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ASLAP Summer Fellowship in Laboratory Animal Medicine

The Center for Animal Resources and Education (CARE) is pleased to offer a summer fellowship for a veterinary student to explore the field of Laboratory Animal Medicine (LAM). This fellowship is supported by the American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners (ASLAP) Foundation. The program typically runs from mid-May to early-August. The actual dates of the fellowship will be mutually decided upon by the successful candidate and the CU ASLAP-Liaison.

The fellowship program runs from mid-May to early August. Students will be exposed to a variety of aspects related to a career in LAM such as: participation in animal husbandry Cornell University has a large and diverse Animal Care and Use Program that offers students a broad and rewarding exposure to the field of LAM. The CARE summer fellowship offers experiences in many key aspects of a LAM career, such as: hands-on experience in animal husbandry and clinical veterinary care, introduction to a variety of animal research models, exposure to various aspects of facility design, participation in didactic training programs, and provision of LAM research and support services. The summer fellow will also receive education on the role of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) and the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) in the day-to-day operation of Cornell’s Animal Care and Use Program. The fellow will work alongside a team of ACLAM-boarded veterinarians, laboratory animal residents and veterinary technologist to gain exposure to a variety of traditional and non-traditional laboratory animal species. The fellow will participate in surgeries, necropsies, breeding colony management, and management of mouse quarantine and disease surveillance programs. In addition, the summer fellow is offered the option to rotate through bench-top research laboratories to gain exposure to various techniques and procedures frequently performed in comparative medicine studies. The fellow will also be partnered with the CU Veterinary Investigators Program (VIP) to attend a weekly lunch lecture series, and other activities scheduled throughout the summer.

The fellow will actively participate in a clinical research project and will present the findings at the 2019 National Veterinary Scholars Symposium. The symposium will be held at Tufts University from July 25th -28th, 2019. Further information on this program will be soon at the following link:

A stipend of $5000 will be provided to the fellow, disbursed in two equal installments. The first installment will be disbursed during the first month of the fellowship, and the second upon completion of the fellowship and submission of a report and evaluation to ASLAP. Expenses for training and the research project will be covered by CARE. Some additional funding will be provided to assist the student with travel and housing expenses for the Boehringer Ingelheim Veterinary Scholars Program Symposium.

Applicants must be enrolled in an AVMA-accredited college of veterinary medicine. We ask that interested parties please submit the following documents to complete the application process:

  1. A current resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  2. A letter of intent that outlines how you developed an interest in LAM; highlights previous laboratory animal experience; states career goals; and conveys the reasons for wanting to do LAM fellowship with CARE.
  3. Veterinary school transcript
  4. Two letters of reference

Applications Must Be Received by February 9, 2019

The candidate selection process involves review of the applications by a selection committee. A short list of candidates may be selected for a Skype interview with the selection committee. Interviews will conclude by March 9th, 2019. An offer may be made prior to March 9th and applicants may accept or decline at any time; but applicants will not be required to accept offers until March 12th, 2019.

Please email or mail the application documents to the attention of Dr. Wendy O. Williams and include “ASLAP Summer Fellowship” in the subject line of email applications. Please also cc Dr. Rachael Labitt on all email correspondence.

Wendy O. Williams, BA, BSc, DVM, DACLAM
ASLAP Liaison
Assistant Director, Training Services
Center for Animal Resources and Education
Cornell University, T1-010J VRT, CVM Box 14
Ithaca, NY 14853-6401
Phone: 607-253-4251
Fax: 607-253-3527

Rachael Labitt, DVM
Resident – Laboratory Animal Medicine
Center for Animal Resources and Education
Cornell University, T1-010J VRT, CVM Box 14
Ithaca, NY 14853-6401

This Summer Fellowship is Generously Sponsored by

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