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University of Colorado Office of Laboratory Animal Resources

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
303-724-2322
303-724-2327
Jori Leszczynski, DVM, DACLAM
Posted: 11/19/13
Location: 
Denver, CO
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