Teaching Responsibility

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 that includes:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.