APHIS Externship Opportunities

externshipsThe Mississippi State University's College of Veterinary Medicine represents many disciplines that address urgent issues including new or emerging disease pathogens some of which may be zoonotic or exotic, agroterroism, bioterroism, environmental safety, and food safety problems that pose a risk to the well-being of citizens in the United States and around the world. As these threats grow and diversify, there is an increasing demand for veterinarians in the field of public practice and food supply veterinary medicine. The faculty within the Department of Pathobiology and Population Medicine works to prepare students for employment opportunities which will meet these needs. Students are encouraged and provided time to complete externships involving public and corporate practice.

In response to the needs posed by these challenges, Mississippi State has embarked on a partnership with the United States Department ofAgriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Veterinary Services (USDA, APHIS, VS - www.aphis.usda.gov) to provide experiential learning opportunities for students during summers,breaks and open rotations.  The focus of the learning opportunities is to provide veterinary students with hands-on experience in public veterinary practice through externships.

General Information

Externships usually last 2-4 weeks and do not require a formal competitive application process. They can be completed throughout the calendar year dependant upon the student’s schedule and the program availability.

Please be aware of the following protocols related to these externships:

  • There is no reimbursement of expenses or a salary provided for externships.
  • The student will have to arrange for housing and transportation during the externship. The local offices can assist with this if a student is accepted.
  • Costs for travel and housing are the responsibility of the student.
Application Procedures

To apply the student is required to submit a cover letter that describes interest, background and the dates of availability for the 2- 4 week externship, and a resume. The application should be submitted electronically.

Submissions should be made to:

Linda A. Detwiler, DVM
Clinical Professor
Department of Pathobiology and Population Medicine
Mississippi State University
College of Veterinary Medicine
Phone: 732-580-9391
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For a listing of current externships please contact Dr. Detwiler.