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Yerkes National Primate Research Center

Type of Institution Private University
Director Joyce Cohen
Address Emory University
954 Gatewood road NE
Atlanta, GA 30329
Who to Contact Denyse Levesque
Contact Email
Contact Phone 404-727-8101
Contact Fax 404-727-3756
How long are the rotations? Summer intership: 8-10 weeks, externship: 3-5 weeks
When do rotations start? internship : summer only; externship: all year
Prerequisites Internship: minimum 2nd year veterinary student Externship: minimum 3rd year veterinary student
How many trainees at one time? one or two
Salary Salary offered for summer internship; no salary for externship
Benefits Emory University benefits offered for summer internship
Availability of housing Then student must find their own housing
Overview of the program The Yerkes National Primate Center, Division of Animal Resources Veterinary Externship and Internship Program is designed to allow veterinary medical students the opportunity to experience the multifaceted field of Laboratory Animal Medicine as specifically relating to nonhuman primates. In addition, the student can expect to learn the particular needs, regulations and guidelines associated with the use of non-human primates in biomedical research. Ten veterinarians supervise the experience, and the students will work closely with veterinary residents and veterinary technicians to gain a working knowledge and appreciation of the specialty of nonhuman primate medicine. The variety of species includes, but not limited to, squirrel monkeys, macaques and chimpanzees. Each day routine will vary but will include clinical rounds and observations of the animals, report of clinical problems to the veterinarians and follow-up of those cases with the clinicians. Observation of different types of surgeries and different imaging sessions (MRI, PET), participation in anesthesia monitoring and post-operative care as well as different experimental procedures requested by investigators such as bleeding, bronchoscopy, rectal and lymph nodes biopsies, CSF taps, i.v. infusions, etc., will also be part of the daily training. You also have the opportunity to get involved in necropsy and histopathology of interesting select clinical cases. Time will be dedicated for animal observation and discussions with the personnel in the Enrichment department. Finally, you will attend an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee meeting to better understand the process involved in reviewing animal research proposals. A variety of literature and documents will be provided which we will expect you to read and consult.