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Mayo Clinic

Type of Institution Private Hospital
Director Jodi Scholz, DVM DACLAM
Address 200 First Street SW
Rochester, MN 55905
Who to Contact Jodi Scholz, DVM DACLAM
Contact Email
Contact Phone 5072840544
Contact Fax 507-284-1059
How long are the rotations? 2 weeks
When do rotations start? year-round; we accept 1-2 students per quarter on a first-come basis
Prerequisites 3rd or 4th year veterinary student
How many trainees at one time? 1
Salary N/A
Benefits N/A
Availability of housing Mayo Clinic provides a discounted room rate agreement to medical trainees at the conveniently located 2nd Street Inn and Suites at $35/night. Students are also welcome to make their own alternative arrangements.
Overview of the program The Mayo Clinic Department of Comparative Medicine (DCM) offers a two week externship in laboratory animal medicine for veterinary students during their clinical clerkship training period. DCM employs four board-certified laboratory animal veterinarians and six certified veterinary technologists who provide preventative and clinical medical care for animals used in research in addition to over 40 animal care technicians working five vivarium facilities. The scope of veterinary work is broad and includes provision of preventative health care, clinical care including post-operative recovery and support, surgical/anesthetic support for large animal projects, review of animal research proposals, and working with scientists on choosing the appropriate animal models. All externs attend IACUC meetings and participate on the veterinary pre-review of animal research proposals. Students can expect to be exposed to a wide variety of species. The extern will also have access to the AALAS Learning Library during the externship, which offers abundant learning opportunities in the field of laboratory animal medicine.
Other comments DCM only accepts one intern during any two week period to maximize the student’s experience. There are no evening or weekend responsibilities with this externship. Hours are typically 8am to 5pm. Dress is semi-formal. Scrub suits and lab coats are provided.