Yale School of Medicine, Section of Comparative Medicine

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Externship in an AAALAC-accredited academic research facility
Externs will participate in daily clinical duties alongside laboratory animal residents and faculty veterinarians, including handling, physical exams, and common diagnostic and therapeutic techniques in a variety of laboratory animal species. The extern will also participate in the following activities:
  • DIAGNOSTIC PATHOLOGY: Externs will gain hands-on experience in necropsy and will be exposed to in-house diagnostic methodologies including bacterial culture, parasitology, serology and PCR.
  • PREVENTATIVE MEDICINE AND RODENT COLONY MANAGEMENT: Externs will spend time within the unit managing health surveillance of the rodent colonies (sentinel program, quarantine, outbreak management, etc.) and providing breeding colony management services for investigators.
  • ANIMAL GENOMICS SERVICES: Externs will spend time in the AGS laboratory, which provides resources including gene targeting, transgenic mouse production, and embryo cryopreservation services.
  • INSTITUTIONAL ANIMAL CARE AND USE COMMITTEE: As scheduling permits, externs will attend monthly IACUC meetings and resident training sessions that cover federal regulations and guidelines in the use of laboratory animals and provide training in protocol review. Opportunities may also be available to attend protocol start-up meetings and observe post-approval monitoring activities.
  • 1) Resident seminars covering information essential for the practice of laboratory animal medicine are held twice weekly during the academic year and are presented by Comparative Medicine faculty and residents.
  • 2) Weekly slide sessions are given by ACLAM diplomates for the purposes of ACLAM board examination preparation. The slide sessions, presented in a question-answer format, utilize material from mock exams and various slide sets.
  • 3) A laboratory animal pathology course, presented by an ACVP/ACLAM diplomate, is held weekly during the academic year and focuses on species-specific histologic features, pathology, and classic lesions associated with diseases of laboratory animals. Externs will attend all didactic sessions that occur within their scheduled visit.
  • JOURNAL CLUB: The extern will attend the bi-weekly journal club covering relevant laboratory animal journals, and may be expected to review and present an assigned article. Guidance on article review will be provided by the faculty veterinarians.
  • CLINICOPATHOLOGIC CONFERENCE (CPC): CPC is a weekly conference, attended by Comparative Medicine faculty and staff, to discuss recent and ongoing clinical cases. Clinical cases are presented by the residents in a ‘grand rounds’ format and necropsy cases are presented by the pathologists. Externs spending three or more weeks with us may present a clinical case of their choice.
Additional training or experience in specific areas of interest can be arranged.
  • In-house pathology service with two full-time faculty pathologists
  • In-house virology and molecular diagnostics service
  • Animal genomics/gene targeting services (creation of transgenic rodents)
  • Full access to libraries and online library services (free access to an extensive selection of journals)
  • Access to online and in-person training modules and wetlabs depending on schedule
  • Rounds, journal club, resident seminars, clinicopathology conferences, pathology course as described above
  • Student is to be present during normal weekday working hours and actively participate in daily clinical activities, didactic sessions and scheduled rotations (e.g. virology, animal genomics services).
Daily oversight by the faculty clinicians on service. Primary supervision by Dr. Jodi Scholz (or an assigned faculty member, generally the director of the residency program, if Dr. Scholz is away from the office). Dr. Scholz organizes the schedule and interacts with the students daily, including periodic check-ins specifically to see how the extern experience is going. The student will have access to the veterinarians throughout the entire experience.
No, but we can help point the student in the right direction to find housing. Dorms are sometimes available during the summer.
Section of Comparative Medicine, Yale School of Medicine
PO Box 208016
New Haven CT 06510
Physical address:
310 Cedar St
New Haven CT 06510
jodi [dot] carlson [at] yale [dot] edu
Jodi Scholz, DVM DACLAM
Posted: 11/20/13