2021 ASLAP AALAS Travel Award Program

Applications are now being accepted for the 2021 ASLAP AALAS Travel Award Program.

This program is intended to highlight the practice of laboratory animal medicine by providing support for veterinary students and laboratory animal medicine residents/trainees who demonstrate outstanding potential in the field to attend the National AALAS meeting.  

Priority will be given to qualified applicants that are:

  • First time attendees,
  • Presenting at the conference (speaker or poster presentation), and/or
  • Individuals with no other funding opportunities for attending the meeting.

The application materials must be submitted electronically to by June 30that 5 PM.       Winners will be notified by July 25th.     

Nominees must be:

  • A member of either their local student chapter or national ASLAP
  • A member of SAVMA (students) or AVMA (residents)
  • Either a veterinary student in good standing who is currently enrolled (at the time of the conference)  in a North American AVMA-accredited College or School of Veterinary Medicine or a post-graduate veterinarian currently completing an ACLAM recognized training program in laboratory animal medicine.

Please note:

  • Incomplete or late applications will not be evaluated.
  • Recipients can only receive the ASLAP AALAS Travel Award one time.
  • Immediate family members of current members of the ASLAP Board of Directors are not eligible to receive an ASLAP Veterinary Student Award:

Nomination packets must include:

  1. Completed ASLAP AALAS Travel Award Application
  2. Support from the ASLAP liaison for the University or the Residency/Training Program Director
  3. A letter of support from a current ASLAP member (max 500 words)
  4. An essay of up to 500 words describing their interest in laboratory animal medicine, participation in activities related to laboratory animal medicine, and how attendance at the meeting will benefit their future career goals.
  5. A detailed estimate of expenses not to exceed $1,500
  6. A current CV

ASLAP Veterinary Student Award Program (VSAP)

The ASLAP Foundation is seeking nominations of senior veterinary students for the Society’s Veterinary Student Award Program (VSAP). Click here for the nomination form  or form

The Veterinary Student Award Program (VSAP) provides awards (a certificate, one year’s membership in ASLAP and a copy of the 3rd edition of the ACLAM Laboratory Animal Medicine textbook, and a monetary award of $300). There will be a total of five awards presented.

The VSAP is intended to increase awareness of the practice of laboratory animal medicine by recognizing current senior veterinary students who have demonstrated significant interest and potential in the field. Awards will be presented at each school during their awards program or another suitable public event involving a large proportion of the student body. Past winners of the VSAP Award are not eligible.

Nominations are welcomed and encouraged from any current national ASLAP member. Completed nomination forms should be accompanied by the student’s CV and an essay written by the student of up to 500 words describing their participation in activities related to laboratory animal medicine and how these activities have influenced their interests and career goals.

Please note that senior students that wish to nominate themselves or another student must be members of the national ASLAP organization. Nomination forms including essays and CVs must be received by March 15, 2021.

Please send nominations to Sally Westlake ( Again, all nominations must be complete and received by March 15th. Click here for the nomination form  or form

Please support and encourage a senior veterinary student you know who is interested in laboratory animal medicine by nominating them for this award.

Winners of the 2020 Veterinary Student Award Program

We want to congratulate the following winners of the 2020 ASLAP Foundation Veterinary Student Award Program:

  • Bridget  M Clancy
  • Duc Minh Nguyen
  • Lindsey T Ferguson
  • Michelle N Sullivan
  • Vittoria M Capria

ASLAP Foundation 2021 Summer Fellowship Program

The American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners with several funding partners is supporting 10-12 week Summer Fellowships in Laboratory Animal Medicine.

Are you interested in clinical veterinary medicine and research? Do you want to work with a variety of non-traditional species? Are you curious about cutting edge science that defines the human and animal biomedical fields? If you are, then LABORATORY ANIMAL MEDICINE is the career for you, we can help you explore, AND pay you to do so! Activities in these programs will include practice of clinical medicine in a research environment, pathology of laboratory animals, surgery, animal colony management, working closely with laboratory animal veterinarians and residents, participation in journal clubs, seminars and management teams, regulatory oversight of animals used in research, laboratory animal medicine research and a number of other exciting endeavors.

Program structures, activities, fellow numbers and application requirements vary so you can surely find a program that fits your goals. Please review the program web sites or contact directors for more information. Participating programs and their sponsorships are                                                                   

Program Location*Director Contact informationApplication Timeline**  
Colorado State University  Dr. Lon Kendall (lon.kendall@colostate.eduFebruary 8, 2021
Cornell University Dr. Wendy Williams ( 8, 2021
Emory UniversityDr. Deb Mook (  February 8, 2021
The Ohio State UniversityDr. Judy Hickman-Davis (  February 8, 2021
The University of Illinois-Chicago Dr. Lisa Halliday (lhall@uic.eduFebruary 8, 2021
The University of Missouri  Dr. Craig Franklin ( 8, 2021
The University of PennsylvaniaDr. James Marx (marx@upenn.eduFebruary 8, 2021

Tri-Institutional Program
(Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Ctr,Weill Cornell Medicine)

 Dr. Heather Martin ( 8, 2021

*click on the school for access to the program’s web site

**applications are due February 8; applicants will have until March 8 to interview with programs; offers may be made at any time during this period and applicants may accept or decline at any time, but applicants will not be required to accept offers until March 8.

Your Profession needs laboratory animal veterinarians! If you are among this growing cadre of students who realize the excitement and personal rewards of a career in laboratory animal medicine, these programs are a great resource for you to explore and gain experience. Consider a Laboratory Animal Medicine Fellowship – it will be a very rewarding experience!