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University of Michigan - Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine


The purpose of this externship is to expose veterinary students to the multiple aspects of laboratory animal medicine. Specifically, to improve and expand clinical skills through direct participation in clinical cases and clinical rounds, to expand knowledge base in the husbandry, biology, and diseases of common laboratory animal species, to become familiar with pathology on current cases, to observe and participate in animal surgeries, to learn principles basic to managing large colonies of laboratory animals, to gain exposure to research techniques pertaining to animal use, to become acquainted with general regulatory requirements, and to learn the fundamental principles pertaining to biohazards and occupational safety. The University of Michigan has all of the classic laboratory animal species (mouse, rat, etc...), as well as nonhuman primates, sheep and pigs and degus. Additionally we have a large clinical residency program that provides training in the specialty of laboratory animal medicine to graduate veterinarians. Our facilities include ~ 37 buildings, 3 campuses, 2 biostations and a sheep farm.


Associated Veterinarians and special expertise available

Faculty includes professionals with specialties in laboratory animal medicine, pathology and surgery.

  • Melissa C Dyson DVM, MS, DACLAM
  • Lesley A Colby; DVM, MS, DACLAM
  • Howard G. Rush; DVM, MS, ACLAM (Director)
  • Robert C. Dysko; DVM, ACLAM (Asst. Director) Patrick Lester, DVM, MS, DACLAM
  • J. Erby Wilkinson; DVM, PhD, DACVP
  • Kathryn A. Eaton, DVM, PhD, DACVP
  • Ingrid Bergin, DVM, DACLAM, DACVP
  • Daniel Myers, Jr.; DVM, DACLAM
  • Jean Nemzek; DVM, MS, DACVS

Educational Resources

  • extended library of laboratory animal texts
  • University of Michigan library system
  • internet access


Students are expected to be present 8am-5pm Monday- Friday. Additionally opportunities may be available after hours or on weekends but are not required. Students must dress and behave professionally. Students will be assigned a project to be completed during the externship. The student will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  1. Professional conduct
  2. Attendance/Participation
  3. Clinical acumen
  4. Completion and quality of assigned projects

Student Supervision

Veterinary staff will be available at all times students are within the facilities Monday-Friday 8am to 5pm.



Practice Information

Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine
018 Animal Research Facility
1150 West Medical Center Drive
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-0614

Ph: (734) 615-7179
Fx: (734) 936-3235


Updated: 8/7/09
Signature on file: Dr. Melissa Dyson

Ann Arbor, MI
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