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University of Wisconsin Research Animal Resources Center

experience in laboratory animal pathology. Species seen at the Research
Animal Resources Center (RARC) include rats, mice, other rodents,
zebrafish, captive wildlife used in research, dogs and cats, and
agricultural species. Diagnostic modalities to be explored include
necropsy and histopathology in combination with microbiology, serology,
molecular testing, and parasitology. Understanding of the special
challenges presented by transgenic mice will be emphasized.
externship is directed at students interested in pursuing a residency
in veterinary pathology. Experience in laboratory animal necropsy with
special attention to distinct anatomical structures of laboratory
rodents and diseases of research animals is offered. There is emphasis
on comparative pathology and transgenic mouse models of human disease.
There are opportunities for short rotations at the Wisconsin Veterinary
Diagnostic Laboratory, the Wisconsin Primate Research Center (WPRC), the
School of Veterinary Medicine, the National Wildlife Health Laboratory,
and Covance, all of whom employ veterinary pathologists in the Madison
Five diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists at the RARC and WPRC.

Three diplomates of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine at the RARC.

Multiple Boarded specialists within 5 minutes walking distance at
the School of Veterinary Medicine and the Wisconsin Veterinary
Diagnostic Laboratory.
online access to all major veterinary journals, as well as an extremely
well-equipped specialized laboratory animal library in the building.
Computer, microscope, and workspace provided. Weekly laboratory animal
rounds; biweekly rounds for dermatopathology and diagnostic cases.
Monthly transgenic mouse pathology rounds. Monthly morbidity and
mortality rounds. Monthly comparative pathology rounds that include
pathology of humans.
student is expected to attend necropsies during the course of the
rotation, as well as assume responsibility for histopathology on at
least one case. The student will learn how necropsy and histopathology
reports are written; there will be close supervision by the attending
pathologist. The student is expected to develop and complete a written
project, as well as make a short presentation to the RARC veterinary
staff on a topic of importance to laboratory animal medicine. A positive
attitude and willingness to learn are important.
senior student will have access to the veterinary staff of ~15
veterinarians associated with the RARC and the Wisconsin Primate
Research Center, including five pathologists, for eight hours per day
and five days per week during his/er rotation. The student is not
expected to be on call during the rotation unless s/he wishes to be.
University of Wisconsin Research Animal Resources Center
1710 University Avenue

Madison WI 53726
Denise J. Schwahn, PhD, DVM, DACVP
Updated: 03/22/11
Madison, WI