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Tufts University (Health Science Campus) Summer Program

Type of Institution Private University
Director Scott Perkins, VMD, MPH, ACLAM
Address DLAM
136 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02026
Who to Contact Scott Perkins
Contact Email
Contact Phone 617-636-5615
Contact Fax 617-636-8354
How long are the rotations? 10-16 weeks (flexible)
When do rotations start? May through August (flexible)
Prerequisites General interest in or desire to gain additional experience in laboratory animal medicine and/or biomedical research.
How many trainees at one time? 2
Salary $17/hr (40 hours per week max.)
Benefits None
Availability of housing Externs are responsible for arranging housing. We are unable to offer any assistance with housing in the Boston area.

The Division of Laboratory Animal Medicine (DLAM) at the Tufts University Health Sciences Campus (Tufts HSC) and the Tufts Medical Center, located in downtown Boston and the Tufts University Undergraduate Campus in Medford, MA, has externship opportunities for 2 veterinary students each summer. The position(s) will be available from Mid-May until September and will be full-time paid positions ($17/hr; 40hr/week). The length of the externship can be tailored to the individual. The responsibilities of the extern will include assisting the veterinary technicians, facility manager and supervisors, and veterinarians in the various daily activities in the animal facilities. The extern(s) will rotate through various sections of the DLAM including the Animal Health Service, Animal Husbandry Service, and Comparative Pathology Services (CPS). In addition, the extern will have the ability to rotate through the Surgical and Interventional Research Laboratories (SIRL). The extern(s) are expected to participate in the daily activities of the department and may have an opportunity to become involved in specific research projects, depending on his/her interest. In addition, the extern(s) will be required to present a seminar at the end of the externship on a topic of their choice, approved by a staff veterinarian. The externship is an excellent opportunity for 1st or 2nd year veterinary students who have an interest in or desire to gain additional experience in laboratory animal medicine and/or biomedical research. Interested individuals should send (via email is fine) a cover letter, resume, veterinary transcripts, and 2 letters of recommendation to:

Scott E. Perkins, VMD, MPH, Dipl. ACLAM
136 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02111
617-636-8354 FAX

The application deadline is February 15th of each year (or until the positions are filled with qualified applicants). For further information, please feel free to contact Dr. Perkins at (617) 636-5615 or via e-mail at