Kenneth F. Burns Clerkship Program In Laboratory Animal Medicine and Pathology


Program Overview 

Are you interested in a possible career in laboratory animal medicine or pathology (anatomic or clinical)?  Would you like to discover whether one of these fields is right for you?  Consider a Kenneth F. Burns Summer Fellowship or Externship.  The goal of the Kenneth F. Burns Trust program is to provide veterinary students with opportunities to explore the fields of laboratory animal medicine or pathology (anatomic and clinical) as possible career choices through significant “real-world” experience in one of these fields.


Selecting a Host Institution

Students are encouraged to consider spending time at institutions with accredited residency programs to which the student may later want to apply. Students are encouraged to speak with the Kenneth F. Burns Trust Program directors for help in selecting a host institution.


Click on the following link to see a list of ACLAM-accredited laboratory animal medicine residency training programs: 


Click on the following link to see a list of ACVP-accredited residency programs 


Program Contacts

Program Director


Program Assistant Directors


The Kenneth F. Burns Trust has funds available for the following clerkship experiences:


Kenneth F. Burns Summer Fellowship

Funds will provide stipends of an amount compatible with the NIH pre-doctoral stipend scale (currently $5,961) for veterinary students following their 1st or 2nd years of veterinary school. The Kenneth F. Burns Fellow will spend 10-11 weeks during the summer at an AAALAC and/or AVMA-accredited School or College of Veterinary Medicine, public or private research institution, university, or medical school. Qualifying fellowships may be tailored to particular student interests and are intended to introduce student participants to career opportunities in any aspect of the broad field of laboratory animal science, including clinical laboratory animal medicine (clinical service and administration, experimental surgery, or animal welfare and behavior); pathology (anatomic or clinical); or biomedical research involving laboratory animals. Up to 10 positions will be available each summer.


Application deadline: February 15, 2018, for the summer of 2018.




Kenneth F. Burns Externship 

Funds will be used to enhance the existing veterinary curriculum by providing travel awards for veterinary students in their 3rd and 4th years to travel to other AAALAC and/or AVMA-accredited Schools or Colleges of Veterinary Medicine, or to public or private research institutions, universities, or medical schools, for half-block or full block externships in laboratory animal medicine or pathology (anatomic or clinical). Up to $1,000 will be awarded for reimbursement of travel, housing, and meal expenses. Students may apply for up to two awards.


Application deadline: Applications will be accepted throughout the year. Please allow at least two months for processing of the application.


Note: This experience will not satisfy the externship requirement for obtaining a veterinary license in Louisiana. The externship will be managed as a “Special Topics” course, with Dr. Baker (laboratory animal medicine) or Dr. Wakamatsu (Pathology) serving as course leader for the purposes of assigning a pass/fail grade.


Click here to apply for an externship


Externship Opportunities

Click on the following link to see a list of institutions with externship (“preceptorship”) opportunities in laboratory animal medicine, including those emphasizing non-human primates. 


Click on the following link to learn more about externships in veterinary pathology