Residency Program in Laboratory Animal Medicine at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. The Salk Institute Animal Resources Department (ARD) has a position open for a Residency in Laboratory Animal Medicine starting September 3rd, 2019. The program is ACLAM approved. The recruitment is outside the Veterinary Internship/Residency Matching Program (VIRMP). The Laboratory Animal Medicine (LAM) residency training program at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, CA is designed to prepare veterinarians for a career in LAM and fulfills eligibility requirements for the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM) certifying examination.
The Program’s Objectives:
1. Participate in the prevention, diagnosis, control, and treatment of spontaneous and research-related diseases found in common laboratory animals including, but not limited to, mice, rats, rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, naked mole rats and nonhuman primates;
2. Participate in the pain and behavioral management of common laboratory animals (see above);
3. Provide diagnostic, surgical, anesthetic and imaging services to the Salk scientific community;
4. Provide consultation and advice on compliance with animal welfare laws, regulations, and standards to the Salk scientific community under the guidance of the Salk veterinarians;
5. Provide consultative services and instruction to the Salk scientific community on varying aspects of laboratory animal medicine and science including, but not limited to, animal restraint, sample collection, aseptic surgery, anesthesia and analgesia, as well as alternatives to minimize, alleviate, or prevent pain and distress;
6. Participate in the activities of the Salk Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC);
7. Participate in the preparation for and process of AAALACi accreditation;
8. Work in the development and management of animal husbandry practices, cage wash and biosecurity programs;
9. Design, implement, and publish a hypothesis driven research project under the guidance of a Salk faculty or the ARD Veterinarians.
The Laboratory Animal Medicine Training Program is a 36-month program with a 24-month period dedicated to clinical activities and a 12-month period largely focusing on basic or laboratory animal research.
Courses and Activities: The LAM Residency Training Program incorporates rotations within the ARD services to gain experience in the medical, surgical, anesthetic and behavioral management of a variety of laboratory animal models used at the Institute, including, but not limited to, mice, rats, rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, naked mole rats and nonhuman primates. Residents will also have the opportunity to spend time at collaborating institutions in San Diego and elsewhere to be exposed to other species such as ruminants, avian and aquatics as well as work with experts in veterinary anesthesia and imaging. The LAM resident will participate in structured, regularly scheduled, didactic sessions including (but not limited to):
1. Weekly reviews of the ACLAM Blue book series and other relevant literature;
2. Web-based board review/preparation sessions
organized every 2-3 weeks by the Salk for LAM residents throughout the United States;
3. Live or web-based pathology rounds organized at the Salk or collaborating institutions such as UCSD, UC Davis, Stanford University or the San Diego Zoo;
4. Grand rounds organized at the Salk and at UCSD;
5. Organized mock boards review sessions;
6. Courses and/or opportunities to attend conferences in laboratory animals and on the ethics and regulatory framework of laboratory animal research and medicine.
The LAM resident will be assigned to review protocol as part of the Salk’s IACUC activities under the supervision of Salk Veterinarians. During this time, the resident will be expected to review animal care and use protocols, provide guidance to investigators submitting protocols, and participate in semi-annual facility inspections and program reviews. LAM Residents will also be expected to participate in the teaching of veterinary and veterinary technician externs and present at grand rounds at the Salk and neighboring institutions. Research activities The LAM Resident will be involved in and provided with protected time for independent research activities within a laboratory at the Salk or within the Animal Resources Department under the mentorship of the veterinarians. These opportunities are designed to generate first-author, hypothesis driven, peer-reviewed publications and meet minimal publication standards for application to the ACLAM board.
DVM/VMD degree from an AVMA?accredited school (or completed all ECFVG or PAVE requirements) Strong Interest in laboratory animal medicine and developing expertise in research License to practice veterinary medicine in California or another US state in good standing. Capable of getting licensed in California within 90 days of hire.
LAM resident performance will be assessed on a semi-annual basis by the Director of the program. Individual performance will also be evaluated yearly by an advisory committee composed of an outside mentor from a collaborating institution, the Director of the Program, the Salk Attending Veterinarian, and a scientific faculty member. Semi-annual evaluations will be documented and based on trainee’s performance in daily rounds, presentations, satisfactory completion of identified goals, and feedback solicited from staff, key scientific community members (as recipients of services rendered), and from externship site faculty. The purpose of the semi-annual review is to identify challenges or obstacles to satisfactory scores for the annual review and for the program faculty members to get valuable feedback to ensure that the program is running smoothly for the resident. Continuing appointments after the first and second years are contingent upon satisfactory performance during the preceding year.
Must be willing to work in an animal-related research environment. Satisfactory completion of the Institute’s background investigation. Rotating weekend duties required Must be able to work in a controlled environment wearing personal protective attire. As a safeguard for employees and animals, all ARD employees may be subject to vaccines/test/physical exams prior to working with specific animals and populations as required by research needs including but not limited to: TB Testing/Clearance/Hepatitis B/Rabies/ Tetanus/ Diphtheria/ Measles/ Other vaccines/test as required by Occupational Health & Safety Standards
Interested persons should apply to this position via https://www.salk.edu/about/careers/ before July 15, 2019. Selected applicants will be required to furnish a cover letter stating career goals and their curriculum vitae, veterinary and graduate school transcripts, and the names, addresses, e?mail addresses and telephone numbers of at least 3 professional references (additional references may be required).
Internal Number: G623
About Salk Institute for Biological Studies
The Salk Institute for Biological Studies is one of the world's preeminent basic research institutions, where internationally renowned faculty probe fundamental life science questions in a unique, collaborative, and creative environment. Focused on both discovery and mentoring future generations of researchers, Salk scientists make groundbreaking contributions to our understanding of cancer, aging, Alzheimer's, diabetes, and cardiovascular disorders by studying neuroscience, genetics, cell and plant biology, and related disciplines. Faculty achievements have been recognized with numerous honors, including Nobel Prizes and memberships in the National Academy of Sciences. Founded in 1960 by polio vaccine pioneer Jonas Salk, M.D., the Institute is an independent nonprofit organization and architectural landmark.
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