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Veterinary Student Training Opportunities

Summer Fellowships in Comparative Pathology

Externships in Comparative Pathology

Externships in Laboratory Animal Medicine (Comparative Medicine)


Summer Fellowships in Comparative Pathology

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The department of Molecular and Comparative Pathobiology offers summer fellowships for veterinary students to gain experience in Comparative Pathology. This a paid summer fellowship. Students perform necropsies, examine tissue sections under the microscope one-on-one with pathology faculty in histopathology signouts.  They participate in clinical and pathology rounds to discuss pathology cases in the context of their clinical histories, journal clubs and slide conferences, and attend research meetings and seminars.

Competition for these summer positions is intense, and we have had many excellent students go on to advanced training in pathology after graduating from veterinary school.

The program focuses on acquiring competence in diagnostic pathology in a wide range of laboratory, domestic and exotic animals. Interns participate in the animal necropsy service for laboratory animals housed within the University as well as cases from the Maryland Zoo, National Aquarium in Baltimore, and local practitioners. Interns perform gross necropsies, trim tissues and make histopathologic diagnoses.Students work closely with DVM’s participating in the postdoctoral fellowship program in Molecular and Comparative Pathobiology. Necropsy rotation will be two to three days a week.Cases are signed out with one of six ACVP Diplomates on faculty.  Evening or weekend call is not required.

Students are encouraged to observe, assist, and participate in ongoing research within our department or in other research groups.  They are assigned small research projects that can be completed in the short time they are here, aiming  to complete the project and present a poster at the ACVP meeting.

Veterinary students must have completed two (2) years of the professional veterinary curriculum to be eligible for this fellowship.  The program begins in May or June and continues for a minimum of 10 weeks, up to a maximum of 12 weeks, and provides a monthly stipend of $1765. The starting date is flexible and we will work with your summer schedule. To apply for the Summer Pathology Fellowship, please submit an application in the form of

  1. Letter stating your background, interests, goals, and preferred dates,
  2. Current CV/resume,
  3. Transcript from your AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) accredited veterinary school,
  4. Letter of good standing in an academic program obtained from your Student Affairs or Registrar’s office, and
  5. Two (2) letters of recommendation from faculty members.

Please send the application to Wendy Elza, Academic Program Coordinator, Department of Molecular and Comparative Pathobiology, Johns Hopkins University, 733 N. Broadway, Suite 811, Baltimore, MD 21205-2196, or e-mail to welza1@jhmi.edu


Externships in Comparative Pathology
We also host veterinary students for unpaid externships in comparative pathology. These students assist pathology trainees and faculty with clinical cases and necropsies, attend meetings, seminars and histopathology signouts, and participate in clinical and pathology rounds. The pathology externship consists of participation in the animal necropsy service for laboratory animals housed at the University as well as for cases from the Maryland Zoo, National Aquarium in Baltimore, and local practitioners. 

Veterinary students must have completed three (3) years of the professional veterinary curriculum to be eligible for externships. Externships are a minimum of two (2) weeks, not to exceed eight (8) weeks, usually scheduled from September to November and January to May.   Because the program is adapted to the individual’s area of interest, not more than two students are hosted at the same time. This is a non-paid externship. To apply for an Externship in Comparative Pathology, please submit an application in the form of

  1. Letter stating your goals for pursuing an externship, areas of interest, and preferred dates;
  2. Current CV / resume
  3. Two letters of professional recommendation to support your application.

Please send application to Wendy Elza, Academic Program Coordinator, Department of Molecular and Comparative Pathobiology, Johns Hopkins University, 733 N. Broadway,  Suite 811, Baltimore, MD 21205-2196; 443-287-2953 or e-mail to welza1@jhmi.edu


Externships in Laboratory Animal Medicine (Comparative Medicine)
We also host veterinary students for unpaid externships in Laboratory Animal Medicine. These students assist the Laboratory Animal Medicine postdoctoral fellows and faculty with clinical cases, attend meetings of the Animal Care and Use Committee, and participate in clinical and pathology rounds.  Ours is a diverse program with average daily census in excess of 50,000.  Externs work closely with ACLAM and ACVP board certified veterinarians, postdoctoral fellows and residents in various specialties in our program.  

Veterinary students must have completed three (3) years of the professional veterinary curriculum to be eligible for externships. Externships are a minimum of two (2) weeks, not to exceed eight (8) weeks.   Because the program is adapted to the individual’s area of interest, not more than two students are hosted at the same time. This is a non-paid externship. To apply for an Externship in Laboratory Animal Medicine, please submit an application in the form of

  1. Letter stating your goals for pursuing an externship, areas of interest, and preferred dates;
  2. Current CV / resume
  3. Two letters of professional recommendation to support your application.

Please send application to Wendy Elza, Academic Program Coordinator, Department of Molecular and Comparative Pathobiology, Johns Hopkins University, 733 N. Broadway,  Suite 811, Baltimore, MD 21205-2196; 443-287-2953 or e-mail to welza1@jhmi.edu


For more information about these opportunities, please contact welza1@jhmi.edu, also visit our Department's website at www.hopkinsmedicine.org/mcp.

Johns Hopkins University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to racial, cultural, and ethnic diversity.  Nominations and applications from women and individuals from a broad spectrum of backgrounds are encouraged.

 
 
 
 
 

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