Residency Program

Distinguishing Features

The residency in laboratory animal medicine is a three year program designed to prepare the incumbent for a productive career in laboratory animal medicine, to partially fulfill the requirements for board eligibility of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM), and to fulfill the requirements for a MS degree. 

He/she will participate in the clinical practice of laboratory animal medicine and in the instructional program on a full-time basis.  Residents rotate through the Veterinary School and University vivaria, two human medical research facilities, and one of two primate centers.  Time will be scheduled for didactic instruction, rounds, seminars, guided self-study, and participation in biomedical research.  Enrollment in up to eight (regular session) or five (summer session) credit hours of graduate academic studies per semester will be scheduled.

Each year the appointment will be reviewed, with reappointment contingent upon satisfactory completion of the previous year's program.


DVM or its equivalent.

Completion of the National Board Examination and a State Board of Veterinary Medicine examination.

Academic qualifications acceptable for admission to the LSU Graduate School.

Salary and Benefits

$37,000/year with a $1,000 annual increase, plus medical insurance.

Functions and Duties

Participate in clinical and diagnostic laboratory animal medicine service under the supervision of a board-certified laboratory animal clinician.

Participate in the didactic and tutorial instructional programs of the School of Veterinary Medicine.

Residents will complete a MS degree in any area of science, preferably Pathology.  Students may elect to work with a mentor from the School of Veterinary Medicine, LSU-Main Campus, or Pennington Biomedical Research Center.