Type of InstitutionPublic University
DirectorDr. Alton Swennes
AddressUniversity of Utah, 50 N 5030 E Bldg 587, Salt Lake City, UT 84112
Who to ContactDr. Carissa Jones
Contact Emailcarissa.jones@ocm.utah.edu 
Contact Phone(801) 585-5626
Contact Fax(801) 581-7005
How long are the rotations?2-12 weeks
When do rotations start?

Rolling admission for 2-6 week elective externships (unpaid). Typically June-August for paid summer externship.

PrerequisitesApplication includes a letter of intent, CV, and letter of reference. Preference will be given to students with strong academic qualifications and an expressed intent to pursue a career in laboratory animal medicine and/or research.

How many trainees at one time?


2-6 week elective externships are unpaid. Paid summer externship salary is competitive ($684/week).

Availability of housingHousing is not provided
Overview of the program

As a host institution of an ACLAM-recognized residency program, the University of Utah Laboratory Animal Medicine externship program is designed to be an introduction to Comparative Medicine for veterinary students and veterinarians interested in laboratory animal medicine. Our AAALAC-accredited program supports diverse species and biomedical research models, representing a unique opportunity for an immersive externship experience. The experience can be matched to the extern’s interests and culminates in a short project and presentation. The number of positions available and the schedule are dependent on mentor availability.

Externship experiences include assisting with:

  • Clinical care of research animals, including clinical rounds, physical examinations, and differential diagnosis
  • Anesthetic support for experimental procedures, from induction of anesthesia through recovery
  • Animal husbandry and enrichment practices
  • Presentation of information on journal topics and/or assigned topics
  • Handling/training labs as available
  • Regulatory oversight
Other comments

To apply, please provide the following documents:

  1. A letter of intent
  2. Curriculum vitae or resume
  3. A letter of reference from a faculty member/veterinary colleague who is knowledgeable about your professional experience
  4. A letter of good standing from your institution’s Office of Academic Affairs
Applications are due by February 6th, 2023 for the 2023 paid summer externship.
Revised 1/13/2023