University of Colorado Office of Laboratory Animal Resources

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Laboratory Animal Medicine
The Office of Laboratory Animal Resources (OLAR) is the group that oversees and supports laboratory animal research at the University of Colorado Denver. The main site is at the Anschutz Medical Campus and has two 50,000 sq. foot vivariums with 8 additional smaller sattelite facilities that the veterinary group supports. There are approximately 60,000 - 70,000 animals that OLAR takes care of with the primary species being mice. However there are also rats, gerbils, hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits, chinchillas, pigs, sheep, calves, frogs, and fish. The student will gain knowlege in all of these species in the areas of laboratory animal medicine and management including working with the 4 veterinarians on site on clinical care, regulatory issues, management issues, researcher support, husbandry, surgery, etc.
Modern vivariums (main facilities built in 2004 and 2008 totalling 100,000 sq. ft), 4 board certified laboratory animal veterinarians, 10 veterinary technicians, two large operating rooms with monitoring equipment, imaging (echo, micro-PET, micro-CT, micro-MRI, MRI, PET, CT), 300 PIs working in areas of cancer, neurology, stem cells, down syndrom, developmental biology, GI, skin disorders, altitude, maternal-fetal medicine, ocular diseases, hearing, etc. We also have relationships with CSU, CU Boulder, and National Jewish Health and usually have the students perform at least day visits to those institutions while on rotation.
We have a full medical library where we can access many journals or request them. Also have a small library of reference material in the department. Director (Jori Leszczynski) is an adjunct professor at CSU and can access their library. All faculty are also adjuncts to Western U college of Vet Med and can access their library materials. We perform weekly rounds in all areas, weekly management level meetings, monthly IACUC meeting, twice monthly amendment meeting for IACUC, every other week veterinary staff meeting, regular hands on training classes.
Students will be expected to attend all scheduled meetings (IACUC meeting, IACUC amendment meeting, Management Meeting, Departmental Staff Meeting, Vet Staff meeting), attend rounds with the clinical veterinarians where they will be asked questions about clinical cases (and may be expected to perform further research on what is found during rounds), work in all areas of the facility to get an idea of the entire operation of an animal facility, participate in hands on laboratory training, assist during surgeries to the level of their ability, at the end of the rotation make a presentation to the veterinary staff about a non-traditional laboratory animal species OR an approved topic of the student's choice.
The student will ultimately be supervised by the Director of OLAR, Jori Leszczynski. On a daily basis, one of the clinical veterinarians, or another supervisory level person on the OLAR staff (depending on the task being performed). In general, the student will be able to directly access one of the veterinarians at almost any time during the rotation.
University of Colorado Denver
1784 Racine St., Bldg 401, Room R09-224
Mail Stop F531
Aurora, CO 80045
Jori [dot] Leszczynski [at] ucdenver [dot] edu
Jori Leszczynski, DVM, DACLAM
Posted: 11/19/13