AVMA Externship Stipend Program

The American Veterinary Medical Association offers assistance to students seeking to broaden their education through externship experiences in diverse areas of veterinary medicine. Through the Externship Stipend Program, we provide $1,000 stipends to help students alleviate expenses incurred while they perform their externships.

Ten stipends are awarded each year to students for externships in non-clinical practice settings, with special emphasis on critically under-served areas of veterinary medicine. These may include (but are not limited to):

  • Public practice (e.g., CDC, FDA, USDA, NIH)
  • Industry (e.g., pharmaceutical, diagnostic laboratories, or animal food companies)
  • Research

Five stipends are awarded each year to students for externships in food supply veterinary practice settings.  These may include (but are not limited to):

  • Dairy
  • Beef
  • Swine
  • Poultry

These experiences add breadth to students' perspectives and make them better advocates for their patients and their profession.


Please check back in the Fall for the opening of the 2015-2016 application cycle.


Congratulations to our 2014-2015 Externship Stipend Award winners!

Non-clinical and Critically Underserved Areas of Veterinary Medicine Stipend Awards Winners

Yaritbel Torres-Mendoza                             
University of Georgia
Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory Plum Island
Ryan Sang Ho Freed                                  
University of Illinois
USDA APHIS Surveillance Data & Analysis Unit, Fort Collins, CO
Corina Collins
Purdue University
University of Chicago Biologic Resource Laboratory, Chicago, IL
Alicia Braxton
North Carolina State University
Lab Animal Research- Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
Elise Gerken
The Ohio State University
USDA APHIS National Poultry Improvement Plan, Conyers, GA
Travis Beeler
Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota, Roseville, MN
Ilana Galex
Western University of Health Sciences
City of Hope Division of Comparative Medicine-Arthropod Research, Duarte, CA
Rachel Jania
Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
Houston Zoo-Toad Recovery Project, Houston, TX
Natasha Smith
Ross University 
ASPCA Forensic Pathology, New York, NY
Kacie Woodward
Oklahoma State University
Caribbean Primate Research Center, Sabana Seca, Puerto Rico
Food Supply Veterinary Practice Setting Stipend Award Winners
Daniel Carreño
North Carolina State University
University of Concepcion-Swine Production, Santiago, Chile
Cynthia Wise
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Aurora Organic Dairy Farm, Boulder, CO
Amie Johnson
Iowa State University
Healthy Yak Program, Nepal
Scott Bertoldo
Cornell University
Lander Veterinary Clinic-Dairy Practice, Turlock, CA
Laura Tensa
Oregon State University
University of Georgia Poultry Diagnostic& Research Center, Athens, GA