USDA-APHIS-VS New York Animal Import Center

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Government/Regulatory Medicine
The New York Animal Import Center (NYAIC) quarantines ~3000 equine, ~1000 avian species, and ~100 miscellaneous livestock each year. Through this externship, the student will be exposed to the regulations governing the importation of animals into the United States. The student extern will shadow the veterinarians, animal health technicians, and animal caretakers at NYAIC, learning about the business of international transportation, regulatory control of imported animals, and husbandry / veterinary care of quarantined livestock. There is also potenetial for exposure to the airport entry point for NYAIC.
The NYAIC currently employees two full-time veterinary medical officers and two animal health technicians with extensive regulatory medicine experience. Additional caretaker, facility management, and support staff will also be available.
Student will have access to numerous veterinary medicine textbooks, JAVMA, and the USDA computer network.
Student will be expected to participate in, but not limited to, the following activities:
1. Collection and submission of samples for import testing
2. Animal rounds and routine physicals
3. Interpretation of CBCs and other routine diagnostics
4. Formal presentation of a relevant disease topic to our staff (time permitting)
Student will have direct & free access to veterinarians 8 hours per day.
USDA-APHIS-VS-New York Animal Import Center
474 International Boulevard
Rock Tavern, NY 12575
Jason [dot] R [dot] Koopman [at] aphis [dot] usda [dot] gov
Jason.R.Koopman, DVM    Add: Renee S. Oleck
Updated: 03/04/13