Indiana Collaborative Training Program for Comparative Medicine

The Indiana Collaborative Training Program for Comparative Medicine prepares veterinarians for careers in Laboratory Animal Medicine through a three-year MS graduate student/residency program. Trainees spend time at Purdue University, Indiana University, Eli Lilly, and Labcorp for a comprehensive experience.

Why Choose the Indiana Collaborative?

Consider these benefits to participating in the program:

Academic Recognition

Trainees earn a non-thesis Masters of Science Degree (MS) from Purdue University upon completion. The program is recognized by the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM) as one that meets the training requirements for specialty board certification.


Indiana is located in the heartland of the USA. All institutions are located within 100 miles (160 km) of each other.


Methods of instruction consists of a combination of didactic training, directed projects, and hands-on experience with all of the principal laboratory animal species, including primates, mice and other rodents, farm animals, small animals, as well as many others including fish, amphibians, and avian species.


Training is provided at four different institutions, each with a unique staff and mission. These missions include basic medical research, veterinary research, production of research animals, production and care of animals in a farm setting, pharmaceutical discovery, and pharmaceutical safety testing.

Multiple Locations

Several ACLAM diplomates as well as several diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Pathology (ACVP) participate in the training program.


Multi-institutional program with both academic and corporate participation.

Program Overview

The Indiana Collaborative in Laboratory Animal Medicine is a three-year program containing a blend of clinical rotations, seminars on laboratory animal subjects, formal academic didactic instruction, and mentored research.

Trainees receive a stipend based on NIH recommendations (salary commensurate with education and experience).

Each trainee will be assigned an advisor (who will be an ACLAM Diplomate) upon entering the program.

Throughout the training period, trainees are encouraged to present research or case reports at regional and national meetings and to prepare these for publication.

Year One and Two

During the first year, the trainee will select an advisory committee comprised of at least three other faculty and/or professional staff.

Activities during the first two years consist of:

  • Clinical rotations (at each of the four institutions)
  • Seminars on laboratory animal subjects
  • Formal academic coursework
  • Attend a national meeting related to laboratory animal medicine

Year Two or Three

Mentored research training takes place at the institution of choice for each trainee, typically in the second or third year depending on institution schedule.

Career Opportunities

Laboratory animal medicine is a specialty field for veterinarians who play an important role in ensuring the success and ethical conduct of high-quality biomedical research.

Primary Roles

Primary roles for the laboratory animal veterinarian include:

  • Animal resource management
  • Providing adequate veterinary care
  • Advising other scientists
  • Assisting in regulatory compliance
  • Independent and collaborative research
  • Teaching and training
  • Resource for animal models and methods

Employment Opportunities

Employment opportunities exist in many areas:

  • Academia (medical schools, universities)
  • Industry (pharmaceutical, biotech, animal supply companies)
  • Federal government (PHS, Uniformed Services)
  • Self-employment as consultants

Rewarding Careers

  • Diverse career paths include administration, clinical medicine, research, teaching and training, pathology, and diagnostic medicine, surgery, and combinations of these specialties.
  • Real and substantial contributions to animal welfare
  • Good salary with benefits and vacation
  • Opportunity to practice high quality medicine and research
  • Work with a wide variety of species
  • Specialty board certification

Program Requirements

Applicants must:

  1. Be a graduate of an AVMA accredited veterinary school or foreign equivalent.
  2. Take the general graduate record exam (GRE) which will be a factor in admission for graduate school.
  3. Achieve a minimum score of 575 on the TOEFL plus a TWE score of 4 for all non-native speakers of English for unconditional admission. For conditional acceptance, a score of at least 550 on the TOEFL is required.
  4. Submit an application to the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine Comparative Pathobiology Graduate Program which must be accepted by the Indiana Collaborative Program Steering Committee, the Comparative Pathobiology Graduate Program, and the Purdue University Graduate Program.

Successful completion of the program will require: 

  • Completion of core Comparative Medicine courses with a grade of “B” or better
  • Completion of a total of 30 credit hours of graduate level courses with a “B” or better average
  • Satisfactory performance as defined by the advisory committee
  • Satisfactory completion as defined by the trainee’s advisory committee of a mentored research project
  • Publication (or submission for publication) in a refereed scientific journal of at least 1 manuscript resulting from the research project

Students will receive a MS degree based on course work requirements and a certificate verifying that they have completed all the requirements of the program including submission of a first authored paper to a peer reviewed journal.

How to Apply

This program participates in the VIRMP match. Once a match is made application instructions to apply for the graduate program will be provided.

Contact Us

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Director of Training Program

Amanda Darbyshire, DVM, DACLAM
Purdue University

Steering Committee Members

Robin Crisler, DVM, DACLAM
Indiana University

Lynn Impelluso, DVM, DACLAM
Eli Lilly and Company

Program Partners

The Indiana Collaborative is a cooperative program between the Indiana University School of Medicine, Purdue University, and Eli Lilly and Company with rotation through Labcorp.

Indiana University School of Medicine

Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM) is one of the largest medical schools in the United States. The IUSM houses numerous specialized research centers, program project grants and institutes. The specialized research centers include the General Clinical Research Center, the Alcohol Research Center, the Multipurpose Arthritis Center, the Alzheimer’s Disease Center, the Biomechanics and Biomaterials Center, the Diabetes Research and Training Center, and the Wells Center for Pediatric Research. Program project grants include: Mechanism and Therapy of Circulatory Diseases, Neurobiology of the Weaver Mutant Mouse (Parkinsonian disease research), Sexually-Transmitted Diseases, Enzyme-pattern Targeted Cancer Chemotherapy, Genetics and Neurobiology of Alcohol-Seeking Behavior, and Applications of Genetic Therapy. The Krannert Institute of Cardiology, the Regenstrief Institute for Health Care, the Indianapolis Center for Advanced Research, the Institute for Psychiatric Research, and the Walther Oncology Center are other important resources. The IUSM animal care program is accredited by AAALAC, International.

Purdue University

Founded in 1869, Purdue University is Indiana’s land grant university. Its mission focuses on the discovery, dissemination, preservation and application of knowledge and encompasses the inseparable functions of education, research and service. Purdue offers the only public university programs in Indiana in agriculture, engineering, pharmacy and veterinary medicine. Animal use, in both research and teaching, plays an important role in many of the programs at Purdue. The animal care and use programs at Purdue are diversified as to their administrative structure. Rather than maintaining a central campus-wide administration, this university maintains decentralized management of animal facilities. The Purdue University animal care program is accredited by AAALAC, International.

Eli Lilly and Company

Eli Lilly and Company, founded in 1876 by Colonel Eli Lilly, is a pharmaceutical corporation that develops, manufactures, and markets innovative human health care solutions. The animal care program is part of the Lilly Research Laboratories, headquartered in Indianapolis, IN, with over 41,000 employees world-wide. Lilly Corporate Center (LCC) animal use occurs in basic research, human pharmaceutical product discovery, pre-clinical evaluation, and pharmacological testing. Eli Lilly and Company was first accredited by AAALAC, International in 1967 and maintains full accreditation status.

Labcorp Greenfield

Labcorp Greenfield is a 460 acre contract research facility in Greenfield Indiana and is the largest site under the Early Development arm of Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings (Labcorp). Labcorp is an American healthcare company headquartered in Burlington, North Carolina with over 75,000 employees worldwide. Labcorp Greenfield provides scientific services to pharmaceutical, biotechnical, chemical, and food companies in the development and safety assessment of new drugs and products. Animal studies routinely done at Labcorp Greenfield include pharmacology, acute and subacute toxicology, pharmacokinetics, receptor occupancy, crop protection and chemical, preclinical oncology, immune-oncology, developmental and reproductive toxicology (DART), surgery and imaging studies. Pharmacology studies are focused on oncology, cardiovascular disease, psychiatric and neurodegenerative diseases, metabolic diseases, and inflammation. The site has been accredited by AAALAC, International for over 50 years with full accreditation under the Labcorp name since 2010.