The unique collection of professional experience available at UL-NIRC
provides a resource that is shared with the Louisiana State University
School of Veterinary Medicine and other universities through teaching.
The opportunity for students to work with veterinarians in the field
of primate medicine coupled with the “hands-on” work
experience available at UL-NIRC allows students to become acquainted
with facets of veterinary medicine that few veterinary schools can
provide alone. Additionally, students can become confident with
various techniques such as radiology and ultrasonography as well
as daily administration of medications and treatments to these unique
animals by way of the individualized training provided through the
Division of Veterinary Science. The veterinarians working within
the Division of Veterinary Science have teaching responsibility
- Avian and Exotic Block responsibilities: One time every 4 week
rotation, a group of veterinary students visits the NIRC site
for the day. During the time the students are here, they will
have opportunity to gain introductory experience with clinical
techniques such as sedation, handling sedated animals, obtaining
diagnostic specimens including bleed techniques. Additionally,
the students are given a tour, and allotted opportunity to ask
questions about primate medicine, and career opportunities and
training available through NIRC.
- Primate Medicine Lectures. LSU-SVM annually requests our expertise
in giving the Primate Medicine lectures to the sophomore class.
The first in the series is a two-hour lecture introducing students
to basic primate taxonomy, husbandry, preventive medicine restraint,
and models for human research. The second lecture concentrates
on primate diseases, to include selected zoonotic diseases.
- Preceptorships are available for 2 and 4-week periods for senior
students to gain in-depth training in primate medicine. Students
work under the direct supervision of an assigned veterinarian
within the Division of Veterinary Science who provides instruction
and guidance medical management of selected colonies.