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Comparative Pathology Externships

Yerkes' Division of Pathology offers two- to 10-week Comparative Pathology externships to veterinary students entering their 3rd or 4th year. Two types of externships are available:

1) Harold McClure Veterinary Pathology Extern Scholarship, which is awarded to one to two students per year. This externship provides a generous stipend for training periods of at least four weeks.

2) Shorter externships are available on a case-by-case basis. While these do not offer a stipend, funds may be available through the ACVP Externship Scholarship program.

Both externship programs are designed to provide exposure to all aspects of Yerkes' nonhuman primate and rodent caseloads, including opportunities to perform necropsies and microscopic evaluations on nonhuman primates and rodents, rotate through Yerkes' on-site histology and clinical pathology laboratories, and assume responsibility for histopathology on at least one case. Fall externships include attendance at the Yerkes resident training course, “Laboratory Animal Pathology.”

Externs will work closely with ACVP-certified pathologists, have access to laboratory animal veterinarians and opportunities to use Yerkes' specialized laboratory animal pathology library when preparing papers and presentations. Opportunities to shadow a clinical veterinarian are also available. Attendance at Yerkes combined medicine and pathology rounds, multi-institutional pathology rounds and NPRC Virtual Slide Conference is prioritized. Externs are required to give a short presentation at the conclusion of their training.

Interested students should contact Shannon Kirejczyk, DVM, MPH, DACVP, for more information.

To apply, please provide your CV, letter of intent, including your professional goals and previous pathology experience, veterinary school transcript and the name of two educational/professional references. Also, both externship programs require a letter from each applicant's home institution that gives approval for the student to participate and confirms the student is covered by the institution’s liability insurance.