Type of Institution Public University
Director Craig Franklin, DVM, PhD
Address Department of Veterinary Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine,  4011 Discovery Drive, Columbia, MO 65201
Who to Contact Craig Franklin, DVM, PhD
Contact Email franklinc@missouri.edu
Contact Phone (573) 882-6623
Contact Fax (573) 884-7521
How long are the rotations? varies from 3-12 wks
When do rotations start? any time; coordinate with Dr. Franklin
Prerequisites Complete one year of veterinary school; interest in research and laboratory animal medicine

How many trainees at one time?

Salary $360/week
Benefits housing allowance
Availability of housing Apartments or stay with current postdoctoral trainees.
Overview of the program

The University of Missouri Comparative Medicine Program offers externships for 3-6 weeks. These combine laboratory animal medicine activities with a research project.

Externs participate in three areas: laboratory animal medicine, comparative pathology and comparative medicine research, but may emphasize one or more areas depending on their interests.

LABORATORY ANIMAL MEDICINE: externs participate in the day to day activities of providing clinical veterinary care to research animals. They assist and participate in routine health care and diagnosis and designing treatment plans for a diverse group of animals including dogs, cats, rabbits, swine, rats, mice and genetically-engineered animals. Externs gain experience in laboratory animal practice/facility management by observing interactions and problem solving between laboratory animal veterinarians, research staff and animal care staff. Externs may also participate in experimental surgeries and facility inspections if the latter are ongoing during the externs visit.

COMPARATIVE MEDICINE RESEARCH: Externs are assigned a research project, depending on project availability. The extern conducts a literature review, implements the project, analyzes data generated and gives a short presentation at the completion of the externship. Externs can also rotate with post-DVM trainees of the CMP who are actively engaged in research projects. During these rotations, externs discuss projects and participate in laboratory procedures.

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES: Externs may also participate in a variety of ongoing activities such as seminars, review of pathology slides, lab meetings, journal clubs, animal handling laboratories and rounds. Externs are under the direct supervision of clinical veterinarians, research scientists, comparative pathologists and post-DVM trainees throughout the externship.

For more information about our post-DVM residency program, see http://cmp.missouri.edu/.

We also have two more extended (10-12 weeks) summer programs. See http://www.cvm.missouri.edu/vrs/index.htm and http://www.cvm.missouri.edu/vrs/aslap.htm (web pages are updated in November).

Other comments To apply, please send a CV (with current veterinary school GPA), letter of interest describing your career interests (including research interests) and how this externship will aid in pursuing those interests, dates you’d like to perform the externship, and one letter of reference to: Craig Franklin, DVM, PhD DACLAM Department of Veterinary Pathobiology University of Missouri 4011 Discovery Drive, Rm N128 Columbia, MO 65201 Phone (573) 882-6623 FAX (573) 882-9857 E-mail franklinc@missouri.edu