all graduate courses is waived. Courses are 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. Year 2 residents prepare one lecture each semester.
- 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.
Recommended Elective Course
- BIOS 505: Statistics for Experimental Biology.
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.
First year residents
Dr Juliane Johnston: Dr J. moved to Georgia from Michigan as a middle schooler, but still considers herself a true "Michigander". She attended Wake Forest University and obtained her B.S. in Biology. She then entered the Veterinary Medical Scientist Training Program (DVM/PhD) at the University of Georgia. She earned her Ph.D. in Physiology & Pharmacology in 2014 and DVM in 2016. Her first exposure to the world of research and laboratory animal medicine occurred during her years as a Demon Deacon. The field of laboratory animal medicine has proved to be a great way to combine the passion for research with that for animal welfare with the added bonus of working with a lot of cool animal species! The satisfaction and excitement in seeing medical advances accomplished through research that will benefit both humans and animals keeps her passion for laboratory animal medicine alive. She is particularly interested in neurodegenerative diseases, infectious diseases, and animal behavior. When not being overworked and underpaid as a resident she enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, and three mixed-breed dogs, Freyja, Lady Bug, and Dot engaged in activities that usually involve ice cream and board games.
Dr Shraddha Cantara: Dr. Cantara grew up just outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (GO STEELERS!), but is originally from Mumbai, India. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Biology at Juniata College in 2007 and then spent a few years working “in the real world” towards her goal of a career in veterinary medicine. She worked as a lab animal care technician at Duke University, which sparked her interest in laboratory animal medicine. She then pursued a Master’s degree in Cell Biology from The State University of New York – Albany in 2012 to explore the world of biomedical research. She attended The Ohio State University where she earned her DVM degree in 2016 (GO BUCKEYES!). She chose laboratory animal medicine as it offers the opportunity to care for a variety of animal species and help researchers in a rapidly advancing scientific community. Her research interests are varied and include analgesia refinement, enrichment, and diseases affecting lab animal species. She is also enjoys working to advance teaching/training methods for animal care staff, research staff, and researchers. In her presently scant free time, Shraddha likes to travel, cook, and spend time with her husband, family, friends and cats: Gadget, Meeko, and Vixen.
Second year residents
Dr Brenda Kick: Dr. Kick comes to us directly from colorful Colorado, where she completed her D.V.M. degree at Colorado State University. Her roots, however, are firmly planted in Madison, WI which explains her lust for cheese and Packers football. Her interests in laboratory animal medicine stemmed from her experience in undergrad at the Harlow Primate Laboratory, and she has been pursuing this field ever since. Her research interests include analgesia refinement, enrichment, and animal behavior. Outside of work, her life is spent with her husband and son enjoying the outdoors pursuing hikes, camping trips, boating, gardening, or just relaxing on a beach. While not outdoors, she spends time with her two cats (Max and Sadie) and rats (Wit and Biela). Having never lived in a large city before, she is excited for the opportunity to experience all Atlanta has to offer during her residency.
Dr Rachelle Stammen: Dr. Stammen comes to us from the Buckeye State. She grew up in a small farm town in Ohio and received her B.S. degree in Zoology from The Ohio State University in 2007. She was introduced to laboratory animal medicine when she got a job as a laboratory animal technician at a biomedical research center in Columbus, OH after graduating from OSU. Needless to say, she bleeds scarlet and gray. However, she ventured to SEC country when she attended Mississippi State University where she received her D.V.M. degree in 2015. Rachelle chose to stay in the field of laboratory animal medicine because of her love for nonhuman primates, the opportunity to work with a variety of species, and the integration of research, human medicine, and veterinary medicine. Her research interests include behavior and infectious diseases, especially virology. In her spare time, she loves to draw and paint, spend time outdoors with her boxer mix, Bryn, travel, and, of course, watch Buckeye football.
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 http://www.virmp.org/. It is important to note that the deadline for applications is November 8, 2015. As the November 8, 2015 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 ahead of the November 8, 2015 deadline.
Please direct all questions to:
- Douglas K. Taylor DVM, MS, DACLAM
- Emory University School of Medicine
- Division of Animal Resources
- Whitehead Biomedical Research Building
- Suite G02
- 615 Michael Street
- Atlanta, GA 30322
Last updated: 08.01.2016