Type of InstitutionPrivate University
DirectorKerith Luchins, DVM, DACLAM
Address5841 S. Maryland Ave, MC 1030, Chicago, IL 60637
Who to ContactKerith Luchins, DVM, DACLAM
Contact Emailkluchins@bsd.uchicago.edu
Contact Phone(773) 702-6675
Contact Fax(773) 702-9152
How long are the rotations?2-12 weeks
When do rotations start?


Rolling admissions for 2-4 week externships; we follow the ASLAP Foundation Summer Fellowship Program deadlines for the 12-week summer externship


Preference for applicants with at least two years of veterinary school.  Application includes CV, letter of intent, unofficial transcript, and 3 letters of recommendation

How many trainees at one time?

SalaryStipend may be available for 2-4 week externships; 12-week summer externship is paid
Availability of housingHousing is not provided
Overview of the program

The University of Chicago Laboratory Animal Medicine Externship Program is intended for veterinary students who are interested in learning about a career in the laboratory animal medicine field. The principal aim of the program is to provide a broad overview of the field by exposure to all aspects of animal care and use program at the University of Chicago, one of the nation's leading biomedical research facilities. The program consists of a clinical and didactic components and can be tailored to individual student’s interest. Students can extern for 2-4 weeks during their clinical rotations and a small stipend may be available.

The University of Chicago also hosts a paid 12-week summer externship program for students who have completed their first or second year of vet school.  This program includes rotations in: Small Animal, Aquatics, and Large Animal Clinical Medicine, Animal Facility Management and Operations, Research Core Facilities, and IACUC/IBC. The extern participates in the residency didactic opportunities and performs a small research project that is presented at the end of the summer.

Clinical Experience:

  • Rounds with the clinical veterinarian, resident, and veterinary technicians
  • Exposure to the health monitoring, biosecurity, and quarantine programs
  • Experience in the rodent gnotobiotics facility, non-traditional, and aquatic species
  • Shadow husbandry staff and learn hands-on techniques
  • Anesthesia preparation, surgical monitoring, and post-operative care of various species
  • Exposure to the enrichment program of various species

Didactic Experience:

  • Attend resident didactic lecture series, pathology rounds, journal club, vet’s meeting, open staff meetings, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC), Clinical and Surgical Techniques (CAST) working group, and virtual grand rounds
  • Perform IACUC veterinary pre-review of select protocols with the primary vet reviewer
  • Exposure to institutional Standard Operation Procedures (SOPs), Policies and Guidelines, and IACUC protocols
Other comments 

Website: https://voices.uchicago.edu/lamtp/history/mentored-research-experience-2/

rev. 7/8/2021