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Student Resources


Externship Opportunities

 

Biomedical Research

Merck-Medial Veterinary Scholars 
This program's mission is to provide an opportunity for veterinary schools to expose students in their first and second years of veterinary medical school to biomedical research. Paid opportunities are available at many veterinary schools. Applications are typically due in January or February for research opportunities in the upcoming summer. This site also shows summer research opportunities available with Merck-Medial.

Business Mangement

Veterinary Business Management Association
Cornell has an active VBMA student chapter.  Business externships can be found here

Corporate Veterinary Careers

Veterinary Centers of America
VCA hosts externships for junior and senior students and summer employment can be organized through their recruiter.

Equine

American Association of Equine Practitioners
The student area of this website has all kinds of opportunities for those with a career interest in equine medicine. The Pathways externship program is for PVM students. Veterinary students typically do multiple externships in preparation for the AAEP Avenues internship program.

Feline

American Association of Feline Practitioners
Available preceptor ships can be found under the student membership area.

Food Animal

AVMA Food Supply Veterinary Medicine website

Government/ Public Policy and Public Health Sites

The following sites provide information on experiential programs. Some contain the previous year's information, so keep checking the sites for updates:

AVMA Governmental Relations Student Externship Program
CDC Summer Student Employment Program
FDA Student Intern Program 
NIH Student Programs 
U.S. Public Health Officer COSTEP programs 
USDA:APHIS 
USDA: ARS Student Programs 
USDA:FSIS Summer Program

International

 

VIDAS  
This group conducts international clinics.

Rural Area Veterinary Services
Many trips coordinated by this group are international.  Plan early, as they tend to book way in advance. The international trips usually require previous domestic RAVS experience.

O.C. Hubert Student Fellowship in International Health
Provides an opportunity for 3rd and 4th year medical and veterinary students to gain public health experience in an international setting.  Fellows spend 4-6 weeks in a developing country working on a priority health problem in conjunction with CDC staff.   Seven fellows are selected each year and receive a stipend of $3,000 to cover travel costs.  For more information, contact CDC's Epidemiology Program Office at (404) 639-4774 

Envirovet 
(announcement usually comes in February for the coming summer -application due at end of March) Focus is on careers in conservation medicine, wildlife health, and/or ecosystem health.  One program is usually planned in developing countries.  Envirovet faculty are internationally recognized experts who are fully engaged in relevant fields within the overall context of wildlife and ecosystem health.  

Christian Veterinary Medicine

GR Dodge Frontiers for Veterinary Medicine Fellowships
Possible funding source for defined research and projects-plan well in advance!

Centro Ecologico Akumal
Exotic internships. American contact: Ms.Kate Neushaefer, Kale and Company, 4800 South Vail Place , Evergreen , CO 80439

Projects Abroad 
This program currently has veterinary projects in four countries: Ghana , India, Mongolia and Romania

OIE Internships

GoAbroad.com

Action Without Borders 
International non-profit website for volunteer and summer internships

Laboratory Animal Veterinary Careers

Established externship program/funding on http://www.aclam.org/ website

Externships also on http://www.aslap.org/ website

Charles River Short Course
(a week each summer, scholarships available)

American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners
Website has career information and links to externships

American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine
Website has Career Pathways program with powerpoint presentations of careers in laboratory animal medicine and resources for externships

Large Animal Resources

AABP
American Association of Bovine Practitioners.  If you are a student AABP member, you can apply for an externship grant through AABP to help defray costs of an externship of at least two weeks in duration.

AAEP
American Association of Equine Practitioners.   AAEP runs an externship program called Avenues.  Select "Avenues" under the student link.

AASRP 
American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners. Visit the student link for information on grants for externships and externship sites.

Academy of Rural Veterinarians
Visit this site for a list of mentors. 

Mixed Animal Career Interests

Academy of Rural Veterinarians

American Association of Bovine Practitioners

Multiple Areas

Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine 
Go to the clerkship/externship area and look at the link for state veterinary and diagnostic laboratories.

Pathology

American College of Veterinary Pathologists
View the training and education link for externship information. The career opportunities link also contains residency/graduate study options.

Poultry

American Association of Avian Pathologists
Externship information is under the educational opportunity area. Information is provided for travel expenses and scholarships.

Specialties

AVMA Link to specialty organizations
Students have found it helpful to shadow a specialist to determine if this career interest area is something they want to pursue. Most of these specialty websites have links to “find a specialist” which can be help you locate a specialist in your geographic area of interest.

Wildlife, zoological and exotic resources

AAZV 
American Association of Zoo Veterinarians. This link provides externship opportunity details organized by state. 

Senior year “clerkships" in this area are organized by the Center for Government and Corporate Veterinary Medicine. These are highly competitive externships and you apply early in your junior year. Your resume will need to indicate many zoological experiences, publications and presentations to be competitive. Center for Government and Corporate Veterinary Medicine

Ecolife 
Yearly vets-in-the-wild expedition to southern Africa

Envirovet 
(announcement usually comes in February for the coming summer -application due at end of March) Focus is on careers in conservation medicine, wildlife health, and/or ecosystem health.  One program is usually planned in developing countries.  Envirovet faculty are internationally recognized experts who are fully engaged in relevant fields within the overall context of wildlife and ecosystem health.  

Marvet 
Courses in marine mammal medicine. For students who have completed two yars of their PVM curriculum. Applications are very competitive and taken years in advance.

Wildlife Medicine Course 

Additional Resources:

Alliance of Veterinarians for the Environment

American Association of Wildlife Veterinarians 

American Association of Zoo Veterinarians

Ecological Health Listserv