The Outreach Committee develops and implements outreach efforts to veterinary medical students and veterinarians outside the field of laboratory animal medicine in order to sustain the number of laboratory animal veterinarians in biomedical research and related endeavors. For additional information about any of the opportunities listed below, contact Rivka Shoulson.

Veterinary Student Opportunities
ACLAM-Sponsored Veterinary Externships

Veterinary Students
Individuals interested in availing themselves to a 2-12 week experience in laboratory animal medicine should contact the persons on the list of externships. Some externships may provide monies from ACLAM to support travel, lodging, and education expenses. Externship experiences will vary by host institution, so we encourage you to evaluate each program for the one that best matches your interests.

Prospective Host Institutions
If you are interested in sponsorship for an extern, please complete the Application for ACLAM Funds to Support Veterinary Externship by October 1st. Funds will be released to the extern upon completion of the externship, the submission of an expense request no later than December 31st of the year during which the externship occurred, and completion of evaluation forms by both the extern and the program coordinator. Completed forms should be returned to the ACLAM Executive Director as stated on the form.

ASLAP externships, veterinary student rotations, and preceptorships can be found on the ASLAP website. ASLAP also funds a travel award to the AALAS National Meeting.

Opportunities and Resources for Veterinarians

ACLAM Externships
See above.

Training Programs
Laboratory animal training programs for graduate veterinarians are available. Please see the ACLAM Training Programs page.

Outreach Tools
Laboratory animal veterinarians interested in educating others about the field are welcome to use the resource information at the right in their outreach efforts.

Charles River CHARTER Program
The Charles River CHARTER Program is proud to sponsor a limited number of scholarships for the annual Charles River Short Course on laboratory animal science. This year's course will be held in Carlsbad, California from June 24-26, 2019, and topics include animal behavior and enrichment, infectious disease and management.

To apply, simply send a letter with a brief description of your professional experience and current position, as well as a 500 word essay of why you would like to attend the Short Course. Applicants should not be currently involved in the field of laboratory animal medicine.

For applications and scholarship criteria, please visit

Application deadline: April 5, 2019.

Winners notified May 3, 2019.

ACLAM–ASLAP Joint Initiatives

Veterinary School Luncheon Series
ASLAP and ACLAM work together each year to provide a lecture or round-table discussion focused on careers in laboratory animal medicine. Generally ACLAM covers the cost of food for these events. The goal of this program is to have an event at each veterinary school in the United States and Canada once every 3 years. These programs rely heavily on the ASLAP Student Liaisons to facilitate setting up these programs. For information or to volunteer, please contact 
Ken Salleng.

Other Joint Initiatives

Merial NIH National Scholars Veterinary Symposium
SAVMA Symposium (Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association)