Veterinary Student Externship


The University of Chicago Laboratory Animal Medicine Externship Program is intended for veterinary students who are interested in learning about a career in the laboratory animal medicine field. The principal aim of the program is provide a broad overview of the field by exposure to all aspects of animal care and use program at the University of Chicago, one of nation’s leading biomedical research facilities. The program consists of clinical and didactic components and can be tailored to individual student’s interest. Students can extern for 2-4 weeks during their clinical rotations and a small stipend may be available.

University of Chicago also hosts a paid 12-week summer externship program for students who have completed their first or second year of vet school.  This program includes rotations in: Small Animal, Aquatics, and Large Animal Clinical Medicine, Animal Facility Management and Operations, Research Core Facilities, and IACUC/IBC. The extern participates in the residency didactic opportunities and performs a small research project that is presented at the end of the summer.

Clinical Experience:

  • Rounds with the clinical veterinarians, residents, and veterinary technicians
  • Rodents, large animals (ex: dogs, pigs, rabbits), and nonhuman primates
  • Exposure to the health monitoring, biosecurity, and quarantine programs
  • Experience in the rodent gnotobiotics facility and non-traditional and aquatic species
  • Shadow husbandry staff and learn hands-on techniques
  • Anesthesia preparation, surgical monitoring, and post-operative care of various species
  • Exposure to the enrichment program of various species

Didactic Experience:

  • Attend resident didactic lecture series, pathology rounds, journal club, vet’s meeting, open staff meetings, case rounds, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC), Clinical and Surgical Techniques (CAST) working group, and virtual grand rounds
  • Perform IACUC veterinary pre-review of select protocols with the primary vet reviewer
  • Discuss accounting and information management systems as they pertain to laboratory animal facilities
  • Exposure to institutional Standard Operation Procedures (SOPs), Policies and Guidelines, and IACUC protocols

More information on our ASLAP page or contact us here.