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The Department of Veterinary Sciences is a unit of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming and operates the Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory (WSVL) on behalf of the state of Wyoming.  This full-service, nationally accredited animal health laboratory provides services to veterinary practitioners, animal owners, and wildlife managers across the state.  Since 1983, the department has hosted veterinary students interested in veterinary diagnostics in externship programs.  Students are evaluated on engagement, enthusiasm, participation in assigned work, academic capability, and professional mien in the format provided by the veterinary college of origin. 

Currently the Department of Veterinary Sciences offers three opportunities for externships at WSVL: 

extern reading slides at microscope

Typical Activities

The goals in taking on veterinary student externs are to give them an opportunity to see how a diagnostic laboratory operates, to incorporate that understanding into their knowledge of veterinary medicine, and to allow students to explore diagnostics as a potential career path.  Externs engage with WSVL faculty and staff on both daily cases and ongoing research.  Under the guidance of WSVL faculty, examples of activities include:

  • Assisting on the necropsy floor

  • Drafting necropsy finding

  • Reviewing histology slides

  • Cutting-in surgical accessions and other submitted tissues

  • Giving presentations and doing literature searches

  • Field visits

  • Examinations of wildlife specimens with personnel from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department

  • Participating in current research



  • Status as a current student at an accredited college of veterinary medicine

  • Rabies vaccination and protective rabies titer

  • Private health insurance

  • Personal copies of histology, pathology, and veterinary textbooks

  • Access to a vehicle (strongly recommended)


Success in the Externship

The best externs bring a positive, curious attitude and actively engage in the daily processes of the laboratory.  As the laboratory’s primary function is to serve clientele, externs must be flexible and willing to take part in whatever is required for the day.  With the unique, hands-on experience of a veterinary diagnostic externship comes the possibility of exposure to potentially infectious agents.  Taking care to follow safety procedures and work as a team ensures students get the most out of their externships. 

extern bleeding sheep
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College of Agriculture & Natural Resources

Department of Veterinary Sciences

1174 Snowy Range Rd

Laramie, WY 82070

Phone: 307-766-5059

Fax: 307-721-2051


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