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Research Fellowships and Externships for Veterinary Students

This site contains information and links to various internal and external fellowships/externships available for veterinary students.

Boehringer Ingelheim Veterinary Scholars Program-National Site

Through a supportive, mentored research experience in an established laboratory and through seminars and discussion groups on careers in science, it is hoped that veterinary students will gain an insight on career opportunities in biomedical research.

Veterinary students in their first or second year of veterinary school are encouraged to apply. Programs are typically 10-12 weeks during the summer and held at veterinary schools throughout the US and Canada. Students are eligible to apply to any of the institutions listed with an active Merial Veterinary Scholars Program, regardless of where you are currently enrolled. There are 28 universities listed that are participating in this program.


Stanford Medicine Summer Fellowships

This program seeks to help veterinary students become biomedical researchers. Open to First through Third year veterinary students. Ten veterinary students will be admitted for the summer of 2016. The program lasts 10-12 weeks during the months of (dates are flexible) May through September. Application Deadline is February
More information can be found at Stanford Medicine

Research training in Biomedical Sciences at Stanford University

This program is open to individuals with a veterinary degree and fourth year veterinary students. Funded by NIH. Contact Paul Buckmast ( or 650-498-4774 for information and application instructions.

CDC-Hubert Global Health Fellowship

The CDC-Hubert Global Health Fellowship provides opportunities for third and fourth year medical and veterinary students to gain public health experience in an international setting. Each year, 10 highly qualified individuals spend 6-12 weeks working in a developing country alongside recognized experts from CDC and other national and international health agencies. Application deadline: February . Hubert Fellowship

Jules and Ruth Cass Clerkship Award in Comparative Laboratory Animal Medicine, Science and Technology

The American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine sponsors a summer fellowship for an Ohio State University veterinary student for the purpose of gaining experience in and/or exposure to the field of laboratory animal medicine. The deadline for submission is February . Any veterinary student interested in this field is strongly encouraged to consider applying for this opportunity.

The experience consists of a paid 12-week summer program administered by the OSU University Laboratory Animal Resources (ULAR). The fellow will have the opportunity to work with a variety of species including mice, rats, rabbits, pigs, dogs, hamsters, and non-human primates. The fellow will gain experience in experimental surgery, various technical procedures, research animal oversight and regulations, administration of a lab animal program, overall operation and facility design of an animal vivarium, and didactic seminars related to clinical care of the research animals, as well as other aspects of laboratory animal medicine.

Selection: Students will be selected based on their CV, letter of intent, copy of transcripts, reference letter and interview. 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. Materials can be sent to by . Point of contact: Dr Judy Hickman-Davis.

The application deadline is February .  Applicants will have until March 15 to interview with programs; offers may be made at any time during this period and applicants may accept or decline at any time, but applicants will not be required to accept offers until March 18. CASS CLERKSHIP FLYER

ASLAP - Summer Fellowships in Laboratory Animal Medicine

The American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners with several funding partners is supporting 10-12 week Summer Fellowships in Laboratory Animal Medicine. Activities in these programs will include practice of clinical medicine in a research environment, pathology of laboratory animals, surgery, animal colony management, working closely with laboratory animal veterinarians and residents, participation in journal clubs, seminars and management teams, regulatory oversight of animals used in research, laboratory animal medicine research and a number of other exciting endeavors.

Program structures, activities, fellow numbers and application requirements vary so you can surely find a program that fits your goals. Please review the program websites or contact directors for more information. Participating programs and their sponsorships are:

They all have a February  8 deadline.

*click on the school for access to the program's website
**applications are due February 8; applicants will have until March 4 to interview with programs; offers may be made at any time during this period and applicants may accept or decline at any time, but applicants will not be required to accept offers until March 4.

Boehringer Ingelheim - Experimental and Molecular Pathology Summer Intern-1814731

Boehringer Ingelheim is currently seeking a talented and innovative intern to join the Non-clinical Drug Safety department located at their Ridgefield, CT facility. as an intern, your project will support the Experimental and Molecualr Pathology groups by utilizing image analysis approaches in the evaluation of histologic specimens. More information can be found in the following PDF.

BI - Experimental and Molecular Pathology Summer Intern-1814731

Johns Hopkins University Department of Molecular and Comparative Pathobiology

Johns Hopkins Department of Molecular and Comparative Pathobiology offers two (2) Boehringer Ingelheim Veterinary Scholars Program fellowhips to veterinary students. The program focuses on cutting edge translational research at our world renowned biomedical research facility.

To be eligible for the fellowship, a student must have completed one (1) year of the professional veterinary curriculum. More information can be found at Johns Hopkins

Johns Hopkins Department of Molecular and Comparative Pathobiology - Diagnostic Pathology

Johns Hopkins offers two (2) summer fellowships in diagnostic pathology to veterinary students. This program has two goals for the successful applicant: 1) acquire competence in diagnostic pathology in a wide range of laboratory, domestic and exotic animals, and 2) gain research experience in a world-class biomedical research lab. Summer fellows will participate in the animal necropsy service for laboratory animals housed within the University as well as see cases from the Maryland Zoo, National Aquarium in Baltimore, and local practitioners. Fellows wll perform gross necropsies, trim tissues and make histopathologic diagnoses. Cases will be signed out with one of five ACVP Diplomates on faculty. Trainees will work side by side with DVMs participating in the postdoctoral training program in Comparative Medicine. Necropsy rotation will be two to three days a week. Summer fellows will not be required to be on evening or weekend call.

To be eligible, a student must have completed 2 years of the professional veterinary curriculum. More information can be found at Johns Hopkins-Diagnostic Pathology

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Summer Internship Opportunities for Veterinary Students

NIH Summer Internship Program, (part of the larger NIH Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research) provides selected veterinary medical students with the opportunity to receive hands-on scientific research experience. In addition to working in a laboratory, students also take advantage of other ongoing activities at the NIH, such as attending seminars, facility tours and meeting with veterinarians engaged in biomedical research.

More information can be found at NIH Summer Internships

HHMI Research Opportunities for Veterinary Students at US Schools
In order to encourage more veterinary students to pursue academic and research careers, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) offers an outstanding year-long training program for students enrolled in the US. Students enrolled in DVM/PhD programs are not eligible to apply. Below are listed opportunities.

1. HHMI Medical Research Fellows Program enables medical, dental and veterinary students at schools located in the US to spend a year conducting basic, translational, or applied biomedical research at any academic or nonprofit research institution in the United States, except federal government agencies. Students select a mentor and prepare a laboratory-based research proposal as part of the application process. Veterinary students' projects must involve comparative medicine. 
2. The Medical Research Fellows Program at Janelia  offers students with an interest in neuronal networking and/or imaging at the cellular and molecular level an intense year-long research training experience, living and working at HHMI's Janelia Research Campus, a world-class research center in the Washington DC area.
3. The Medical Research Fellows Program at K-RITH is targeted to students interested in conducting research in HIV, TB, or co-infection in a state-of-the-art research institute at the heart of the TB and HIV epidemics in Durban, South Africa.

For further information, visit: or email

Nestle Purina's Veterinary Student Summer Research Fellowships

The objective of this program is to provide veterinary students with an opportunity to be involved in research and participate in the advancement of knowledge in canine and feline nutrition and health care. Towards this end, a fund has been established that will provide small grants to faculty members to support a summer salary for a veterinary student as well as funds to support a small, well designed research project. The research is expected to be conducted or coordinated by the student, and of suitable caliber to enable publication in a veterinary or other scientific journal. Funded students will be expected to spend time working on other ongoing projects in the faculty member's laboratory, in addition to their primary research project, so that they may have a broader research experience.

Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis to faculty members willing to serve as a supervisor and mentor to the veterinary student. Selection will be based on review of proposals received on or before March 1 of each year. Preference will be given to those studies involving nutritional issues related to the dog and cat. Invasive or terminal research will NOT be funded.

Following is the link with more information, including the application guidelines.

Nestle Purina VSSRF

Cornell Summer Research and Leadership Program

The Leadership Program for Veterinary Scholars at Cornell University is a unique summer research experience for veterinary students who seek to broadly influence the veterinary profession through a science-bsed career. The program is intensive, research-oriented initiative that combines faculty-guided research with vocational counseling, student-directed learning, and other professional enrichment activities.

Cornell Leadership Program


Wake Forest University School of Medicine - Summer Research Fellowships in Comparative Medicine

The Department of Pathology/Section on Comparative Medicine of Wake Forest University School of Medicine invites applicants from 1st and 2nd year veterinary students for NIH-sponsored Summer Research Fellowships in Comparative Medicine. These positions provide a unique opportunity for structured training in a research-intensive environment, with a focus on comparative disease pathophysiology in nonhuman primates and other species. Research opportunities include internationally recognized programs in aging, development, cardiovascular disease, cancer, regenerative medicine, diabetes, reproductive system disorders, and substance abuse. Wakeforest Summer Fellowships

More information can be found in the following pdf - Training Grant Recruiting Ad 2020