Type of InstitutionPublic University
DirectorCraig Franklin, DVM, PhD, DACLAM and Erin O’Connor, DVM, MS, DACLAM
AddressDepartment of Veterinary Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine,  4011 Discovery Drive, Columbia, MO 65201
Who to ContactCraig Franklin, DVM, PhD
Contact Emailfranklinc@missouri.edu
Contact Phone(573) 882-6623
Contact Fax(573) 884-7521
How long are the rotations?Varies; may range from 3-12 weeks
When do rotations start?Any time; coordinate with Dr. Franklin.  Please keep in mind that summers often fill up with ASLAP fellows (see below) and activities may slow during the week of AALAS and over the holidays
PrerequisitesHave completed at least one year of veterinary school; demonstrate an interest in research and laboratory animal medicine

How many trainees at one time?

1-3 externships are available at any one time
SalaryOnly for summer ASLAP fellows
BenefitsGreat group to work with
Availability of housingExterns may rent apartments or stay with current postdoctoral trainees.  Housing expenses are the responsibility of the extern and we can provide assistance in finding housing.
Overview of the program

The University of Missouri Comparative Medicine Program offers two programs for veterinary students: 1) externships for 3-6 weeks and 2) a 10-12 week summer ASLAP Fellowship Program. Both programs combine laboratory animal medicine activities with a research project.

Externs and ASLAP fellows participate in laboratory animal medicine activities 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 extern’s 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.

One other important note –It is highly advantageous to have your own vehicle for transportation during your externship at MU. Public transportation in Columbia does not reach all sites including Discovery Ridge where many cool activities occur.  Bikes are an option, however Discovery Ridge is about 5 miles from campus and the roads may be hazardous. If you do not have your own transportation, please try to make other arrangements or schedule your visit when another extern will be here so that you can coordinate rides. You may also rent a vehicle; we can help make arrangements if you decide to go that route.

We also offer a more research focused program, the Veterinary Research Scholars Program where students focus on a research program over a 10-12 weeks summer. 

For more information about our post-DVM residency program, see http://cmp.missouri.edu/.
Other commentsTo apply for an externship (any time), please send a CV (with current veterinary school GPA), letter of interest describing your career interests (including research interests), how this externship will aid in pursuing those interests, and dates you’d like to perform the externship to: Craig Franklin, DVM, PhD DACLAM at franklinc@missouri.edu.  Also, please have one letter of reference sent to the same email address.  Application information, including deadlines, for the ASLAP Fellowship Program and the Veterinary Research Scholars Program is updated annually and can be found at their respective web pages.