Information for Veterinary Students
Through the public and corporate (PC) academic track, students interested in careers beyond private clinical practice will be able to immerse themselves in advanced coursework and identify externship opportunities that will prepare them to be leaders in the field of public and corporate veterinary medicine. Courses in the PC track curriculum train students to take a systems approach in addressing complex health problems at the intersection of human, animal, and environmental health. Content focuses on developing knowledge and skills critical to maintaining healthy populations, translating science to policy, and communicating across diverse audiences. The approach is broad so that students can apply what they learn to their specific career interest area.
Students who graduate from the PC track are also well prepared for private practice, which is sometimes a first stepping stone in a planned pathway towards future careers in public practice.
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Bio ItemThomas Cecere , bio
Associate Professor, Anatomic Pathology
Bio ItemTierra Price , bio
Bio ItemGianni Campellone , bio
Laboratory Animal Medicine
Bio ItemCindy Driscoll , bio
Wildlife Medicine & Conservation
Bio ItemAnn Carpenter , bio
Public Health: Epidemic Intelligence
Bio ItemChris Margrey , bio
Bio ItemSara Margrey , bio
Public Health: Food Safety
Bio ItemClaire Simeone , bio
Marine Mammal Medicine & Conservation
Bio ItemLydia Carpenter , bio
Public Health: Import/Export Regulatory Affairs
Bio ItemJessica Plunkard , bio
Laboratory Animal Medicine
Bio ItemJoseph Ianniello , bio
Companion Animal Surgeon: Veterinary Corporation
The CPCVM oversees and administers two travel award programs for students:
- The United States Animal Health Association (USAHA) / American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD) Veterinary Student Scholarship provides travel stipends to attend the annual USAHA / AAVLD fall conference. Awards are competitive. The application period typically opens in late August.
- The Veterinary Public Practice Award provides travel reimbursement up to $1,000 for students who participate in public practice veterinary externships. Awards are competitive. The application period typically opens in late September - early October for the following year.
We announce the open application period for all travel awards in the Announcement tab on the Home page.
A video was established to give veterinary students the opportunity to learn more about public practice career opportunities from a panel of veterinarians with a wide variety of experience in this important area of veterinary medicine. Each panel member gives a brief overview of their career, the path they followed into public practice, and career guidance. A link to the full video (1 hour, 38 minutes) is available at the bottom of this page. A transcript is available with the video.
While we consider it best to watch the full video for context and general advice, we have included direct links to each speaker's presentation for those students who may have specific areas of interest.
Starting at 15:20.
Dr. Gilsdorf is a veterinary consultant, and former Director of National Center for Animal Health Programs within the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).
Starting at 43:26.
Dr. Egbe is the Chief Veterinary Medical Officier in HHS's Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response (ASPR), National Disaster Medical System (NDMS), and National Veterinary Response Team (NVRT).