Veterinary Public Health Program
313 N Figueroa St. Rm 1127
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Tel (213) 288-7060
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Veterinary Student Externship Program
The Veterinary Public
Health Program (VPH) accepts veterinary students for
a four-week (minimum) long externship at our office in
Downtown Los Angeles. Students will
applying One Health concepts at a local jurisdiction as part
of the Los
Angeles County Department of Public Health (DPH).
At this time, only students from
California colleges/universities are eligible for
Please do not apply if you are not
currently enrolled in a California college/university.
also depends on office space availability and background checks
Before applying, please check the
The minimum duration of externships is 4
weeks. There may be opportunities to also
with VPH for longer periods of time.
In order to receive credits for the
externships, students must be enrolled at an
approved California university (scroll down to
'Who Qualifies'). Students from non-approved
universities are welcome to volunteer with
VPH but will not be eligible to receive academic credits.
and background check. Please contact
VPH 6-12 months in advance of your planned
date for externship. Every extern or
volunteer will go through a background check (this may take
several months to complete) and receive a
parking. Although not required, it
is strongly encouraged that students drive
their own car in order to maximize their
participation in field activities. Parking fees
are $8/day or
$150 for a monthly pass.
self-directed learning. Students
will work on multiple projects
simultaneously. They are expected to organize their time
accordingly and possess strong self-directed
What students will do
Students' experiences will vary depending
on current priorities. Summer
months (June-September) are busier, which can provide students and volunteers
with more to do. However, in the other months there
are usually more opportunities to have one-on-one time with veterinarians. Student activities will
One Health presentation.
All veterinary students present on a
relevant One Health topic to
staff (field workers, nurses, physicians,
veterinarians). Presentation topics must be
approved by VPH's director and use DPH
Microsoft Power Point slide templates. In
addition, students also design a flyer for
advertising the presentation.
Field work. Field
activities depend on on-going disease
situations. Most field investigations
consist of: quarantine checks at local
shelters, animal import inspections at Los
Angeles International Airport (LAX), visits
to the Public Health Laboratory,
Students will be expected to become familiar
with basic epidemiology concepts and may
participate in survey design and
administration, data collection, and analysis.
Student externs are assigned to develop
communications materials such as: educational flyers, webpages, social media posts, press releases
One-on-one time with
content experts. Students will meet
with each veterinarian at VPH to go over the
work they do. In addition, they may also
interact with other health professionals
within the Department.
How to apply
Please send a copy of your résumé
and a cover letter detailing your experiences and interests
6-12 months in advance of your planned externship
Please review the documents below and take
the following trainings prior to starting with VPH.
Please complete these
online trainings and bring certificates of
completion to VPH
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