Laboratory Animal Medicine Residency

Residency Training in Laboratory Animal Medicine

The Department of Comparative Medicine (DCM) at Stanford University sponsors a residency training program in laboratory animal medicine.  Along with a research focus, this 3-year program emphasizes the clinical, pathological, regulatory, and administrative aspects of laboratory animal medicine. The training program is officially recognized by the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM).  Successful program completion satisfies eligibility requirements for specialty board certification.

Stanford is considered a world leader in the advancement of science and technology, and the Veterinary Service Center within the DCM provides veterinary care to animals used in diverse research areas including the Schools of Medicine, Engineering, and Sciences. Our dedicated veterinary expertise includes specialists in laboratory animal medicine, pathology, internal medicine, anesthesiology and preventive medicine.

Animal facilities include rodent and large animal vivaria, a barrier facility, ABSL-2 & 3 facilities, surgical suites, small-animal imaging, extensive aquatics, a field marine station, and anatomical and clinical pathology diagnostic laboratories.

Applications: Stanford University participates in the Veterinary Internship and Residency Matching Program (VIRMP).  See for submission requirements and deadlines. For additional questions, contact Dr. David Bentzel.

Objectives of the Laboratory Animal Medicine Educational Program

  • Prepare veterinarians for scientific careers in laboratory animal medicine in biomedical, academic and research centers.
  • Provide practical training through a program of supervised clinical and laboratory experience.
  • Provide hands-on research experience of either collaborative or independent nature resulting in appropriate publications and public presentations at scientific meetings.
  • Prepare trainees through didactic courses and mentored clinical and program experience to seek board certification by the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine.

Dr. David Bentzel

Residency Director

(650) 498-1560

Monika Huss, DVM, MS, DACLAM

Post Doctoral and Veterinary Residents Wellness Counselor

(650) 723-9774