ASLAP Foundation 2020 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 7, 2020
Cornell University Dr. Wendy Williams ( 7, 2020
Emory UniversityDr. Deb Mook (  February 7, 2020
The Ohio State UniversityDr. Judy Hickman-Davis (  February 7, 2020
The University of Illinois-Chicago Dr. Jeff Fortman (jdf@uic.eduFebruary 7, 2020
The University of Missouri  Dr. Craig Franklin ( 7, 2020
The University of PennsylvaniaDr. James Marx (marx@upenn.eduFebruary 7, 2020


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

**applications are due February 7; applicants will have until March 2 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 2.

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!

2019 ASLAP AALAS Travel Award Program

The ASLAP Travel Award Program has been revised, so please read the nomination eligibility and application process below carefully. Laboratory animal medicine residents/trainees are now eligible as well, so please consider nominating your deserving students/residents now!

Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 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.The 2019 meeting will be held at the Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th St. Denver, CO., U.S. from October 13-17, 2019. The Spotlight Forum is, "One Health–Connections Between Animal, Human, and Environmental Health.

Nominations from the national ASLAP membership, including self-nominations, must be received by June 1. Nomination packets must be submitted electronically to Nominees must be members of either their local student chapter or national ASLAP, a member of the student AVMA or national AVMA and be a veterinary student in good standing who is currently enrolled 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. Incomplete or late applications will not be evaluated. Recipients must be a current veterinary student or resident/trainee at the time of the National AALAS conference and cannot have been previous recipients of the ASLAP AALAS Travel Award.

To be eligible, an applicant must meet the following criteria:

  1. Applicants must be members of the Student Chapter of ASLAP at their respective college or school or a current member of the national ASLAP organization.
  2. Applicants must be a Student AVMA or AVMA member.
  3. Applicants must be in good standing with their College or School of Veterinary Medicine or affiliated residency institution.
  4. A student/resident may receive the award once.
  5. The following individuals are not eligible to receive an ASLAP Veterinary Student Award:
    1. Immediate family members of current members of the ASLAP Veterinary Student Liaison Committee (VSLC)
    2. Immediate family members of current members of the ASLAP Board of Directors
    3. Substantial (greater than $500) contributors to the ASLAP Foundation, or immediate family members of substantial contributors.

Nomination packets must include:

  1. ASLAP AALAS Travel Award Nomination form (here )
  2. A current CV including contact information
  3. 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. Applicants should include information on poster/presentation potential if applicable.
  4. A letter of support from the liaison or residency/training program director
  5. A detailed estimate of expenses not to exceed $1,500

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 .

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 13, 2020.

Please send nominations to Sally Westlake ( Again, all nominations must be complete and received by March 13th. Click here for the nomination form .

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