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Laboratory Animal Medicine

Laboratory animal medicine specialists, also called laboratory animal veterinarians, study, care for and conduct research on laboratory animals. Continue reading for information about education and career options in this field.

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Laboratory animal medicine includes the study of disease in animals and biomedical animal research as well as comparative medicine of human disease in animals. Specialists in this field are responsible for the health and medical care of laboratory animals in research facilities. They work closely with researchers and ensure that regulatory guidelines are followed regarding proper animal care.

Education Information

Specialists in this field may hold master's degree in laboratory animal medicine. These programs often consist of courses in laboratory techniques, animal handling and research methods as well as clinical rotations. Graduates may go on to work in laboratory research, biomedical research, consultation and veterinary assistance. To work as a veterinarian, individuals must earn Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degrees and obtain state licensure. Additionally, training veterinarians may pursue residency programs or post-doctoral certificates in laboratory animal medicine to further specialize in the field. Here are a few examples of degree programs for you to consider.

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