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Laboratory Animal Medicine Residency (Minnesota)


Program description

The Laboratory Animal Medicine Residency is a three-year training program that provides a focused background in laboratory animal medicine against the backdrop of a broad program in biomedical research. The program is intended to provide an environment for veterinarians to develop clinical and critical thinking skills needed to responsibly function within programs of laboratory animal care. Further, the program provides residents with experience and insight with respect to research design and study execution.

The program is part of the Minnesota Laboratory Animal Medicine Consortium, which has been formed as a collaboration between the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis-St. Paul and Mayo Clinic in Rochester. As part of the consortium, the didactic component is shared between the University of Minnesota and Mayo Clinic. The vast majority of hands-on clinical and research training is provided by Mayo Clinic.

Residents receive training in:

  • Clinical laboratory animal medicine and surgery
  • Anatomic and clinical pathology
  • Vivarium design and management
  • Regulations governing the use of laboratory animals
  • Biomedical research models

Residency components include:

  • Independent veterinary patient care
  • One-on-one mentoring
  • Completion of a research project
  • Teaching responsibilities
  • Presentation of clinical or research data at a national meeting
  • Didactic training

Program goals

The goals of this program are to:

  • Provide clinical and didactic training to meet the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM) Training Program Standards:
    • At least 2,000 hours of supervised clinical experience in laboratory animal medicine
    • At least 200 hours of didactic training in the form of seminars, journal club, clinical conferences and board preparation sessions
  • Support the design, conduct and completion of a mentored research project for first-author publication in a peer-reviewed journal
  • Provide the necessary training for residents to meet all requirements for certification by ACLAM
  • Support the mission, vision and values of Mayo Clinic
  • Promote Mayo Clinic's reputation as an industry leader of excellence in research
  • Prepare residents to be highly skilled critical thinkers who embrace lifelong learning


The Minnesota Laboratory Animal Medicine Consortium is recognized by the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine.


Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, includes an extensive outpatient complex and substantial research and education facilities. This Mayo Clinic site is among the largest, most advanced medical centers in the world.

There are five vivaria on the Rochester campus. Three facilities are on the main downtown campus, with one additional facility 1 mile away from the main campus, and a 100-acre offsite facility 4 miles away. Each facility has at least one necropsy suite, some with specialized equipment for large species. Advanced imaging and procedure suites support CT, MRI, SPECT, proton-beam therapy and bi-plane fluoroscopy. Specialized housing facilities and equipment is utilized for behavioral phenotyping, metabolic analysis and germ-free housing.

During the program, residents spend the vast majority of their time in the vivaria and research facilities of Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota. The remainder of the time is spent at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities to gain exposure to species, procedures and facilities not present at Mayo Clinic. The vivaria at the University of Minnesota total approximately 250,000 square feet distributed among 22 buildings on the Minneapolis-St. Paul campuses. External rotations may also be arranged with local research facilities to further broaden the resident's exposure to a variety of laboratory animal environments.


Upon successful completion of the Laboratory Animal Medicine Residency, residents receive a certificate of completion.


Residents are expected to be on-site during normal business hours and extended hours may be required on occasion. Independent learning and assignments often occur outside of this time frame. Residents also participate in the weekend and evening on-call schedule.

Class size

Each year, the Laboratory Animal Medicine Residency admits one resident at each site (Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota).