ACLAM Clinical Training

Stanford has a large and diverse population of animal species and participants in our laboratory animal medicine training program have substantial clinical caseloads.  Participants provide clinical care for all the species at Stanford and are given responsibility not only for individual clinical care, but also for evaluating and resolving colony and management issues during their clinical rotations, thus providing excellent preparation for their future careers. Each trainee is responsible for evaluating and addressing all clinical and programmatic issues in one facility or group of facilities during a rotation lasting 3-4 months.  The facilities for each rotation are grouped so that each has a primary species focus and is mentored by the clinical faculty with responsibility for that species or area. Clinical education is provided via on-call duty during the week (shared between trainees and staff veterinarians) and evening and weekend care (rotated equally between all trainees, staff and faculty veterinarians). Participants must gather clinical histories when working up cases which require significant interaction with researchers to determine the cause and provide effective resolution to clinical and research-based problems with guidance from their faculty and staff mentors.  Rotation assignments are dependent on the number of trainees participating but are listed below with the required time. 

  • Large Animal (8 months)
  • Rodent (8 months)
  • Anesthesia and Surgical Protocol Support (3 months)
  • Gross and Histological Pathology (3 months)
  • Aquatics, Avian and Invertebrates (2 months)