Laboratory animal medicine is a specialty field for veterinarians who play an important role in ensuring the success and ethical conduct of high quality biomedical research. Primary roles for the laboratory animal veterinarian include:
- Animal resource management
- Providing adequate veterinary care
- Advising other scientists
- Assisting in regulatory compliance
- Independent and collaborative research
- Teaching and training
- Resource for animal models and methods
Employment opportunities exist in many areas:
- Academia (medical schools, universities)
- Industry (pharmaceutical, biotech, animal supply companies)
- Federal government (PHS, Uniformed Services)
- Self-employmented as consultants
- Diverse career paths – administration, clinical medicine, research, teaching and training, pathology, and diagnostic medicine, surgery, and combinations of these specialities.
- Real and substantial contributions to animal welfare.
- Good salary with benefits and vacation
- Opportunity to practice high quality medicine and research.
- Work with a wide variety of species
- Specialty board certification