CSU’s Laboratory Animal Resources (LAR) is pleased to offer externship opportunities to current veterinary students interested in laboratory animal medicine. LAR provides care for a diverse set of species and research programs located on three different campuses in Fort Collins, Colorado. Facilities range from BSL 1-3 and serve investigators with programs in infectious disease, oncology, reproductive biology, exercise physiology, agricultural sciences and other disciplines. Veterinary student training programs are headed by the Director of CSU’s ACLAM-approved Comparative Medicine Training Program. Comparative Medicine Residents and CSU LAR veterinary staff will provide guidance and mentorship to participants. There are currently 5 residents and 3 ACLAM diplomat veterinarians on staff.
The extern(s) will participate in the daily activities of the department, including assisting the veterinary technicians, facility managers and supervisor, staff veterinarians and post-DVM residents in the various daily activities. Typical tasks include:
- Training in practical techniques
- Disease surveillance
- Pathology of laboratory animals
- Clinical case workup
- Husbandry and enrichment practices
- Facility design
- Protocol and Standard Operation Procedure design
- Regulatory oversight
- Management and staff meeting attendance as appropriate
- Tours of non-LAR and non-CSU facilities
There are two options for externships available:
- 2-4 week externship opportunities available throughout the year for clinical year veterinary students with an interest in laboratory animal medicine (LAM). Candidates with an interest in a career in LAM will be given preference for these positions. Please email Jessica Ayers with a letter of intent, CV, and contact information for two references, plus 1-2 desired start dates (at least two month’s notice is preferred).
- ASLAP Summer Fellowship-a 10-12 week summer program available for first or second year veterinary students supported by The American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners Foundation. This program will provide pre-doctoral veterinary students with exposure to practical and clinical laboratory animal medicine and related biomedical research.
- The program runs from mid-May to early August. Students will be assigned a research project related to an aspect of laboratory animal/comparative medicine and will participate in the Boerhinger Ingelheim Summer Scholars Program at CSU, culminating with a presentation at the National Veterinary Scholars Symposium in August.
- To submit an application please provide the following materials to Lon Kendall, email is preferred.
- Statement of interest in the fellowship program, including a summary of career goals, specific areas of research interest and previous experience in laboratory/comparative animal medicine.
- Biographical sketch or curriculum vitae
- Veterinary school transcript
- Three letters of reference from individuals able to evaluate your applicable experience
- Applicants must be enrolled in a college of veterinary medicine eligible for representation in the SAVMA HOD.
- A negative tuberculin skin test must be completed within 6 months of the start of the fellowship.
- A stipend of $4500.00 will be provided, plus training and research project costs and travel to the National Veterinary Scholars Symposium.
- 2018 DEADLINES: Please submit materials by February 9th, 2018.
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