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Residency in Laboratory Animal and Comparative Medicine

University of California San Diego (UCSD) has maintained a Post-Doctoral Training Program in Laboratory Animal and Comparative Medicine as part of it long-standing commitment to advanced, post-graduate training for veterinarians. The program is geared towards the development of top-tier laboratory animal veterinarians eligible and capable of obtaining board certification by the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM). This program provides a unique environment for LAM and research that includes UCSD, The Scripps Research Institute, the Salk Institute, the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology, the Sanford-Burnham Institute, the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Wild Animal Park, Sea World San Diego and the La Jolla Laboratories of Pfizer.  All LAM residents benefit from the active participation of 26 veterinarians, mostly from institutions in the immediate vicinity, which provides a breadth of research, species and learning opportunities for DVM graduates that may be unmatched in the country. 

For more information, please contact Kristen Tripes.

Faculty involved in Clinical Training

  • Philip J. Richter, DVM, PhD, DACLAM, Director, UCSD Animal Care Program & LAM Training Program, UCSD
  • Kent Osborn, DVM, PhD, Associate Director – Diagnostic Laboratory Services. Comparative pathology, primate, mouse and aquatic animal medicine, UCSD
  • Keith Jenne, DVM, Associate Director, Animal Care Program. Primate, aquatic animal medicine, clinical medicine, UCSD
  • Alice Smith, DVM, Associate Director - Health Services, Animal Care Program, Clinical medicine and surgery, preventive medicine programs, UCSD
  • Jennifer L. Fujimoto, DVM, DACVA.  Veterinary anesthesiology, laboratory animal medicine, UCSD
  • Marilyn Torchia, DVM, Director, Animal Welfare Program, Regulatory affairs, laboratory animal medicine, UCSD
  • Karen Clingerman, MS, DVM, DACLAM. Associate Clinical Veterinarian, The Scripps Research Institute.  Small animal veterinary clinical medicine, laboratory animal medicine
  • Jeetendra Eswaraka, DVM, PhD, DACLAM. Associate Director Global Science & Technology, and Veterinary Science & Technology, Pfizer Inc. La Jolla Laboratories
  • Elizabeth W. Ford, DVM, MPVM, DACLAM, Senior Director, The Scripps Research Institute
  • Karol Godwin, DVM, Director, Pfizer Inc., La Jolla Laboratories
  • Nikos Gurfield DVM, DACVP, DACLAM,  San Diego County Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory
  • Mathias Leblanc, DVM, PhD, DES, DACLAM,  Assistant Director, Animal Resources, The Salk Institute
  • Jon Reuter, MPVM, DVM, DACLAM, Senior Director, Animal Resources, The Salk Institute
  • Roger Geertsema, DVM, DACLAM,  Director, University Laboratory Animal Resources, UC Irvine
  • Judy St. Leger, DVM, PhD, DACVP, Pathologist, Sea World, Inc
  • Ilse Stalis, DVM, DACVP, Senior Pathologist, Wildlife Diseases Laboratory Institute for Conservation Research, Zoological Society of San Diego
  • Lynette B. Corbeil, DVM, PhD DACVM, Veterinary microbiology and immunology
  • Christina Sigurdson, DVM, PhD DACVP, Comparative pathology, prion diseases and neuropathology, UCSD


Faculty involved in Research Training

  • Kim E. Barrett, PhD - Epithelial transport and barrier function
  • John Chang, MD - T cell biology in inflammatory bowel disease
  • Don Cleveland, PhD - Neuropathology
  • Sheila E. Crowe, MD - Oxidative stress in gastrointestinal infections
  • Lynette B. Corbeil, DVM, PhD - Mucosal immunity
  • Pieter Dorrestein, PhD - Mass spectrometry based methods to study disease in animals
  • Lars Eckmann, PhD - Cytokine responses in mucosal immunity
  • Peter Ernst, DVM, PhD - Immunopathology of gastrointestinal disease
  • Santiago Horgan, MD - Techniques for the Future of Surgery
  • Michael Karin, PhD - Molecular biology of inflammation and cancer
  • Robert Mattrey, MD - Imaging
  • Robert Naviaux, MD, PhD - Metabolic and mitochondrial disease and metagenomics
  • Sharon Reed, MD - Mucosal immunity to Entamoeba histolytica
  • Jesus Rivera-Nieves, MD - Pathogenesis of inflammatory bowel diseases
  • Christina Sigurdson, DVM, PhD - Food-borne illnesses and neurodegenerative diseases/prions
  • Ajit Varki, MD, PhD - Glycobiology and evolution in nonhuman primates
  • Nissi Varki, MD - Comparative pathology and phenotyping
  • Tony Yaksh, PhD - Pain research and comparative anesthesiology