Tufts University (Health Science Campus) Summer Program

Type of InstitutionPrivate University

Scott E. Perkins, VMD, MPH, Dipl. ACLAM


Tufts CMS, 136 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA 02111

Who to ContactScott Perkins, VMD, MPH, Dipl. ACLAM
Contact Emailscott.perkins@tufts.edu
Contact Phone(617) 636-5615
Contact Fax(617) 636-8354
How long are the rotations?10-16 weeks (flexible)
When do rotations start?Mid-May until September
PrerequisitesGeneral interest in or desire to gain additional experience in laboratory animal medicine and/or biomedical research.

How many trainees at one time?

Salary$17/hr (40 hours per week max.)
Availability of housing

Externs are responsible for arranging housing. We are unable to offer any assistance with housing in the Boston area.

Overview of the program

The Tufts Comparative Medicine Services (Tufts CMS) (Formerly 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 Tufts CMS including Veterinary Services, Rodent Breeding Service, Technical Services, Animal Husbandry Service, Comparative Pathology Services, and the Surgical and Interventional Research Laboratory. 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 email a cover letter, resume, veterinary transcripts (unofficial copy is acceptable), and have 2 letters of recommendation emailed to:          


Scott E. Perkins, VMD, MPH, Dipl. ACLAM         

Tufts CMS

136 Harrison Avenue

Boston, MA 02111    

617-636-8354 FAX

scott.perkins@tufts.edu (emailing the documents is preferred)

Other commentsThe application deadline is January 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 scott.perkins@tufts.edu.