Center of Comparative Medicine & Pathology: Training Description

The externship training consists of experiential and didactic components. Content will depend on the length of the extern's commitment and interests, and is tailored to provide broad exposure.

Experiential Training

The experiential component of the program includes exposure to the following:

  • Facility rounds with attending veterinarians and husbandry and operations management staff
  • Clinical rounds with the clinical veterinary and veterinary technical staff
  • Importation and quarantine testing of various species
  • Preparation, intraoperative monitoring, and postoperative care of animals undergoing surgical or imaging procedures
  • Necropsies under the guidance of a veterinary pathologist
  • Physical examinations, administration of parenteral agents, and collection of fluid/tissue samples under guidance
  • Veterinary consultations with investigative staff on topics including animal model selection and use, experimental procedures, and anesthetic and analgesic selection
  • Rotation through a multidisciplinary clinical and anatomic pathology laboratory

Didactic Training

Externs participate in the following:

  • Seminars and webinars
  • Clinical and pathology conferences
  • Pathology and biosecurity case review
  • Staff meetings
  • Journal Club
  • Investigative staff training seminars and laboratories

Program Duration

The Veterinary Student Externship in Laboratory Animal Medicine and Pathology is tailored to accommodate each student's veterinary school schedule. A minimum of a two-week commitment is required. Summer preceptorships of approximately six to 12 weeks are also available.

Learn more about the Veterinary Student Externship in Laboratory Animal Medicine & Pathology.