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Aaron Olsen

Aaron Olsen

Clinical Assistant Professor
Faculty: DVM, Faculty
Program: Bioveterinary Science, Institute for Antiviral Research, Laboratory Animal Research Center
Location:  650 Bioinnovations 213 B
Office Phone:  435-797-8141
Fax:  435-797-3959
Cell Phone:  435-881-7763
Utah State University
5600 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 874322-5600

Specialties: Animal diseases

About Me

Dr. Olsen’s primary responsibilities lie with directing the activities of the Laboratory Animal Research Center and all aspects of laboratory animal care on the USU campus. These responsibilities include regulatory compliance, veterinary care for research animals, and consultation and veterinary support for USU researchers.

Dr. Olsen has the opportunity to participate in some ongoing research projects. The primary projects of significance include the UMAC project evaluating animal models of atrial fibrillation, and a newly established project to evaluate animal models of heart failure and potential recovery supported by ventricular assist devices.

UMAC is supported primarily by USTAR funding. The ventricular assist device project is supported by a combination of USU seed grant monies and support from collaborators at the University of Utah.

In 1999 Aaron L. Olsen received his B.S. in Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Sciences from Utah State University. He received his D.V.M. and a Masters degree focusing on muscle physiology from Purdue in 2002. He practiced veterinary medicine for one year in Blackfoot, Idaho before returning to academia. For two years Dr. Olsen worked as a Senior Research Associate with the Institute for Antiviral Research before being appointed Director of the Laboratory Animal Research Center in 2005. He received a PhD in Bioveterinary sciences from Utah State University in 2008 and was appointed as an assistant professor in the ADVS department the same year. In 2011 Dr. Olsen completed all requirements for board certification in laboratory animal medicine and was named a Diplomat of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (DACLAM). Dr. Olsen is a member of the Utah Multidisciplinary Arrhythmia Consortium (UMAC), a USTAR research team. He is also currently teaching Veterinary Microanatomy and a portion of Veterinary Physiology in the USU School of Veterinary Medicine.


For Students

  • Classes I Teach
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    • ADVS 2200 Anatomy and Physiology of Animals:  Normal structure and function studied systematically.  Comparative livestock, poultry, pleasure and companion animals, laboratory animals, and humans.  Spring Semester, 4 credits.
    • ADVS 3920 Internship in Veterinary Medicine:  A directed and evaluated work experience with a veterinarian.  For each credit, student must document at least 54 hours of work time.  Graded Pass/Fail only.  Prerequisite:  Permission of instructor.  Fall, Spring and Summer Semester, 1-3 credits.
    • ADVS 5690/6690 Animal Histology:  Microscopic anatomy and physiology of normal domestic animal's cells, tissues, organs, and system.  Prerequisite: ADVS 2200 or permission of instructor.  Fall Semester, 3 credits.
    • ADVS 5700/6700 General Animal Pathobiology:  Introduction to the principles of gross, microscopic, and physiological changes associated with diseases of domestic animals.  Prerequisite:  ADVS  5690/6690 or permission of instructor.  Spring Semester, 3 credits
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Education and Research

  • Education
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    • B.S. - Bioveterinary Sciences, Utah State University, Logan, UT  1996-1998.
    • D.V.M. - Veterinary Medicine, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, 1998-2002.
    • M.S. - Muscle Physiology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, 1999-2002.
    • Ph.D. - Viral Disease, Utah State University, Logan, Utah, 2004-2008.
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  • Experience
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    • Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Sciences, Utah State University, Logan, UT, May 2008-present.
      • Teaching undergraduate classes in animal anatomy, physiology, histology, and pathology.
    • Lecturer, Department of Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Sciences, Utah State University, Logan, UT, July 2007-May 2008.
      • Taught undergraduate classes in animal anatomy, physiology, histology, and pathology.
    • Attending Veterinarian, Director, Utah State University Laboratory Animal Research Center, Utah State University, Logan, UT, July 2005-present.
    • Senior Research Associate, Institute of Antiviral Research, Utah State University, Logan, UT, May 2003-July 2005.
      • Evaluated novel therapeutic modalities in animal models involving viral agents of potential bioterror concern.
    • Associate Veterinarian, Animal Health Clinic, Blackfoot, ID, May 2002-May 2003.
      • Examined, diagnosed, and treated privately owned animals presented to clinic.
    • Merck Summer Research Fellow, Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine, West Lafayette, Indiana, Summer 1999, Summer 2000.
      • Developed and conducted original research project involving muscle physiology as part of M.S. program simultaneously with Veterinary Medical degree program.
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  • Publications
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    1. Olsen, A.L., J.D. Morrey, D.F. Smee and R.W. Sidwell (2007).  "Correlation between breakdown of the blood-brain barrier and disease outcome of viral encephalitis in mice."  Antiviral Res 75(2):104-12.
    2. Eash, J., A. Olsen, G. Breur, D. Gerrard and K. Hannon (2007).  "FGFR1 inhibits skeletal muscle atrophy associated with hindlimb suspension."  BMC Musculoskelet Disord 8:32.
    3. Julander, J.G., Q.A. Winger, A.L. Olsen, C.W.Day, R.W. Sidwell and J.D. Morrey (2005).  "Treatment of West Nile virus-infected mice with reactive immunoglobulin reduces fetal titers and increases dam survival."  Antiviral Res 65(2):79-85.
    4. Morrey, J.D., V. Siddharthan, A.L. Olsen, G.Y. Roper, H. Wang, T.J. Baldwin, S. Koenig, S. Johnson, J.L. Nordstrom and M.S. Diamond (2006).  "Humanized monoclonal antibody against West Nile virus envelope protein administered after neuronal infection protects against lethal encephalitis in hamsters." J Infect Dis 194(9):1300-8.
    5. Morrey, J.D., C.W. Day, J.G. Julander, A.L. Olsen, R.W. Sidwell, C.D. Cheney and L.M. Blatt (2004).  "Modeling hamsters for evaluating West Nile virus therapies."  Antiviral Res 63(1):41-50.
    6. Taylor, J., C.F. Babbs, M.B. Alzghoul, A. Olsen, M. Latour, A.L. Pond and K. Hannon (2004).  "Optimization of ectopic gene expression in skeletal muscle through DNA transfer by electroporation."  BMC Biotechnol 4(1):11.
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Honors and Activities

  • Research Support
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    • American Association for Laboratory Animal Science, 5/1/09 to 4/30/10
      • Physiological and Behavioral Effects of Environmental Vibration of Mice
      • Major Goal:  Determine and quantify the potentially confounding effects of environmental vibration on laboratory mice.
    • National Center for Research Resources, 7/16/09 to 7/15/10
      • Laboratory Animal Resource Improvements - Utah State University
      • Major Goal:  Improve physical facilities and capabilities of animal vivaria on the Utah State University Campus.
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  • Honors
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    • College of Agriculture Undergraduate Advisor of the Year, Utah State University, 2008.
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