"As a public corporate tracker at Virginia-Maryland CVM, I get the opportunity to schedule many more external rotations geared towards my career interests than my peers in the small animal and large animal tracks. These rotations are necessary for students like myself as it is difficult to get a good feel for the vast range of opportunities in public veterinary practice if most of the final year was spent in the teaching hospital.

"I’m almost three quarters of the way through my clinical year and I’ve had some incredible experiences with my external rotations. I’ve made over 100 new connections during the final few externships of the year. The most valuable rotations have given me the chance to put my VMCVM-derived public corporate skills and knowledge to the test and work with teams in real world settings where veterinarians can make a huge impact.

"Some of my most memorable rotations have been with the USDA and CDC where I’ve worked with teams that impact zoonotic disease control, policy, human health, and animal health at the population level every day. These experiences and connections have been vital in helping to shape the critical and exciting time period following my DVM graduation. I now have a much better idea of the kind of career I want to have as a public practice veterinarian thanks to an array of fantastic externships.

"One of the drawbacks to a large number of rotations away from school is the expense incurred by travel and finding adequate housing in domestic and international locations. With no financial help, public corporate students must work some magic in finding safe and comfortable places to stay in close proximity to these key external rotations. The price of getting to these experiences and staying for 3-6 weeks can be very steep. If not for the invaluable skills and practical career experiences, the cost of completing these rotations would be a difficult financial burden to justify."

- Sam Grossberg (DVM/MPH '16)