Learning Opportunities

Veterinary Summer Research Fellowship

A mentored summer research project experience for first- or second-year veterinary students


Shelter medicine

The shelter medicine program at WSU provides veterinary students a learning opportunity in community-based, primary care facilities during their final year of the DVM degree program where they can have a positive effect on the health and behavior of shelter animals.  

“Seattle Humane helped me to reinforce my medical knowledge and clinical skills, allowing considerable hands-on learning opportunities while I was there.

Krysta Dawson (’20 DVM)

Northwest Bovine Veterinary Experience Program

A 6-week summer experience on a dairy farm or local food animal veterinary practice for first- and second-year veterinary students. The program provides hands-on experience to prepare veterinary students for a career working with livestock. 

If you are a current student, see more information on our internal website.

The opportunity to spend six weeks on one dairy is unique and very valuable. I was able to gain a more thorough understanding of the complexities of dairy management and the critical role of the veterinarian.

-Abbi Olson

Clinical microbiology externship

 A 2-week rotation focusing on infectious disease and infectious disease diagnosis in the Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology department and the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (WADDL). Veterinary students will gain experience within the field of diagnostic medicine with an emphasis on bacteriology, mycology, virology, serology, parasitology, and molecular techniques.

Contact: Claire Burbick, DVM, PhD, DACVM

Pathology externship

During a 2- to 4-week externship, veterinary students are introduced to the combined anatomic pathology residency/graduate training program offered within the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (WADDL) and the Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology department.

Contact: Chrissy Eckstrand, DVM, PhD, DACVP  

 If you are a current student, log into our internal website for application information.