Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Center of Comparative Medicine & Pathology

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The Veterinary Student Externship in Laboratory Animal Medicine and Pathology is designed to provide qualified veterinary students a broad overview of laboratory animal medicine, as well as of the residency and research programs at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, The Rockefeller University, and Weill Cornell Medical College.
The externship training consists of experiential and didactic components. Content will depend on the length of the extern's commitment and interests, and is tailored to provide broad exposure.
Experiential Training: The experiential component of the program includes exposure to the following:
  • Facility rounds with attending veterinarians and husbandry and operations management staff
  • Clinical rounds with the clinical veterinary and veterinary technical staff
  • Importation and quarantine testing of various species
  • Preparation, intraoperative monitoring, and postoperative care of animals undergoing surgical or imaging procedures
  • Necropsies under the guidance of a veterinary pathologist
  • Physical examinations, administration of parenteral agents, and collection of fluid/tissue samples under guidance
  • Veterinary consultations with investigative staff on topics including animal model selection and use, experimental procedures, and anesthetic and analgesic selection
  • Rotation through a multidisciplinary clinical and anatomic pathology laboratory
Didactic Training: Externs participate in the following:
  • Seminars and webinars
  • Clinical and pathology conferences
  • Pathology and biosecurity case review
  • Staff meetings
  • Journal Club
  • Investigative staff training seminars and laboratories
The externship program provides trainees access to world-class biomedical research facilities and scientific programs of the three participating institutions. Animal resource programs across these institutions maintain and use a variety of species including mice, rats, hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits, amphibia, livestock, dogs, cats, and non-human primates. The combined Tri-Institutional average daily animal census exceeds 300,000 animals, and more than 250 professional and technical personnel staff the animal resource programs. Animals are housed in ten distinct animal facilities on the Tri-Institutional campus. Specialized facilities include BSL-2 and BSL-3 animal facilities and laboratories; a multidisciplinary laboratory of comparative pathology and a genetically engineered animal phenotyping service; rodent barrier facilities; gene-targeted mutant mouse core laboratories; surgical facilities; and small and large animal multimodality imaging centers. Additionally, trainees may be exposed to the operation of several off-site animal research laboratories and a field research center.
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Externs are encouraged to actively participate in all aspects of the externship by asking questions and possibly researching issues that may arise. Students that are here for longer than 2 weeks are asked to do a short presentation on an interesting case or a topic overview.
Each extern is assigned to a post-doctoral resident who is a veterinarian becoming board certified in laboratory aniaml medicine. This will be their primary contact for the rotation. Externs shadow personnel in all aspects of the field so there is exposure to not only veterinarians as well; however, the majority of the time will involve direct interaction with a veterinarian ( 5 hours per day, 25 hours per week).
Center of Comparative Medicine & Pathology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Center of Comparative Medicine and Pathology
1275 York Avenue
Box 270
New York, NY 10021
martinh [at] mskcc [dot] org
Website Address:
Dr. Heather Martin, DVM, DACLAM   212-746-1077
Posted: 02/14/14    updated 11/24/15 jfs