Charles Louis Davis and Samuel Wesley Thompson DVM Foundation

For the Advancement of Veterinary and Comparative Pathology | Phone: 847-367-4359 | Fax: 847-247-1869
Veterinary Student Externship Program
For the International Advancement of Education in Veterinary and Comparative Pathology

Program Contact - Dr. James Britt, 501-912-1449 (Central Time)

Externships are provided for 1-2 months during the summer or other free time in the veterinary students schedule. The externship site will evaluate the student, if required by his/her university. The students have an opportunity to work with the veterinary pathologists at the sites and also participate in bacteriology, serology, toxicology, and virology tests and result interpretation. The student will function as a pathologist-in-training. In other words, there is time for self-study of microscope slide collections, and do post-mortem exams under the guidance of the veterinarians. The active sites and contacts are below. The sites generally do not have housing available, but will try to assist with local housing needs. Limited travel stipends may be available. Students may also wish to check the American College of Veterinary Pathologists (Training and Education Programs) for additional sites and for their scholarships at

Current C.L. Davis externship sites are below (please make your initial inquiry and application request to Dr. Britt if you need help selecting a site OR contact the site of your choice first to arrange some preliminary dates to give to Dr. Britt).

The Marine Mammal Center

The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, CA is currently recruiting pathology residents to spend 3-4 weeks conducting necropsies for the 2016 season.
Our busy season (~130 animals on site) runs from March-August. During this time we typically necropsy 5-10 animals per day/3 x week. You’ll be exposed to California sea lions, Pacific harbor seals, Northern elephant seals, Northern fur seals and a few random cetaceans (harbor porpoises, dolphins and the rare large whale). As part of the rotation, housing is provided for a nominal cleaning fee. On Thursdays, we’d expect you to lead a pathology rounds at the 5 headed scope looking at current cases or interesting cases you’ve brought from home. You’re not required to take cases home to read but many past residents took ~ 10 and provided us a report.
Housing will fill up fast and we cannot overlap residents due to housing availability so please contact Barbie Halaska with interested dates, March-August, (

Barbie Halaska
Research Assistant
The Marine Mammal Center
(415) 289-7357

Breathitt Veterinary Center, Murray State University

P.O. Box 2000
715 North Drive
Hopkinsville, KY 42240

Dr. Debbie Reed, Director
Dr. Lucky Pittman, Head of Pathology

The Breathitt Veterinary Center is a fully-accredited, all species AAVLD laboratory nestled in the heart of KY's agriculture industry in Western Kentucky. The BVC is a well-maintained, 40,000 sq. ft. facility, with 50+ employees spanning all disciplines of veterinary diagnostics: pathology, virology, bacteriology, molecular diagnostics, serology, clinical chemistry, and toxicology. The BVC processes 16,000 diagnostic cases/year primarily involving cattle and small ruminants, equine, and swine submissions with a steady companion animal caseload. Housing for students at a local veterinary hospital is a possibility, based on availability of an apartment in their facility.

Hawaii Department of Agriculture Veterinary Laboratory

99-941 Halawa Valley Street
Aiea, HI 96701
Contact - Dr. Jenee Odani

The lab offers experience in small animal, avian/poultry, porcine and aquatic animal pathology. Occasional zoo, laboratory and exotic animal pathology cases are also received. The case load is light with just a few cases per week. However, the student will have access to study material and ample time with the pathologist to review material. Housing is not available through the laboratory, but assistance can be provided to locate suitable housing.

Johns Hopkins University #1

Department of Molecular and Comparative Pathobiology
733 N. Broadway, Baltimore, MD 21205-2196; (443) 287-2953
Attn: Zipporah Gilchrist, Academic Program Coordinator
More information about our training opportunities:

Program #1: The Johns Hopkins Department of Molecular and Comparative Pathobiology offers externship programs in pathology to veterinary students who have completed at least three (3) years of their veterinary training. The pathology externship consists of participation in the animal necropsy service for laboratory animals housed at the University and from the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, the National Aquarium in Baltimore and local practitioners. Externs work with ACVP board certified veterinarians, postdoctoral fellows and residents in our program. Externs are expected to attend research/training lectures and participate in research and training activities.

Externships can be two (2) weeks to eight (8) weeks duration. Availability varies with demand and faculty commitments. These are non-paid externships.

To apply, please submit an application in the form of a letter stating your goals for pursuing an externship, area of interest, a current resume, letter of good standing in an academic program, and two letters of professional recommendation to support your application.

Johns Hopkins University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to racial, cultural, and ethnic diversity. Nominations and applications from women and individuals from a broad spectrum of backgrounds are encouraged.

Johns Hopkins University #2 (Summer Fellowship Program; must have completed 2 years of vet school)

Same contact info
JH Department of Molecular and Comparative Pathobiology also offers two (2) summer fellowships to veterinary students. The program focuses on acquiring competence in diagnostic pathology in a wide range of laboratory, domestic and exotic animals. Fellows participate in the animal necropsy service for laboratory animals housed within the University as well as cases from the Maryland Zoo, National Aquarium in Baltimore, and local practitioners. Fellows perform gross necropsies, trim tissues and make histopathologic diagnoses. Cases are signed out with one of six ACVP Diplomates on faculty. Fellows are encouraged to observe, assist, and/or participate in on-going research within our department or in other research groups.

Trainees will work side by side with DVMs participating in the postdoctoral fellowship program in Comparative Medicine. Necropsy rotation will be two to three days a week. You will not be required to be on evening or weekend call.

The program starts early May to early June and continues for a minimum period of 8 weeks, up to a maximum of 12 weeks and provides a monthly stipend of approximately $1765. Starting date is flexible as we work with your summer schedule. To be eligible for a fellowship, a student must have completed 2 years of the professional veterinary curriculum.

To apply for the program, please send a letter stating your background, interests and goals, a transcript of veterinary college courses, and two (2) letters of recommendation from faculty members. Please mail application to Zipporah Gilchrist, Academic Program Coordinator, Department of Molecular and Comparative Pathobiology, Johns Hopkins University, 733 N. Broadway, Suite 811, Baltimore, MD 21205-2196.

For information on the Department of Molecular and Comparative Pathobiology, please visit our website at

New Mexico Veterinary Diagnostic Services (VDS)

NM Department of Agriculture
1101 Camino de Salud NE
Albuquerque, NM 87102-4519
505-383-9294 fax
Contact: Dr. Tim Hanosh

This modern full service laboratory is on the grounds of the University of New Mexico within the city of Albuquerque; it is a NAHLN member laboratory. VDS does necropsies and ancillary testing on all animal species, with the necropsy workload being about 65% small animals, 15% bovine, 10% equine and 10% exotic and wildlife. There is also limited poultry work (mostly backyard operations). Annual case load, (all species, all tests) is approximately 30,000. VDS is a division under the New Mexico Department of Agriculture. It works with the NMSU College of Agriculture Extension service and the NM State Veterinarians to coordinate in field examinations to investigate disease outbreaks on site, where indicated. There is a strong emphasis to address management breakdowns as well as traditional pathology and other diagnostics with all food animal and equine cases, where applicable. The laboratory also employees pre-veterinary students and assists in the training of veterinary technicians from the local college.

Primate Research Center

Texas Biomedical Research Institute
(previously, Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research)
P.O. Box 760549
San Antonio, TX 78245-0549
Contact - Dr. Edward Dick

The pathology laboratory is part of the Department of Comparative Medicine and consists of clinical and anatomic pathology sections and is a resource for laboratory animal health surveillance, diagnostic and research pathology. Pathology supports an animal colony of approximately 6000 nonhuman primates and 3000 other laboratory animals. There is abundant opportunity to study all phases of laboratory animal medicine and pathology throughout the year. Dr. Dick is the head of Comparative Pathology and is board certified in the ACVP. Research opportunities may be available with a variety of investigators. There are several other laboratory animal facilities in the area that students would be able to utilize. Student housing is not presently available but special arrangements may be made. More information available at the following websites: More information available at the following websites:

Research Animal Resources Center
University of Wisconsin-Madison

1710 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53726
Contact: Dr. Denise Schwahn

The RARC offers extended experience in laboratory animal pathology to veterinary students who have completed at least three (3) years of veterinary school. Practice in laboratory animal necropsy with special attention to distinct anatomical structures of laboratory rodents and diseases of research animals is provided. Species seen at the RARC include mice, rats, nonhuman primates, zebrafish, frogs, captive wildlife used in research, dogs, cats, and agricultural species. There is emphasis on comparative pathology and transgenic mouse models of human disease. There are opportunities for short rotations at the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, the Wisconsin Primate Research Center (WPRC), the School of Veterinary Medicine, the National Wildlife Health Laboratory, and Covance, all of whom employ veterinary pathologists in the Madison area. The student is expected to develop and complete a written project, as well as make a short presentation to the RARC veterinary staff on a topic of importance to laboratory animal medicine. A positive attitude and willingness to learn are important. Short-term housing is available on-campus or with local veterinary students.

Department of Veterinary Sciences, University of Wyoming

1174 Snowy Range Road
Laramie, WY 82070
PHONE: 307-742-6638
Contact - Dr. Donal OToole

Eligibility for the Externship: Up to 2 veterinary students can be accepted simultaneously unless prior arrangements are made (i.e., during scheduled experimental and/or field studies where more students can be used.

Length of Externship: Most come for 3 weeks, but up to 12 weeks is acceptable. Students will participate in necropsy examinations, including entering gross observations in the laboratory database, and following cases through till they are reported to clients. The extern will be assigned to various faculty members during the program, and may spend time in various units in the laboratory (bacteriology, virology, toxicology, etc). It is beneficial for the program if the student presents on a topic of interest to the department during his/her stay. The busiest time of the year and therefore the best time to see routine diagnostic accessions from food animals is late January-early May. A car is strongly advised, especially during the winter. The sponsor will assist with local housing information. More information at:

Other Opportunities:

University of Missouri

Veterinary Pathology Externship
For 2-12 weeks. The program is from Oct. to June each year.
More information at:

NIH Externships

Veterinary pathology externships available. This program is available to veterinary students throughout their VM4 year, not just in the summer. Funding for training in research is available at various government laboratories. Applications are being taken after November 15 for the next cycle.
More information at:

Veterinary Student Externship Program

Research Triangle Park, NC
Contact - Dr. David Malarkey
(919) 541-1745

AVMA Student Externship Stipend

of $1000. Applications due by each January 15th:

AVMA Foundation

$1,000 scholarships for VM 1-3 students interested in non-traditional careers. A pathology externship would seem to be beneficial to applying for this scholarship. Due each May 15.

Johns Hopkins University

Paid summer veterinary student fellowship info:

School of Veterinary Medicine at Louisiana State University – Training Opportunities in Pathology (Anatomic or Clinical) or Laboratory Animal Medicine

Fellowship opportunities are available to both 1st and 2nd year Veterinary Medicine students for 10-11 weeks during the summer, and externship opportunities are available to 3rd and 4th year Veterinary Medicine students for half- or full-block externships all year round. Funding for training is available through the Kenneth F. Burns Trust Program.
Applications for summer fellowships are due February 1, 2016. Externship applications will be accepted throughout the year, but please allow at least two months for processing of the application. For more information, please visit

Modified: 11/27/15