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Laboratory Animal Medicine MS

Expanding Veterinary Skills to Research

The three-year Laboratory Animal Medicine MS at Penn State College of Medicine is designed to advance the training of graduate veterinarians (DVM, VMD) and build a strong research foundation.

The 30-credit program also includes rotations in a variety of animal-care environments and the development of a publishable thesis.

Participants in the program share in the responsibility of the Department of Comparative Medicine to provide comprehensive healthcare to 10 to 15 species of laboratory animal patients at the College of Medicine.

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About the Program

Curriculum

The three-year residency resulting in the completion of the Laboratory Animal Medicine MS offers a mix of formal coursework, clinical practice and research opportunities.

In their first year, students will take part in courses such as Biology and Care of Laboratory Animals, Laboratory Animal Genetics and Laws, and Regulations and Guidelines, while building a foundation in research laboratory techniques.

In the second year, students expand their clinical skills and techniques during a series of residency assignments in areas such as Administration, Breeding Colonies, Experimental Surgery and Diagnostic Radiology, among others.

Finally, third-year students complete a research project which includes submission of a written thesis, preparation of a manuscript suitable for submission for publication as a first-author paper, and a final presentation of their research work to their thesis committee, fellow residents and department faculty.

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Other Opportunities

In addition to classroom experiences, participants in the Laboratory Animal Medicine MS program have the opportunity to complete a rotation at the National Institutes of Health, and are regularly involved in the veterinary care of animals at ZooAmerica, a nearby zoo.

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Accreditation

The laboratory animal medicine programs at Penn State College of Medicine are accredited through a number of major organizations, including:

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Students sit in the recently remodeled Harrell Health Sciences Library at Penn State College of Medicine in July 2016.

Campus Life

Student Housing

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Housing in University Manor apartments is available to Penn State College of Medicine students.

Penn State College of Medicine offers housing in its University Manor East or University Manor West apartments to full-time students, residents, postdocs and visiting scholars.

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Life in Hershey, PA

Penn State College of Medicine is in Hershey, PA, a town known as the home of the HersheyPark amusement park and the Hershey Chocolate Factory. Two banners depicting cartoon candy characters are seen on a light pole in downtown Hershey, PA, in summer 2016, with a brick building with large glass windows in the background.
Hershey, PA, is known as "The Sweetest Place on Earth."

Penn State College of Medicine is in Hershey, PA, a town known as the home of the HersheyPark amusement park and the Hershey Chocolate Factory.

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