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Externship for student will be sponsored by USDA-APHIS-VS-NCAHEM, and will be in the field of emergency management and regulatory veterinary medicine. This experience is non-clinical. The work performed is in an office setting, but travel to the field may occur depending on the possible occurrence of emergency events..
The student will learn about emergency management and regulatory veterinary medicine by shadowing upper level managers, attending training and meetings in person, via computer, and via telephone, meeting with regulatory veterinarians and other animal health professions, and possibly collaborating on a project (depending on staff schedule and availability, the availability of a suitable project, the expertise of the student, etc.).
Multiple federal agencies in the D.C. metropolitan area with regulatory animal health professionals on staff
Local meetings and training events (when available) and some on-line training. The student will have access to a computer and the network only after the student prepares for and passes a computer security test..
The student is expected to keep the Drs. Nathan G. Birnbaum and Mark E. Teachman informed of activities through prior notification of meetings which the student is expected to arrange independently. Drs. Birnbaum and Teachman are available as a resource to provide guidance and to assist, if necessary. The student is expected to be proactive, to act independly, to keep busy and productive, and to inform Drs. Birnbaum and Teachman if they need advice on activities.
The student will be supervised by Drs. Nathan G. Birnbaum and Mark E. Teachman. The student will not be micromanaged and is expected to be professional and responsible. Veterinarians at APHIS usually work 8 to 10 hours per day, four to five days per week, Monday through Friday, from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., depending on the schedule selected by that particular individual. Most are here between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., if not on travel or leave.
No. The student is responsible for own lodging arrangements.
United States Department of Agriculture
Nathan G. Birnbgaum, Senior Staff Veterinarian
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
Veterinary Services
National Center for Animal Health Emergency Management
4700 River Road, Unit 41
Riverdale, Maryland 20737-1231
(301) 734-8073
(301) 734-7817
nathan [dot] g [dot] birnbaum [at] aphis [dot] usda [dot] gov
Nathan G. Birnbaum
Updated: 02/21/11