Veterinary Public Health Organization Club


This web page is updated as VPHO officers learn about more opportunities for veterinary students to engage in public health. Check back often!

Click the blue underlined headings to be linked to the organization's website to learn more about their oppportunity.

Veterinary School Scholarships

1. US Army AMEDD Veterinary Corps

The US Army offers a diverse and rewarding veterinary career consisting of working dog medicine, companion animal medicine, and public health. Army veterinarians work on bases of any military branch- some even work with the Navy Marine Mammal Program! Some Army veterinarians are interested in biomedical and infectious disease research and work at USAMRIID, one of the best research facilities in the nation. Army veterinarians also participate in humanitarian missions such as disaster response and epidemic response around the globe and domestically. Many Army veterinarians are sponsored by the Army to pursue speciality training in surgery, internal medicine, lab animal medicine, veterinary preventative medicine, Masters of Public Health (MPH), Masters of Preventative Veterinary Medicine (MPVM), and even International Agricultural Development.

There are several pathways to becoming an Army veterinarian. Many Army veterinarians were selected while they were still in veterinary school through the Health Professionals Scholarship Program (HPSP), a highly competitive scholarship in which the Army provides a full-tuition scholarship and a monthly stipend in exchange for a service contract post-graduation. The HPSP scholarship is only open to students who are in their first or second year of veterinary school. Other ways veterinarians are recruited into the Army is after graduation, where they can go Active Duty, become a Reservist, or work on base as a civilian employee (but civilian employees do not enjoy many of the benefits that commissioned veterinarians recieve).

2. US Air Force Public Health Officer

The US Air Force recruits veterinarians as public health officers. They offer a scholarship program comparable to the Army HPSP scholarship program, but it is important to note that this career does not involve medicine; it is solely public health. Public health officers in the Air Force have either a DVM or an MPH degree.

3. Smith Kilborne Program

This program is designed to acquaint veterinary students with various foreign animal diseases which potentially threaten our domestic animal population. Fully funded 9 day program for veterinary students (only one 2nd year student per veterinary school).

4. Saul T Wilson Scholarship Program

This scholarship provides a stipend for incoming or first year veterinary students in exchange for working with USDA-APHIS during school breaks. Apply after being accepted into veterinary school or during your first year of veterinary school. Deadline is March 1.

5. Adel A. Malak Scholarship

This is a $15,000 scholarship offered by USDA-FSIS that includes paid employment during school breaks. Recipients of the Adel A. Malak Scholarship will experience and take on a variety of Public Health Veterinarian responsibilities to more fully understand the great work FSIS does to protect public health through food safety. Click on the link for more information.


1. CDC Day for Veterinary Students

This event is held every two years at the CDC Headquarters (Atlanta, GA). Groups of students from almost all American veterinary schools attend and learn about veterinarians important contribution to public health both domestically and globally, and about a variety of career directions available for veterinary students interested in pursuing a public health career. Presentations are given by veterinarians employed by the CDC.

4th Year Externships and Summer Internships

1. 4th Year and Summer Externship Database

VPHO has compiled a list of opportunities for summer internships and 4th year externships including contacts, websites, and application info, and contact info from students who have participated previously. This list is not all inclusive of the opportunities on this web page. 

2. AVMA Governmental Relations Division -4th Year Externship only

Four-week program in Washington D.C. that introduces externs to the breadth of public policy issues facing the profession and provides hands-on lobbying experience with legislators and staffers on Capitol Hill.

Application due in October, and stipend of $1200. Email Stephanie Fisher (

3. CDC (Epidemiology Elective) -4th Year Externship only

6-8 week program that gives senior medical and veterinary students an introduction to preventive medicine, public health, and the principles of applied epidemiology.

Application due March 30 for fall semester and May 30 for spring semester (opens January 15), housing not provided but living expenses related to field servies is provided. Email for more information

4. CDC (Hubert Global Health Fellowship) -4th Year Externship only. *NOT BEING OFFERED FOR 2018-2019; CHECK WEBSITE FOR UPDATES.* 6-12 week program that provides medical and veterinary students with a population health experience in an international setting. Participants learn through hands-on experience working on a priority health problem in a developing country, and are mentored by experienced CDC staff. Application open January 26 - February 20, up to $400 expenses paid, but doesn't cover international travel. Please email

5. CDC (James A. Ferguson Emerging Infectious Diseases Fellowship) -Summer Internship only

Funded 9-week summer program in Atlanta or Baltimore providing educational and professional development opportunities for fellows interested in infectious diseases research and health disparities. Generous stipend. **Application due in late January** via website, housing is provided for out-of-state fellows. Please email

6. California Dept. of Public Health - Both 4th Year Externship and Summer Internship

Variable length-program in Sacramento, CA assisting with surveillance and regulatory work for the Veterinary Public Health Section. The main areas of focus are rabies surveillance and wild animal importation.

Housing not provided. Please email Dr. Curtis Fritz ( for more information about applying.

7. Conservet - Summer Internship only

2 week long, on-site workshop/course in Costa Rica intended to provide conservation-minded veterinary students with instruction in the role of veterinary medicine in current conservation issues. Course activities also include tours of a local dairy farm, pig farm, tilapia farm, and cheese factory to explore sustainable development and resource use, and to learn how to reconcile human interests with conservation efforts.

Housing provided with course fee. For more information about applying, please email Dr. Raymond Tarpley.

8. FDA - Summer Regulatory Research Internship Program - Summer Internship only

10 week long program in Rockville, MD, working at the Food and Drug Administration's Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) with internationally-renowned scientists, in an environment committed to protecting human and animal health.

Housing not provided. Application posted on USAJobs website. Please email

9. FDA Clerkship Program -4th Year Externship only

3-6 week long program in Rockville, MD is intended to afford students an opportunity to apply their advanced backgrounds in basic and clinical science supporting CVM's regulatory review and research activities.

Application is rolling, via website. Housing is not provided. Please email Dr. Valerie Ragan ( for more information.

10. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations - Both 4th Year Externship and Summer Internship

2-6 month program in Rome, Italy or other country locations, that provides hands-on opportunities for students or young graduates to learn more about what FAO does.

Monthly stipend up to $700 is provided. Application is rolling, via website. Please email for more information.

11. FSIS - -Summer Internship only

6+ week program in variable students in which students will work directly under the supervision of a Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) Public Health Veterinarian (PHV) acquiring knowledge of what PHV's do throughout the Agency. Students will learn what our in-plant PHV's do to ensure the meat and poultry products that reach the consuming public are safe, wholesome and correctly labeled.

Housing is provided, application posted on USAJobs website

12. LA County Public Health - Both 4th Year Externship and Summer Internship

2+ week (average, 1 month) program in Los Angeles, CA that provides an opportunity for veterinary students to explore a career in public health in the 21st century through its public health externship. The externship provides the individual with “hands on” experience working in a large metropolitan health department and experiencing some of the problems encountered.

Housing is not provided. Application is rolling, via website. Please email Dr. Karen Ehnert for more information.

13. Ministry of Health, Region de los Rios, Chile -4th Year Externship only

3-4 week externship in Valdivia, Chile. This international veterinary public health externship has spots available for up to 4 students. Emphasis on food safety, zoonosis control, and environmental health.

The application is emailed to the 3rd year class in the fall. Housing is covered with a $5-- travel stipend. Email Dr. Randy Singer ( for more info.

14. NIH Summer Internship Program -Both 4th Year Externship and Summer Internship

8+ week summer programs at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, MD provide an opportunity to spend a summer working at the NIH side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world, in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research.

Application is on their website, from mid November through March. Stipend is provided, with varying amount.

15. OIE (World Organization for Animal Health) - Both 4th Year Externship and Summer Internship

1-6 month opportunities in Scientific/Technical Development, International Trade, Animal Health Information, and Regional Activities departments in Paris, France, or other country locations.

Application is rolling, via website. Housing is not provided. Email for more info.

16. Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study (SCWDS) -4th Year Externship only

The Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study (SCWDS) is a special unit within the College of Veterinary Medicine. SCWDS welcomes participation from junior or senior veterinary students from all accredited veterinary colleges in the form of an externship program. It is a 3-12 week program in Athens, GA.

Application is rolling, and sent to Dr. Hernandez. Housing is not provided. Email Dr. Sonia Hernandez (

17. Silent Heroes Foundation -4th Year Externship only

Silent Heroes Foundation helps facilitate externships at several of our supported projects for veterinary students around the world. Experiences include public health projects in Africa or other places, with variable time commitments.

Housing is not specified. Application is rolling, sent to Dr. Adams. Please email Dr. Hayley Adams (

18. USAID Global Health Fellows Program - Summer Internship only

GHFP-II interns work in a variety of global health technical areas ranging from maternal and child health to nutrition to HIV/AIDS, gaining valuable experience in global health development. Each intern has a specific scope of work and placement site within USAID or with one of its implementing partners. Commitment is approximately 12 weeks in variable locations.

Housing is not provided. And application is on the website, due in January. Email

19. USDA-APHIS (California) -Both 4th Year Externship and Summer Internship

Disease surveillance of livestock, combination of field and office activities. Varible time commitment in Redding, Sacramento, Modesto, and other locations in CA.

Housing is not provided. Email Dr. David Ewey ( for the application and more info.

20. USDA-APHIS (national) - Both 4th Year Externship and Summer Internship

The focus of the learning opportunities is to provide veterinary students with hands-on experience in public veterinary practice through externships. Time commitment is 2-4 weeks in multiple locations nationally.

Housing is not provided and application is rolling. Email Dr. Linda Detwiler ( for applying.

21. USDA-APHIS (One Health Coordinating Center) - Summer Internship only

Students will support the OHCC on issues related to the following: Zoonotic Diseases, Food Safety, Antimicrobial Resistance, and Global Health Security in this 3+ week program in Riverdale, MD, Atlanta, GA, Fort Collins, CO, or Minneapolis, MN.

Housing is not provided. Details on website. Apply via Dr. Linda Detwiler (

22. World Health Organization -Both 4th Year Externship and Summer Internship

6+ week experience in Geneva, Switzerland in event-based surveillance for zoonotic diseases, disease tracking at the human-animal interface, and joint risk assessment. Most projects are focused on influenza.

Housing is not provided. Application is rolling, online through WHO website. Also contact Dr. Elizabeth Mumford ( directly.

23. Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE)

The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) offers summer, fall and spring internship programs at locations across the United States for graduate students in STEM disciplines to participate in laboratory experiences to expand their expertise beyond the traditional university setting. There are a variety of Public Health related opportunities in this search catalog.

If you are looking for a short-term experience like a summer internship, ORISE has a diverse collection of opportunities in a variety of research areas. If an internships or fellowship opportunity during the academic year is more ideal, there are also a number of positions with immediate availability for students who have already earned their B.S. and are currently pursuing advanced degrees.

23. Online Masters in Public Health Program from the University of Minnesota

This program is designed for students who are enrolled in an AVMA-accredited veterinary school. You have up to five years to complete the MPH curriculum. The basic (required) curriculum is offered online throughout the year. Elective coursework is traditionally completed through Public Health Institute and/or DVM transfer credits (max 14 transfer credits). Application deadline is January 15th for Summer admission!

24Public Health Institute

Internship opportunities in Malaria Case Management, HIV/AIDS Implementation Science Research, Health Management Information Systems, HIV/AIDS Microbicide Research, and more.

25Health Policy Internship

The National Partnership seeks a policy intern to support our health policy team in advancing progressive health policy priorities, including protecting the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid, strengthening Medicare, and transforming our health care system to better meet the needs of women and families. Qualifications include excellent research, writing, communication, and interpersonal skills; the ability to manage multiple tasks and take initiative; and the ability to work independently.

26. The Leah Menshouse Springer Summer Opportunities Program

Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine invites undergraduate, graduate and medical students to participate in the Leah Menshouse Springer Summer Opportunities Program. The Summer Opportunities Program is designed to provide students with hands-on cancer research experience for 10 weeks over the summer. Opportunities range from basic science research to clinical research to prevention/control and population research.

In addition to completing a research project with a faculty mentor, participants also engage in a variety of other activities as part of the program, including tours of state-of-the-art cancer treatment and research facilities and weekly seminars on current areas of research and career building tools.

27. Dr. James A. Ferguson, Emerging Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program (Ferguson Fellows)

This program is provided by the CDC’s Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE) which supports internship opportunities for qualified undergraduate and graduate students to gain meaningful experiences in public health settings. 

28. FDA Veterinary Clerkship Program

The program by the Food and Drug Administration is designed to give fourth year veterinary students a real-world opportunity to see how policies guiding the approval of new animal drugs are developed and implemented by FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM). Students may also choose to learn more about CVM’s role in applied regulatory research and how this research is used to support the safety of animal derived food and animal health products.

29. Diagnostic Pathology Summer Fellowship Program | Johns Hopkins Department of Molecular and Comparative Pathobiology

Description: The goals of this summer program are to provide the students competence in diagnostic pathology in various laboratory/domestic/exotic animals and to provide biomedical research experience. The summer fellows will work along DVMs and will participate in necropsies of animals from various organizations and services, trim tissues, and make histopathologic diagnoses. Additionally, the summer fellows will participate in an independent summer research project under the guidance of designated mentors. The program provides a weekly stipend of $450 (approx.). Program duration: 8 weeks (min) – 12 weeks (max) Requirements: have completed 2 years of veterinary curriculum; be interested in pursuing research and anatomic pathology as a career; prior research/pathology experience not needed. 

30. Laboratory Animal Medicine Summer Fellowship Program | Johns Hopkins Department of Molecular and Comparative Pathobiology

Description: The goals of this summer program are to provide the student experience in veterinary specialty of laboratory animal medicine, translational research, and to increase diversity in laboratory animal medicine veterinarian workforce. The participant will work with a variety of species including rodents, rabbits, swine, ferrets, and nonhuman primates. Additionally, the summer fellows will participate in an independent summer research project under the guidance of designated mentors. The program provides a weekly stipend of $450 (approx.).  Program duration: Begins in May and lasts for 12 weeks. Requirements: have completed 1 or 2 years of veterinary curriculum; be interested in pursuing research and laboratory animal medicine as a career; prior research experience not needed. Application Deadline: February 12th

31. Boehringer Ingelheim Veterinary Scholars Program | Johns Hopkins Department of Molecular and Comparative Pathobiology

Description: The goals of this summer program are to provide the students experience in cutting edge translational biomedical research. At the end of the program, the participants will present their research at the National Veterinary Scholars Symposium at Texas A&M University. The program provides a weekly stipend of $450 (approx.) Program duration: Begins in May and lasts for 12 weeks. Requirements: have completed 1 or 2 years of veterinary curriculum; be interested in exploring research; prior research experience not needed. Application Deadline: February 2nd.