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URAR welcomes new clinical assistant professor in Laboratory Animal Medicine聽

The University Research Animal Resources team is excited to welcome Gianni Campellone as the new clinical assistant professor in the Laboratory Animal Medicine program. 

Campellone always wanted to work with animals and pursued a degree in zoology before deciding to go into veterinary medicine. After initially getting rejected from veterinary school, however, he began to pursue a master鈥檚 degree in laboratory animal medicine. Even once he was accepted into the veterinary program at Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, he continued his work in the related field. 

鈥淭ruth be told, even with a degree in laboratory animal science, I entered veterinary school with the intention of pursuing zoological medicine,鈥 he said. 鈥淚’ve always wanted to work with a variety of species.鈥&苍产蝉辫;

During the summer between his second and third year, he took an internship at Tulane’s National Primate Research Center. It was his first experience working with non-human primates, and he was hooked. 

鈥淎fter zoo medicine, laboratory animal medicine is the next best specialty for working with a wide variety of species,鈥 he said. 

After he finished his veterinary program, Campellone accepted an internship with Mannheimer Foundation, Inc., a laboratory that breeds non-human primates for use in biomedical research. He eventually moved to Emory University and worked with their laboratory animal residency before coming to UGA this month. 

鈥淢uch of my professional experience has been in non-human primate medicine, particularly old-world species, but I also enjoy working with other traditional lab animal species such as rodents, ferrets, rabbits, fish, pigs, and the occasional cat and dog,鈥 he said. 

Campellone is currently studying for the (ACLAM) specialty boards next summer and hopes to be an one day.   

鈥淚 am very excited to get the opportunity to work with UGA鈥檚 wide variety of species and put my last four years of training to good use,鈥 he said, also noting a passion for teaching. 鈥淚 feel honored to be a part of such an elite University, and to work at such an outstanding .鈥&苍产蝉辫;