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Visit the Externship Center for a list of externship opportunities. The list is not inclusive, but serves as an example of the types of institutions that are appropriate for an ACVP-sponsored externship.


Externship Scholarship Application Submission Deadlines (Externship Award Application Form)

  • Spring: March 1 for externships occurring between March 1st and September 30th
  • Fall: October 1 for externships occurring between October 1st and April 30th


There is a continuing need for well-trained veterinary pathologists for positions in government, academic, and private sectors. To help fill this need, the American College of Veterinary Pathologists has established a Scholarship Program designed to support externship experiences for veterinary students interested in learning more about activities of veterinary anatomic and clinical pathologists.


Objectives of the Externship Scholarship Program

  • To provide veterinary students with working exposure to the practice of pathology in a variety of employment environments.
  • Encourage veterinary students to pursue post-DVM graduate training in preparation for careers as veterinary anatomic or clinical pathologists.


Externship Scholarship Program Description
The ACVP Scholarship Program provides scholarships of up to 50 each to veterinary students who have been accepted to participate in an externship program organized by government, academic, or private entities. The externship program(s) must provide the student with meaningful working exposure to veterinary anatomic and/or clinical pathologists and must involve direct interaction with on-site diplomates of the ACVP, ECVP, or JCVP. Multiple pathology externships at various institutes are encouraged and they do not need to be in consecutive weeks. The externship experience will provide students with first-hand knowledge of the opportunities available to veterinary pathologists. Ideally, this experience will add something new to the pathology experiences that the student has exposure to during veterinary school.  During the externship, boarded veterinary pathologists should inform students about options for post-DVM training in pathology.

High priority will be given to applicants that have arranged externships that broaden the student's pathology experience beyond the typical veterinary medical curriculum. Factors that are considered in selecting award recipients and the amount of the award are listed and briefly described below.  They are not listed in any particular order of importance but are included to assist the applicant in preparing the application form and letter.


  • Location of applicant and externship with preference given to applicants currently attending North American veterinary schools and planning to extern at North American institutions. 
  • Quality, duration, and diversity of the externship(s).   The committee encourages the applicant to consider externing in various pathology environments including academic, diagnostic, government, industrial, and zoological/wildlife pathology opportunities.  The Externship Center contains a list of externship opportunities (non-inclusive). Preference is given to applicants planning to extern at institutions that have an established externship program and/or a pathology training program.
  • Goals of the externship.  The applicant should describe what is unique about the externship and clearly articulate what he/she hopes to accomplish during the externship (i.e. complete a project, gain appreciation for breadth of the pathology profession, perform necropsy on an elephant, etc.).
  • Career goals. Preference is given to students considering a career in veterinary anatomic or clinical pathology, but all students are encouraged to apply.
  • Extracurricular activities.  Emphasis is placed on activities that demonstrate an interest and/or aptitude in veterinary pathology.
  • Year in veterinary school.  All interested students are encouraged to apply. 
  • Grade point average and/or class rank.
  • Curriculum vitae (2 page).  Students who have demonstrated an interest in veterinary pathology through participation in extracurricular activities (pathology clubs, pathology rounds, research projects, etc.) are given priority. 
  • Financial demands of the externship in the context of other available funding such as that provided by the institution providing the externship opportunity.
  • Previous Awards.  Previous recipients of the externship scholarship are encouraged to apply.  Due to limited funds, priority will be given to those who have not been previously awarded.

Scholarship checks will be distributed upon submission of an externship summary and completed W-9 form to the ACVP Executive Office

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