DVM/MS in Lab Animal Medicine Career Opportunities

DVM/MSLAM graduates can become leaders in the field of laboratory animal medicine. Many exciting opportunities exist including academia, industry (biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies) and government positions. Laboratory animal medicine experts are involved in veterinary care, teaching, animal resource management, refinement of animal models, development of alternatives to animals in research and independent research.

As stated in the ACLAM site: “Overall, the average income from primary employment for laboratory animal veterinarians during the 2011 was $162,336, a rise of 6.1% from the 2008 reporting period. The average overall income for 2008 was corrected for inflation to 2011 constant dollars ($159,887) using the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Site, average income rose by 1.5% between 2008 and 2011. Secondary income, principally from professional consulting sources was reported by 172 respondents, and averaged $17,154 during 2011 (range $400 to $202,960), compared to $19,200 during 2008 (range $50 to $250,000), a drop of 10.7% (14.5% inflation –adjusted) since the last survey. The average hourly rate for secondary income was $270 for ACLAM Diplomates and $148 for non-ACLAM Diplomates. During the period for December 2008 to December 2011, the Consumer Price Index for all urban consumers rose 7.3%. The entire survey results may be found on the Members Only section of the ACLAM Website.

Many exciting opportunities for DVM/MS in Laboratory Animal Medicine graduates exist including academia, industry (biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies) and government positions.