Veterinary Student Summer Fellowships

Instructor showing students animal care facilitiesCo-sponsored by the American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners (ASLAP), our Veterinary Student Summer Fellowships Program provides veterinary students in ANY year of an AVMA-accredited veterinary school program with a unique opportunity to spend the summer learning about the cutting-edge science impacting both human and animal health.

As part of the 12-week funded fellowship, students will learn about many aspects of laboratory animal medicine, including:

  • Clinical medicine and research,
  • Necropsy and pathology,
  • Animal surgery, and
  • Animal colony management.

In order to gain further appreciation for the broad field of laboratory animal medicine, students will shadow clinical veterinary residents at the University of Michigan. Additional training opportunities may also include participation in journal clubs, seminar series, and management teams.

Students are expected to participate in a mentored research project, with the goal of presenting their work to the department at the conclusion of the externship. The project will comprise approximately 30% of the student’s effort, and may be selected based on personal interests or current clinical research efforts within the student’s chosen department.

Veterinary students in any year of an AVMA-accredited veterinary school program are eligible to apply. Although students will be expected to participate in a mentored research project as part of their fellowship, no previous research experience is required.

Students who apply must be available for the duration of the 12-week program, which takes place May 14 – August 3, 2018.* The expected time commitment for the program is:

  • Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Occasional Saturday or Sunday (not a full day)
  • Weeknights, approximately 1 or 2 hours per night for reading and/or reviewing materials

               * Optional one-week vacation added into program duration

Applications for the 2018 Veterinary Student Summer Fellowships Program must be received by 5:00 PM on Friday, February 9, 2018.

Interested applicants should download and complete the Veterinary Student Summer Fellowship Application in order to be considered for the program. Application materials must also include a Letter of Intent, current resume or CV, and one letter of recommendation.

Materials should be submitted to ULAM Senior Administrative Assistant Kate Lebowsky at Two concurrent fellows will be accepted each year. The decision date for the 2018 Program is March 12, 2018.

The overall objective of the Veterinary Student Summer Fellowships Program is to expose current veterinary students to the many aspects of laboratory animal medicine, including research, clinical medicine, administrative resources management, and pathology. Specific learning objectives include:

Improved and expanded clinical skills through direct participation in clinical cases and clinical rounds achieved by:

  • Shadowing veterinary technicians and residents
  • Independently managing cases with resident or faculty oversight

Expanded knowledge base in husbandry, biology, and diseases of common laboratory animal species achieved by:

Gained or increased experience in the scientific method and proper research techniques* achieved by:

  • Participation in a mentored research project in which they will:
    • Refine and implement the study
    • Conduct a formal presentation of research findings to ULAM
    • Be strongly encouraged to attempt to publish their work*

                   * Please note that a faculty mentor will suggest a number of research topics as well as a general study design based on the student’s interests

Increased understanding of animal pathology achieved by:

  • Direct work with pathologists and residents on current case submissions
  • Attendance and participation in necropsies, and pathology rounds
  • Viewing tutorials

Better understanding of animal anesthesia and perioperative care of multiple species achieved by:

  • Assisting Animal Surgery Operating Room Technicians with surgical procedures
  • Proposing anesthetic and analgesic regimes to be utilized for surgeries

Learn the basic principles of managing large colonies of laboratory animals achieved by:

  • Studying the basics of rodent health monitoring and quality assurance
  • Attendance at Rodent Health Surveillance Team meetings
  • Shadowing Rodent Health Surveillance Technicians
  • Devising a solution to a non-rodent, population-based problem
  • Assisting with TB testing of primates

Become acquainted with general regulatory requirements pertaining to laboratory animal care and use achieved by:

  • Meeting with select Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee staff
  • Attendance at facility inspections and post-approval monitoring
  • Reviewing animal use applications

Learn the fundamental principles pertaining to biohazards and occupational safety achieved by:

  • Attendance at OSEH and Biohazard Safety Committee meetings
  • Review of pertinent literature

Specific topics that the Veterinary Student Summer Fellowships Program may include, but are not limited to:

  • Breeding, Management, and Diseases of Rats and Mice
  • Biology, Laboratory Management, and Diseases of Rabbits
  • Breeding, Management and Diseases of Guinea Pigs, Hamsters, and other Rodents
  • Primate Biology and Medicine
  • Diseases, Husbandry, and Research Uses of ‘Other’ Species
    • Fish
    • Amphibians
    • Reptiles
    • Hoof stock
    • Swine
    • Non-vertebrates
  • Clinical Pathology in Laboratory Animal Medicine
  • Organization and Administration of Animal Resource Programs
  • Research techniques pertaining to animal use, including:
    • Diagnostic imaging
    • Animal behavior
    • Neurological and cardiovascular assessment
    • Creation and maintenance of transgenic rodent colonies
    • Germ-free technology


For more information, please contact Portia Allen, DVM, MS, DACLAM, at or (734) 764-9604.