Didactic Learning

The didactic portion covers all 3 years of the program and involves:

  • Laboratory animal didactic lecture series: weekly
    • Two year series that is repeated year 3
      • Year 1: “Blue book”
      • Year 2: Regulations
    • Recaps of other year’s material included
    • Quarterly mock exams
  • Boards-oriented journal club: monthly
  • Pathology rounds: biweekly
  • Various other educational seminars: monthly-quarterly
  • Boards-oriented questions: daily chat
  • Resident study group with University of Illinois at Chicago: weekly

The goals are to:

  • Understand and interpret the laws regulations and guidelines for the humane care and use of animals in research
  • Learn basics of laboratory animal biology and diseases
  • Become prepared for the certifying examination of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine

Independent Didactic Opportunities are also provided:

Year of Program

Opportunity

1

Attend Charles River Short Course

2

Take effective writing course on campus before writing manuscript

2

Attend CL DAVIS Foundation CLASS and POLA (Pathology of Laboratory Animals)

3

Attend North Carolina State Workshop in Lab Animal Medicine

1-3

Attend Laboratory Animal Medicine and Pathology Seminar with Mock-ACLAM Exam

If interested

Audit graduate level courses

If interested

Partake in soft skills training courses on campus