Oregon National Primate Research Center

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Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC) is pleased to offer the opportunity for veterinary students enrolled in accredited institutions to obtain training in nonhuman primate veterinary medicine under the mentorship of our highly-trained veterinary staff. Externship opportunities are available year-round in 2-week increments. Longer externships are available under special arrangement. The Division of Comparative Medicine at the ONPRC cares for approximately 5000 nonhuman primates that are either in breeding groups or are assigned to specific research studies. Students will rotate through the four units of DCM (Clinical Medicine, Pathology, Surgery, and Behavior) and gain in-depth exposure to the husbandry and clinical management of nonhuman primates involved in biomedical research. This externship provides a unique opportunity for veterinary students interested in laboratory animal medicine, zoo medicine, or wildlife medicine to gain experience in nonhuman primate veterinary medicine.
The Division of Comparative Medicine (DCM) at the ONPRC cares for approximately 5000 nonhuman primates that are either in breeding groups or are assigned to specific research studies. Students will rotate through the four units of DCM (Clinical Medicine, Pathology, Surgery, and Behavior) and gain in-depth exposure to the husbandry and clinical management of nonhuman primates involved in biomedical research. Students will participate in physical examinations, triage, emergency clinical care, surgical services, and behavioral observations involving non-human primates. Students will also have the opportunity to gain exposure the the laws and regulations that govern the use of animals in research. This externship provides a unique opportunity for veterinary students interested in laboratory animal medicine, zoo medicine, or wildlife medicine to gain experience in nonhuman primate veterinary medicine. Students requesting a more in-depth experience may request a longer externship to focus on a particular aspect of the program. These requests are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
The DCM at ONPRC participates in the Oregon State Laboratory Animal Medicine Post-doctoral Training Consortium with Oregon State University and the main campus of Oregon Health & Science University. Depending on the timing of the externship, students may participate in activities associated with this training program and will interact with residents in the program. There are three diplomates of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine on campus for students to talk with if they are interested in pursuing ACLAM board certification. There are also three diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Pathology on campus. DCM supports four research divisions, including the division of Pathobiology and Immunology, the division of Diabetes, Obesity, and Metabolism, the division of Neuroscience, and the division of Reproductive and Developmental Science. Students will gain exposure to research projects utilizing animal models from these divisions.
Students will have access to The Isabel McDonald Library, located at the Oregon National Primate Research Center. The library maintains a collection of journals, books and reference materials in support of the research needs of the ONPRC scientific community. There is a strong emphasis on current and historical works on primatology.
Students will be shadowing staff at the ONPRC and will have the opportunity to perform physical examinations, clinical and surgical treatments, and behavioral observations under the direct supervision of DCM staff.
Students will be able to move about the ONPRC campus unescorted, but will always be under the direct supervision of DCM staff when interacting with animals. Students generally participate in the program during normal business hours between 7:30 am - 4 pm Monday through Friday. Students will have numerous opportunities for direct access to veterinarians during their rotations through the four units of DCM.
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Oregon National Primate Research Center
505 NW 185th Avenue
Beaverton, OR 97006
(503) 645-1141
(503) 614-3736
stantoje [at] ohsu [dot] edu
Jeff Stanton, DVM, MA, DACLAM
Posted:  05/12/14