Penn State College of Medicine

Type of InstitutionPublic University
DirectorDr. Ronald P. Wilson

Department of Comparative Medicine, H054, M.S. Hershey Medical Center, 500 University Drive, P.O. Box 850, Hershey, PA  17033

Who to ContactDr. Jennifer L. Booth
Contact Phone(717) 531-0003 ext. 282604
Contact Fax(717) 531-5001
How long are the rotations?Typically, between 2 – 4 weeks.
When do rotations start?Rolling admission
PrerequisitesThere are no academic prerequisites.

How many trainees at one time?

Availability of housing

Not provided. Assistance with finding suitable housing is available.

Overview of the program

This in-person externship opportunity is available to undergraduate students, current veterinary students, or veterinary professionals who have an interest in laboratory animal medicine. Externs will have the opportunity to shadow members of the department, including the current veterinary residents, veterinary technicians, faculty, and staff as appropriate.  During clinical rounds, externs will have the opportunity to see various species including mice, rats, hamsters, rabbits, sheep, calves, swine, and zebrafish. Externs will have the opportunity to learn rodent handling skills and various techniques in the hands-on training program. Externs may have the opportunity to attend the monthly IACUC meeting and join resident didactic courses. Virtual learning modules are available to enhance the learning experience. Externs will be given a project or topic and will be required to give a presentation to members of the department at the end of the rotation.

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