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USDA, APHIS, Veterinary Services, Mississippi State Univ. CVM
The Mississippi State University's College of Veterinary Medicine represents many disciplines that address urgent issues including new or emerging disease pathogens some of which may be zoonotic or exotic, agroterroism, bioterroism, environmental safety, and food safety problems that pose a risk to the well-being of citizens in the United States and around the world. As these threats grow and diversify, there is an increasing demand for veterinarians in the field of public practice and food supply veterinary medicine. The faculty within the Department of Pathobiology and Population Medicine works to prepare students for employment opportunities which will meet these needs. Students are encouraged and provided time to complete externships involving public and corporate practice.
In response to the needs posed by these challenges, Mississippi State has embarked on a partnership with the United States Department ofAgriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Veterinary Services (USDA, APHIS, VS - www.aphis.usda.gov)to provide experiential learning opportunities for students during summers,breaks and open rotations. The focus of the learning opportunities is to provide veterinary students with hands-on experience in public veterinary practice through externships. A list and description of the externships can be found at: http://www.cvm.msstate.edu/current_students/externships/aphis_opportunities.html
Externships usually last 2-4 weeks and do not require a formal competitive application process. They can be completed throughout the calendar year dependant upon the student's schedule and the program availability. There is no reimbursement of expenses or a salary provided for externships. Please be aware that the student will have to arrange for housing and transportation during the externship. The local offices can assist with this if a student is accepted. Costs for travel and housing are the responsibility of the student. There are a variety of opportunities in many locations on the link listed below.
No, but assistance to locate housing will be provided.
Application for Externship
To apply the student is required to submit 1 letter of reference, a cover letter that describes interest, background and the dates of availability for the 2- 4 week externship, and a resume. The application should be submitted electronically. Submissions should be made to:
Linda A. Detwiler, DVM
Department of Pathobiology and Population Medicine
116 Baird Road
Millstone Township, NJ 08535
Email: ldetwiler [at] belle-terre [dot] com
Information on the externships as well as other opportunities may be found at:
Signature On File: Linda A. Detwiler, DVM