The 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.
Externships usually last 2-4 weeks and do not require a formal competitive application process. They can be completed throughout the calendar year dependent upon the student’s schedule and the program availability.
Please be aware of the following protocols related to these externships:
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
Department of Pathobiology and Population Medicine
Mississippi State University
College of Veterinary Medicine
For a listing of current externships please contact Dr. Detwiler.
Special Externship Opportunity
Externship One Health Coordination Center (OHCC)
USDA, APHIS, VS
The USDA, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Veterinary Services’ One Health Coordination Center (OHCC) is pleased to offer externships during 2016. These are available to students that are enrolled in an MPH/DVM program, 3rd or 4th year veterinary students, students enrolled in an MPH program or students with an MPH and pursuing a DVM. The externships will be a minimum of 3 weeks. Applications will be accepted between April 16 and May 29, 2015 (11:59 PM EST). Students will be notified by August 1, 2015. Externships will be offered between February 1 and August 26, 2016. Further information including how to apply can be found at: