Yerkes National Primate Research Center of Emory University
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Organization/Company: Yerkes National Primate Research Center of Emory University

Location: Atlanta, GA


Pathology Environment: Academic

Discipline/Field of Study: Academic

Length of Externship: Junior / Senior Year Externship (2-10 week duration for veterinary students in the 3rd or 4th year)

Time of Year: Anytime

Funding: Yes (for McClure Externs, see below)

Housing Provided: No

Description of Externship:

The Yerkes National Primate Research Center (YNPRC) is a multi-disciplinary research institute within Emory University's Woodruff Health Sciences Center, specializing in the research into major infectious diseases of humans, behavioral neuroscience, neurologic and psychiatric disorders, and neuropharmacology.

Two to ten week externships in Comparative Pathology at YNPRC are offered to veterinary students entering their 3rd or 4th year. Two types of externships are available. The first is the McClure Extern Scholarship, awarded to 1-2 students per year; it provides a generous stipend for visits of at least four weeks. Shorter externships are available on a case-by-case basis, but are not awarded a stipend; funds may be available through the ACVP Externship Scholarship program. Both externship programs are designed to provide exposure to all aspects of our nonhuman primate and rodent caseloads.

Externs will have the opportunity to perform necropsies and microscopic evaluations on both nonhuman primates and rodents, as well as rotate through our on-site histology and clinical pathology laboratories. Fall externships include attendance at our resident training course, “Laboratory Animal Pathology”. The extern will work closely with three ACVP-certified pathologists, and have access to ~12 laboratory animal veterinarians and our specialized laboratory animal pathology library. Opportunities to shadow a clinical veterinarian are available.

Externs will attend necropsies during their rotation and assume responsibility for histopathology on at least one case. Close supervision will be provided by our pathologists. Attendance at Yerkes combined medicine and pathology rounds, multi-institutional pathology rounds, and NPRC Virtual Slide Conference is prioritized. Externs are required to give a short presentation at the conclusion of their visit. A positive attitude and willingness to learn are important, as background reading for diagnostic cases is strongly encouraged. Furthermore, the extern will have the opportunity to utilize case materials and our database to submit abstracts and/or papers to professional conferences (ACVP, APV) and/or journals. 

Interested students should contact Chris Pinelli with their interest in either the 4-10 week McClure Extern Scholarship or a shorter externship. Both types of externship will require a letter from the student’s home institution providing approval for the externship and that the student is covered by that institution’s liability insurance. Those intending to apply for the McClure Extern Scholarship should plan to submit a CV and letter of intent sharing their professional goals and previous pathology experience, their veterinary school transcript, and the names of two references. Emailed materials are welcome. 

Chris Pinelli, DVM, PhD, DACVP
Veterinary Pathologist
Yerkes National Primate Research Center
Emory University
Atlanta, GA 30322 
Tel (404) 712-9329

Updated: 11/22/2017

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