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 Externships
Individuals interested in availing themselves to a 2-3 week experience in laboratory animal medicine should contact the persons on the list of externships. These contacts, on your behalf, can apply for 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 hosting an extern, please complete the Externship Host Form by October 1st. At the end of the externship the extern must complete the Extern Evaluation Form. Click here for the Program Coordinator Evaluation Form. 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, the Charles River Short Course will be offered in an online format that allows you to continue your  professional growth at a pace that fits your schedule. Scholarship winners will have 12 months of viewing

access in a secure environment from anywhere in world.  Participants are eligible to receive CE credits.  This scholarship is for veterinarians not currently involved in the field of laboratory animal science and medicine who are interested in learning more about this exciting and challenging field and third year or higher veterinary students.  For further information, including scholarship criteria and applications, please visit

Application deadline: May 31, 2018.
Winners notified June 30, 2018.

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 
Rivka Shoulson.

Other Joint Initiatives

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