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ASLAP Laboratory Animal Medicine Summer Externship

Program Description

Our 12-week American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners (ASLAP) Foundation paid summer fellowship is designed to provide students with a broad exposure to laboratory animal medicine and its various components including clinical medicine, population health, facility operations/management, experimental surgery, protocol development/IACUC review, agricultural animal research/clinical medicine, and research. Students will spend dedicated time in each of the prior mentioned areas and have a variety of hands on and didactic experiences over the course of the summer. This program is targeted to first and second-year veterinary students looking to expand their knowledge of laboratory animal medicine as a career choice and works in conjunction with our laboratory animal residency program.

University Laboratory Animal Resources has nine centralized animal facilities (main campus) in addition to several off-campus facilities housing primarily livestock and aquatic species. The range of species is extremely diverse, including mice, rats, farm animals, dogs, cats, non-human primates and various exotics.

Research Program Areas

  • cardiovascular disease
  • cancer
  • immunology
  • virology
  • neuropsychology

Faculty Veterinarians and Special Expertise

Trainees are provided with a unique exposure to a diverse and vigorous research community.

  • six American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM) board-certified veterinarians

  • one American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine (ACVPM) board-certified, agricultural clinical practice veterinarian

  • one research veterinarian

  • three laboratory animal veterinary residents

Externship Responsibilities

  • participate in clinical rounds

  • perform physical exams, assessments, and develop differential diagnoses

  • work with veterinarians and researchers on clinical cases

  • complete structured rotations in medicine, operations, quality assurance, and experimental surgery

  • participate in weekly resident seminars and journal clubs

  • participate in handling/training labs

  • complete a summer research project with a faculty mentor

Student Schedule

  • 8 hours per day
  • 5 days per week
  • stipend generously provided by the ASLAP Foundation


Application Packet

How to Apply

Students will be selected based on the application packet in addition to an interview with preference given to students with strong academic qualifications and an expressed intent to pursue a career in laboratory animal medicine and/or research.

  • application packets should consist of: 
    • CV
    • cover letter
    • unofficial veterinary school transcripts
    • two standardized letters of recommendation using the ASLAP recommendation form 
  • applications are due February 2, 2024
  • for questions email
student holding a bunny, students holding mice, Students on the farm