NYU Regeneron Postdoctoral Training Program in Laboratory Animal Medicine, NY

Description of Elective Experience: 

Both NYU Langone Health and NYU (Washington Square) serve as host organizations in support of the NYU-Regeneron veterinary externship program. Generally, externship experiences are coordinated so that externs are splitting time between the two host organizations. Day visits are supported by Regeneron when clearance and timing allows.

While at NYU Langone Health, externs will have the opportunity to shadow veterinary technicians performing facility rounds and while assessing a variety of rodent health cases, will have opportunities to observe rabbit and pig procedures, shadow the current veterinary residents, and sit-in on veterinary postdoctoral didactic lectures and journal review sessions. Opportunities will also be available to observe operational meetings and institutional animal care and use committee meetings. While at NYU Langone Health, externs will be required to participate in hands-on training wet labs to learn proper mouse and rat handling and restraint, and depending on comfort level and competency, may be allowed to assist in training scientists or husbandry staff. Additional opportunities to learn various injection and venipuncture techniques in rodent, rabbit, or pig species will be provided when available or upon request. 

While spending time at NYU Washington Square, externs will have the opportunity to shadow while residents and veterinarians support nonhuman primate medical and surgical procedures and participate in a NHP behavioral enrichment program. Opportunities will also be available to observe operational meetings as well as sit in on institutional animal care and use committee meetings. Additional opportunities will be provided to shadow the current veterinary residents, and sit-in on veterinary postdoctoral didactic lectures and journal review sessions.

As part of the elective, each extern will be required to complete a variety of species and industry-specific online training modules. At the end of the externship experience, externs will be asked to give a presentation on an assigned topic, or a topic of their choice, to the veterinary and/or animal care staff. 


Institutional and Educational Resources - staffing, equipment, etc.: 

The NYU Regeneron Veterinary Postdoctoral Training Program in Laboratory Animal Medicine is an American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM)–recognized three-year postdoctoral training program. The training program is led by eight ACLAM-boarded veterinarians and two American College of Veterinary Pathologists (ACVP)–boarded veterinary pathologists. 

NYU Langone, an academic medical center, and NYU, a private university, lead research, teaching, and testing programs that include neuroscience and behavior, microbiology, immunology, cancer, cardiology, surgery, diagnostic imaging, and endocrinology. NYU Grossman School of Medicine, part of NYU Langone, is ranked among the top 5 in the nation for research on U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 “Best Graduate Schools” rankings. It is important to highlight that the two participating NYU institutions are distinct and separate from one another, and, as a result, have very different work cultures, operational practices, and organizational structures. NYU's Washington Square campus is located in Greenwich Village and is home to a robust neuroscience research program (the Center for Neural Science). Opportunities for clinical experience working with non-humane primates and rodent species used to support neuroscience is available. 

Regeneron is a leading science-based, fully integrated biopharmaceutical company that discovers, develops, manufactures, and commercializes medicines for the treatment of serious medical conditions. Regeneron markets medicines for eye diseases and colorectal cancer, among other conditions, and has product candidates in development in areas of high unmet medical need such as hypercholesterolemia, rheumatoid arthritis, and asthma. Most recently, Regeneron successfully developed an antibody cocktail against Ebola, and current efforts are underway to develop an antibody cocktail against 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Student Responsibilities - what is expected of students in terms of hours, days of the week, shadowing or actual support?: 

Externs are expected to report Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm. It is possible, if there are clinical experiences scheduled, that it may be beneficial to an extern to come earlier than 9am, or stay a bit later than 5pm, to help maximize exposure to the experiences and opportunities available. Due to the number of ACLAM-boarded veterinarians, veterinary residents, and licensed veterinary technicians within the NYU-Regeneron network, there is almost always someone available to shadow. Projects, such as the final presentation, are assigned to be worked on if there is any available down time. We do expect externs will take lunch breaks each day of at least 30 minutes. Depending on the person and comfort level, there are many opportunities available for learning. Externs will always be provided with direct oversight while in the research facilities.

Student Housing (include costs, amenities, pet friendly, contact info if different from elective contact info): 

Unfortunately we do not have access to temporary housing. However, we are able to provide subsidized housing for the veterinary residents that participate in our training program. 

Skye Rasmussen (NYULH) and Lee-Ronn Paluch (NYU Wash. Sq.)
435 East 30th Street
New York City, NY 10016
United States
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