Millions of animals are the focus of research into the understanding of life. Nearly all of these animals live in modern, highly-specialised vivaria, providing for their health and welfare in a consistent, reproducible manner all around the world.
Laboratory animal veterinarians have responsibility for the care of research animals, 95% of which are rodents and half of which are genetically modified, immunologically impaired or prone to diseases similar to their human counterparts. The basis for our role in biomedical research is the deep understanding of physiology and pathobiology that is common to all veterinarians, focusing upon species which contribute to the understanding of human health and disease. Specialists in lab animal medicine have undergone at least 3 years of speciality training and passed a rigorous examination which meets the requirements of the European Board of Veterinary Specialisation.
Our sister organisation, the European Society of Laboratory Animal Veterinarians, is open to any qualified veterinarian who works with laboratory animals. The European College of Laboratory Animal Medicine is one of 27 specialist colleges recognised by the European Board of Veterinary Specialisation. ECLAM was founded in 2000 and was fully recognised by EBVS in 2008.