Veterinary Student Externship Program

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.

For further information, contact:

Lon V. Kendall, D.V.M., Ph.D., ACLAM

Director Laboratory Animal Resources

Colorado State University

2007 Painter Center Fort Collins CO 80523-1619

Phone: (970) 491-5903

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