“We love animals, and we love people, and that’s why we do the job we do.”
That short and simple sentiment says it all about the men and women responsible for the care of most of U-M’s laboratory animals.
This September marks the 50th anniversary of the Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine, the division of the Medical School that provides animal care and research expertise to more than 500 scientific teams from all over U-M.
This Saturday, ULAM is holding a symposium to mark the occasion.
More than 250,000 animals, from mice and rats to sheep and pigs, are in the care of the 190 veterinarians, veterinary technicians, animal care technicians and support staff who make up ULAM.
Without them, U-M researchers would have a much harder time making discoveries in animals that may someday improve the health of human patients.
That’s what drove U-M to develop one of the nation’s first laboratory animal medicine programs in 1962. Bennett Cohen, DVM, considered a pioneer of the field, founded the unit and led it for 23 years.
Today, ULAM is one of the nation’s most highly regarded programs both for animal care, and for the postdoctoral training of veterinarians who specialize in laboratory animals.
Dysko was once one of those young trainees himself, and the 100th trainee entered the program this summer. Also this summer, Dysko took the reins of the unit, succeeding Howard Rush, DVM, M.S., who returned to his faculty post in 2011 after 10 years as director. Rush had succeeded Dan Ringler, DVM, who directed the unit from 1985 to 2000 after Cohen stepped down. Read the rest of this entry »