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The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital


This experience will give the veterinary student exposure and involvement with the following:

  • Clinical rounds and treatments for laboratory animals. Species will include: rhesus monkeys, cynomolgus monkeys, rats, mice, chinchillas, zebra fish, xenopus frogs.
  • Involvement with daily vivarium operations and the challenges that occur within the vivarium, including environmental issues, training, technical procedures with laboratory animals, environmental enrichment, health monitoring, and collaboration with research staff.
  • Information on occupational health and safety in the laboratory animal field.
  • Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) protocol review.
  • Understanding of and involvement with vivarium preparation for an AAALAC site visit.
  • Observation and an opportunity to participate with daily husbandry and cage wash activities.
  • Orientation and an opportunity to understand how regulations and regulatory agencies (mandatory and voluntary) impact the field of laboratory animal medicine. (USDA, PHS, OSHA, DEA, AAALAC)
  • Opportunities to meet research staff and learn about their use of laboratory animals as models for their research.


Associate Veterinarians and special expertise available

  • Dr. Jim Cooper is a graduate of Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine and is a diplomate of both the American college of Laboratory Animal Medicine as well as the American College of Toxicology.
  • Laurie Goodchild is a graduate of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine and has 18 years of clincial experience with laboratory animals.

Educational Resources

Students will have access to a variety of laboratoy animal medicine books including: the entire ACLAM series on laboratory animal medicine, specie references, anesthesia and analgesia, The Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals. Students will also have access to the AALAS Learning Library (online training database), JAALAS and Comparative Medicine. Opportunities will also be available to attend research presentations on various research topics.


Students are expected to be punctual, dependable, respectful to staff and the animals, and be open and willing to learn in a variety of settings.

Student Supervision

Students will have access to a veterinarian at all times when they are on the research premises.



Practice Information

The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital
700 Children's Drive
Columbus, OH 43205

Ph: 614-355-3561
Fax: 614-355-3550


Updated: 04/01/10
Signature On File: Dr. Laurie Goodchild and Dr. Jim Cooper

Columbus, OH
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