2022 ASLAP AALAS Travel Award Program

Applications are now being accepted for the 2022 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 July 15th.       Winners will be notified by August 1..     

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 

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 five current senior veterinary students who have demonstrated significant interest and potential in the field. Awards will be presented at the student’s respective 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 and whether they have applied to and/or been accepted to an ACLAM recognized training program.

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 31, 2021.

Please send nominations to Sally Westlake ( Again, all nominations must be complete and received by March 31st. 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.

ASLAP Foundation 2022 Summer Fellowship Program

The American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners Foundation 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 information
Application Timeline**
Colorado State UniversityDr. Lon Kendall ( 7, 2022
Cornell UniversityDr. Wendy Williams ( 7, 2022
Emory UniversityDr. Deb Mook ( 7, 2022
The Ohio State UniversityDr. Stacey Meeker ( 7, 2022
The University of Illinois-ChicagoDr. Lisa Halliday ( 7, 2022
The University of MissouriDr. Craig Franklin ( 7, 2022
The University of PennsylvaniaDr. James Marx ( 7, 2022
The University of ChicagoDr. Kerith Luchins ( 7, 2022

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

**applications are due February 7; applicants will have until February 28 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 February 28.

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!