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The Kelly Palm Memorial Externship

The Kelly Palm Memorial Externship was established in fond memory of Dr. Kelly Palm, a Wyoming veterinarian who ran a mixed animal practice in Laramie. 

The Kelly Palm Memorial Externship was established to expose veterinary students to diagnostic veterinary medicine in a publicly subsidized animal health laboratory.  As the focus is diagnostics, treatment of individual animals for illness or injury is not an aspect of the externship.  It is a competitive, funded, 1-credit externship, with one student selected annually for a 10 week period during the summer.  Major objectives are to acquaint the veterinary student with:

  • The role of diagnostic pathologists in performing necropsies

  • The role of ancillary disciplines (e.g., microbiology, toxicology, and serology) in establishing the basis of illness or death in animals

  • The interaction with veterinary clients

  • Examples and research studies of major diseases of livestock and companion animals

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All third or fourth year, rabies-vaccinated students in good academic standing from an accredited college of veterinary medicine are eligible for the externship.  Each participant must also have his/her own health insurance.   Applicants must have completed their undergraduate studies at the University of Wyoming and are selected based on qualifications, as demonstrated by resume and academic standing.



Questions and Applications

Apply by letter to the head of the Diagnostic Externship Program (see below) in the Department of Veterinary Sciences at the University of Wyoming.  Please provide a resume of professional and academic experience and include the time period(s) preferred for the externship in a cover letter.  A letter from the applicant’s academic dean indicating approval of the externship is also required.


Please contact the head of the Kelly Palm Memorial Externship with applications and questions:


William W. Laegreid, DVM, PhD

Department of Veterinary Sciences, University of Wyoming

Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory

1174 Snowy Range Road

Laramie, Wyoming 82070

Phone: (307) 766-9925

Fax: (307) 721-2051


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1174 Snowy Range Rd

Laramie, WY 82070

Phone: 307-766-5059

Fax: 307-721-2051


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