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Summer & Other Short-Term Research Opportunities

TAMU One Health Educational Program, including Research:
"We offer One Health-related high-impact educational opportunities involving experiential student teams. Every One Health student project, exchange, and collaborative experience includes a team of at least two students from two different Texas A&M University schools or colleges. Texas A&M University is offering several high-impact One Health experiences including an undergraduate learning community, One Health case studies, study abroad opportunities, and local and national summer research experiences for professional and graduate students.
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Merial Veterinary Scholars Program at other CVMs:
"Veterinary scientists play a critical role in the discovery and development of new vaccines and pharmaceutical products for veterinary and human health. The Merial Veterinary Scholars Program provides an opportunity for veterinary schools to introduce first and second year veterinary medical students to biomedical research. By providing a supportive environment in which students can experience research in an established laboratory, complemented by seminars and discussion groups on the scientific process, ethics, and research opportunities, the participants will gain insight into careers in biomedical research."
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NIH Summer Programs for Veterinary Students (T35)
NIH funds several Colleges of Veterinary Medicine and Colleges of Medicine to support short-term, summer research training programs.
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Morris Animal Foundation
"The Veterinary Student Scholars (VSS) program gives veterinary students hands-on involvement in research early in their career so they will consider entering this field where they are so critically needed. Through the program, veterinary students or non-veterinary graduate students receive stipends up to $4,000 to participate in clinical or basic animal health and/or welfare research."
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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-based career. The program is an intensive, research-oriented initiative that combines faculty-guided research with vocational counseling, student-directed learning, and other professional enrichment activities."
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National Cancer Institute's Center for Cancer Research
"The National Cancer Institute's Center for Cancer Research (NCI CCR), in collaboration with the Intramural Research Divisions of The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), and The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), is interested in providing a select number of pre-doctoral veterinary medical students the opportunity to participate in the NIH Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research conducted by the NIH Office of Intramural Training and Education. Veterinary medical student participation in summer research internships at the National Institutes of Health is coordinated through the NCI CCR Comparative Molecular Pathology Unit. This unique opportunity is offered for veterinary medical students to gain exposure to research while working at the government's key institution combining both clinical and basic research."
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Kennedy Krieger Institute: Ferguson Fellowship Program
"The program begins ... with a one-week orientation at Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, Maryland that focuses on research design, infectious diseases, urban health issues, and other health equity topics. During the remaining eight weeks of the program, students receive mentored educational and professional development experiences at the CDC in Atlanta, Georgia, or in Baltimore, Maryland at Kennedy Krieger Institute, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Bloomberg School of Public Health, or the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Three experiences may be offered at both sites: ... Research Externship..., Clinical Externship ..., [and] Leadership Externship.
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Southwest National Primate Research Center
"The Southwest National Primate Research Center (SNPRC) [in San Antonio] will once again provide educational and training opportunities for a limited number of students during an 8-week summer session (June 16 through August 8). Both undergraduate and graduate (Ph.D. and veterinary) students at accredited academic institutions will be eligible to participate."
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US Food and Drug Administration Summer Intern Program: Windows to Regulatory Research Internship Program
"The Windows to Regulatory Research Internship Program offers academically superior undergraduate, graduate, and professional students hands-on experiences conducting basic and applied research as well as performing in-depth technical reviews of data applicable to animal health and food safety. Ultimately, the internship benefits not only students themselves but the Center, FDA, and the nation. Students gain career experience in a supportive yet challenging atmosphere while the Center develops and guides future scientific and regulatory leaders. Today's interns are CVM's experts of tomorrow."
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Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"The Division of Comparative Medicine at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has a number of NIH funded openings for veterinary students who have an interest in pursuing research during the summer months. Research Fellows will participate in existing research projects in the laboratories of established investigators at Massachusetts Institute of Technology or collaborating institutions such as Harvard and Tufts. Research fellows will augment their understanding of animal based research by participating in clinical and laboratory rotations."
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Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
"Molecular and Comparative Pathobiology offers summer fellowships for veterinary students (two per year) 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, and attend clinical pathology rounds to discuss pathology cases in the context of their clinical histories. Summer students are also assigned small research projects that can be completed in the short time they are here. 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."
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Wake Forest School of Medicine
"First- or second-year students from AVMA-accredited veterinary schools may apply for these NIH-sponsored Summer Research Fellowships, which require at least 8 weeks in the department. The program is open to up to 4 students per summer and provides research training using animal models of human disease."
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Summer Research Fellowships in Laboratory Animal Medicine
"The American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners with several funding partners is supporting 10-16 week Summer Fellowships in Laboratory Animal Medicine. Are you interested in clinical veterinary medicine AND research? Do you want to work with a variety of non-traditional species? Are you curious about cutting edge science that defines the human and animal biomedical fields? If you are, then LABORATORY ANIMAL MEDICINE is the career for you, we can help you explore, AND pay you to do so! Activities in these programs will include practice of clinical medicine in a research environment, diagnostic and research 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."

School Contact
Colorado State University Dr. Lon Kendall
Emory University Dr. Deborah Mook
Ohio State University Dr. Judy Hickman-Davis
University of Illinois Chicago Dr. Lisa Halliday
University of Michigan Jean Nemzek-Hamlin
University of Missouri Dr. Craig Franklin

Year-Long Research Opportunities

NIH T32 programs:

1-Year of Research, with stipends approximately $20-21,000
School Contact Program
Cornell University Baines, Joel (T32)
Fortier, Lisa (NYSTEM)
NIH T32 Training Grant
NYSTEM Training Grant (Stem Cell Research)
Kansas State University Kenney, Mike BRITE (Basic Research Immersion Training Experience) Veterinary Student Program
University Of California Davis Lloyd, K.C. Kent Yearlong Exposure to Advanced Research (YEAR) Program
Michigan State University Yuzbasiyan-Gurkan, Vilma Training Program
in Hypothesis-Based Biomedical Research
for Veterinary Students
University of Wisconsin Madison Bjorling, Dale E. 12-Month Mentored Research Experience
Note: Other programs may also be available.
last update: May 18, 2015

Howard Hughes Medical Institute: HHMI Medical Research Fellows Program
"The Medical Research Fellows Program gives students the opportunity to immerse themselves in a year of basic, translational, or applied biomedical research. Medical Fellows experience the excitement and intellectual rewards of research before making plans for residency or postgraduate training. The students select their own mentor at any academic or nonprofit research institution in the United States (excluding the National Institutes of Health or any other federal agency) or abroad, provided the proposed mentor is affiliated with a U.S. fellowship institution, and work with the mentor to develop a research proposal. Mentor selection and the research project proposal are key components of the application. Working with an HHMI investigator, early career scientist, or HHMI professor is encouraged but not required."
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"The Year-Long Medical Fellows Program opportunities at Janelia and K-RITH are targeted to students with specific research interests and backgrounds, and have additional application requirements. ... Students interested in neuronal network function or imaging at the cellular and molecular level are encouraged to apply for fellowship positions at HHMI’s Janelia Farm Research Campus [in Virginia]. ... 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 should apply for fellowship positions at K-RITH. Fellows will spend the year living and working in Durban, South Africa."
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NIH: Medical Research Scholars Program
"The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Medical Research Scholars Program is a comprehensive, year-long research enrichment program designed to attract the most creative, research-oriented medical, dental, and veterinary students to the intramural campus of the NIH in Bethesda, Md. Scholars engage in a mentored basic, clinical, or translational research project in an area that matches their personal interests and goals."
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Opportunities in Lab Animal Medicine

American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM): Career Pathways Committee
The purpose of the Career Pathways Committee (CPC) is to develop and implement an outreach program to veterinary medical students and veterinarians outside the field of laboratory animal medicine. The goal is to increase the number of laboratory animal veterinarians in Biomedical Research.
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American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners
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Charles River Short Course on Laboratory Animal Science
"The Short Course spans four days and is designed to educate and update the biomedical research community on current trends and technological advances in the field of laboratory animal science. The course is broken into three tracks that include more than 60 topics presented by members of Charles River's professional staff, as well as guest speakers."
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Texas A&M University's T32: Comparative Biomedical Research Training for Veterinarians
The Department of Veterinary Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences at Texas A&M University (together with faculty from the Colleges of Medicine, Agriculture & Life Sciences, Science and Liberal Arts and with the Interdisciplinary Programs in Genetics, Nutrition, Neuroscience, and Toxicology) now offers a T32 training program. "In addition to numerous research opportunities within the veterinary and medical colleges in College Station, residents have the option of performing research at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston. UTMB is home of the Center for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases and the Center for Tropical Diseases. The Galveston National Laboratory is a state-of-the-art research facility that provides BSL-2, BSL-3, and BSL-4 laboratory space."
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Post-Graduate Research &/or Laboratory Animal Training.

School Contact Program
University Of California Davis Baumgarthd, Nicole Comparative Medical Science Training Program
Colorado State University Hoover, Edward A PhD Graduate Training for Veterinarians in Biomedical Research
Cornell University various Graduate Program for Veterinary Scientists (T32)
Cornell Research Fellowship
Cornell Clinical Fellowship
Equine Medicine Research and Training Program
Harvard Medical School Westmoreland, Susan
Training Program in Comparative and Experimental Pathology
Johns Hopkins University Zink, M Christine Laboratory Animal Medicine And Pathology
Massachusetts Institute Of Technology Fox, James G Biomedical Research Training For Veterinary Scientists
University of Minnesota Carlson, Cathy S Comparative Medicine and Pathology Training Grant
University Of Missouri-Columbia Franklin, Craig L Postdoctoral Training In Comparative Medicine
North Carolina State University Jones, Sam Comparative Medicine And Translational Research Training Program
Ohio State University Rosol, Thomas Research Training in Mouse Pathobiology
Mouse Models of Human Disease
University of Pennsylvania Wolfe, John H Training in comparative medical & molecular genetics
Stanford University Buckmaster, Paul S Comparative Medicine Biosciences Training Program
Tulane University Lackner, Andrew A Postdoctoral Fellowships in Experimental Medicine and Pathology
University Of Wisconsin Madison Czuprynski, Charles J NIH Institutional Training Grant (T32) for Veterinarians
Virginia-Maryland Regional CVM Meng, Xiang-Jin Post-DVM Training Program on Animal Model Research for Veterinarians
Wake Forest University Cline, J. Mark Post-Doctoral Fellowships in Comparative Medicine
last update: May 18, 2015


NIH Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award (K08)
Overview of K-Awards
The primary purpose of the NIH Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Awards (K08) program is to prepare qualified individuals for careers that have a significant impact on the health-related research needs of the Nation. This program represents the continuation of a long-standing NIH program that provides support and "protected time" to individuals with a clinical doctoral degree for an intensive, supervised research career development experience in the fields of biomedical and behavioral research, including translational research. An award is for a period of 3 to 5 years and provides support for salary and research-related costs. The amount funded as salary for a career development award varies among the NIH participating Institutes and Centers (ICs).
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National Cancer Institute: Comparative Molecular Pathology Research Training Program
"CCR NCI has developed a comprehensive NCI Comparative Molecular Pathology Research Training Program to enhance the integration and extrapolation of animal models to the study of human disease. … The Training Program encompasses three distinct yet interrelated approaches toward training that are designed to answer the specific needs of individuals at different stages of training and laboratory experience."
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NIH Loan Repayment Program (DVMs eligible)
"The NIH invites qualified health professionals who contractually agree to engage in NIH mission-relevant research for at least two years, and who agree to engage in such research for at least 20 hours per week based on a 40-hour work week, to apply for participation in the extramural LRP. Extramural LRPs provide for the repayment of educational loan debt of up to $35,000 annually for qualified health professionals performing research within the mission of NIH at domestic, non-profit, or government entities. … The objective of the LRP-PR program is to recruit and retain highly qualified health professionals as pediatric investigators. NIH defines pediatric research as 'research that is directly related to diseases, disorders, and other conditions in children.'" "
NIH Extramural Loan Repayment Programs (LRP)
Extramural Pediatric Research Loan Repayment Program (LRP-PR): Program Specific Information

Residency Training Programs in Laboratory Animal Medicine

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"The objective is to train postdoctoral veterinarians in the conduct of biomedical research in a comparative medicine context. The program is comprised of a minimum of 3 years of integrated practical and didactic training in research and medicine that promote a multidisciplinary approach to questions in biomedical science. The training is structured to expand upon the unique comparative knowledge, skills, and perspectives that a veterinarian brings to biomedical research. Postdoctoral fellows have the option of pursuing an advanced degree through MIT's Department of Biological Engineering or through the interdepartmental Microbiology Graduate PhD Program. An optional six months of clinical training, funded outside the T32 training grant, are also available and strongly recommended."
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American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners (ASLAP)
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American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM)
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Please contact Roger Smith (979-845-5167 or email) for additional information on any of these programs or to correct/update any information on this page.