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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 www.acvp.org.
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, (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Breathitt Veterinary Center, Murray State University
P.O. Box 2000
715 North Drive
Hopkinsville, KY 42240
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: http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/mcp/Education/
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 http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/mcp
New Mexico Veterinary Diagnostic Services (VDS)
NM Department of Agriculture
1101 Camino de Salud NE
Albuquerque, NM 87102-4519
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
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