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Nutrition Externship List 

Updated 3/2/2023

Ardente Veterinary Nutrition LLC, Remote
Develop an understanding of comparative nutrition through participating in zoo/aquatic animal nutrition research and consultations.
2 weeks/ 3 weeks; Flexible, Year-round
Requirements: Prior nutrition coursework. Phone interview prior to acceptance to discuss student's goals and interests and ensure they align with the purpose/goals of this business.
Contact: Amanda Ardente, DVM, PhD, amanda@ardentevetnutrition.coma

Purina Animal Nutrition, Gray Summit, MO
Unique internship experiences offered at the Equine Research Unit at the Purina Animal Nutrition Center in Gray Summit, MO. Our research focuses on four main areas of equine physiology including palatability and eating behavior, growth and reproduction, exercise physiology, and GI physiology and the microbiome. We tailor our internships to the current research needs of the business and the unique interests of the intern. Interns typically have the opportunity to participate in all areas of daily data collection, horse care, and facility maintenance. Additionally, interns may have the opportunity to work closely with the Equine Innovation Manager on their own research project and/or to shadow a member of the sales team and/or visit one of our feed production facilities.
Requirements: Interns should have a strong background in equine husbandry and a passion for equine research.
Contact: Robert Jacobs, PhD,  

Nestle Purina PetCare Company, St. Joseph, MO
Anne-Marie Brinkmann
On-the-job training in the care and treatments of large populations of companion animals.  Stipend of $100 per week and lodging is provided by Purina.  More details available here
3 weeks (minimum link); Flexible, year-round
Requirements:  Fulfills a rotation requirement for 3rd and 4th year DVM students.
Contact: Email cover letter and resume, along with preferred rotation dates to Anne-Marie Brinkmann, Anne-Marie.Brinkmann@rd.nestle.com

North Carolina State University- College of Veterinary Medicine, Raleigh, NC
Clinical nutrition through nutritional services, including: nutrition support for critically ill patients in ICU setting; Obesity cases; acute and chronic disease states; well-pet feeding plans. Major focus is companion small animals with occasional small animal exotics, equine, and small ruminant cases. Student needs to provide their own housing, transportation (to /from workplace) and meals. The college has a list of available short-term housing options.
1 week, 2 weeks, will work with student for mutual availability
Requirements: COVID vaccinated with proof of negative testing. In clinical (4th) year. Short statement on: (1) personal goals for the externship and (2) personal statement regarding diversity, equity, inclusion with an example of how this manifests for the individual student.
Contact: Korinn Saker, MS, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Nutrition)

San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance, 
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Requirements: Cover letter, resume, unofficial transcripts, and at least one letter of recommendation, preferably written by an academic faculty member.  All files should be submitted in PDF format with your name and position as the filename.
Contact: Andrea Fidgett, MSc, PhD, afidgett@sdzwa.org

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
Maryanne Murphy, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Nutrition) and Angela Rollins, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Nutrition)
Combination of telemedicine and traditional nutrition referral cases for dogs and cats. A detailed list of learning objectives and rotation description can be provided upon request.
Generally 1 week, but could do 2 weeks for students interested in nutrition specialization; Will work with student for mutual availability
Requirements: Senior veterinary student in a program that provides reciprocation of UTCVM student externs.
Contact: Marianne Murphy, mmurph30@utk.edu

The University of Tennessee,Knoxville, TN
Maryanne Murphy, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Nutrition) and Angela Rollins, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Nutrition)
Fourth year students rotate on the nutrition service and may maintain secondary case control under the direction of a resident or a faculty member. There are currently two full time residents, one part time resident, and two DACVIM (Nutrition) faculty members involved with the UT Veterinary Nutrition Service. The majority of our case load is distance-based with consultations taking place via phone or video conferencing. Students are involved with remote consultations, in-person outpatient appointments, cases seen through the UT Veterinary Obesity Center, and consultations for other services within the hospital.
2 weeks; Flexible, year round.
Requirements: Clinical/4th year; training at school that can reciprocate clinical externs with the University of Tennessee.
Contact: Ashley Dalton, Clinical Placement Coordinator, adalto20@utk.edu, 865-974-5413

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