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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.

According to the 2018 ACLAM/ASLAP salary survey:

  • 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.