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 along with at least one of two local primate centers.  Time will be scheduled for didactic instruction, rounds, seminars, guided self-study, and participation in biomedical research.  Residents are considered employees and have access to the university health plans and retirement.

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.


Applicants will apply through the Veterinary Intership and Residency Matching Program (VIRMP,  Typically, we are searching for applicants every two out of three years.  Typically, applicants would apply in the fall of the year, match in the early spring of the following year, and then start their program in the July of the same year they matched.

Functions and Duties

Participate in clinical and diagnostic laboratory animal medicine service under the supervision of ACLAM diplomates.

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.  Students may elect to work with a mentor from the School of Veterinary Medicine, LSU-Main Campus, or Pennington Biomedical Research Center.