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DVM/MS in Laboratory Animal Medicine

DVM/MS–Laboratory Animal Medicine (DVM/MS-LAM) graduates are well-prepared to become leaders in the field of laboratory animal medicine. Exciting and challenging opportunities abound in academia, industry (biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies), and government settings. Responsible for the humane care and use of animals in research, teaching and testing, laboratory animal medicine experts provide care and oversee the management and care of a broad range of species at the individual and population-based level. They are responsible for veterinary care, teaching, animal resource management, technical study support, experimental surgery and the development and refinement of animal models. Laboratory animal veterinarians are valuable research collaborators and may conduct independent research.

The specialty of Laboratory Animal Medicine offers intellectual challenge and the opportunity to advance human and animal health, promote laboratory animal welfare. Employment opportunities are excellent.  For additional information we refer you to the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM), and the American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners (ASLAP) .  A recent survey shows:

The mean income from primary employment for laboratory animal veterinarians (pooling ACLAM Diplomates and non-ACLAM diplomates) was $172, 273.

  • There was near-zero unemployment and very low underemployment for laboratory animal veterinarians, with professional income continuing to outpace inflation.
  • There were 46 active training programs in laboratory animal medicine with a total of 187 enrolled or graduating residents.