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Internship Announcement!

Overview: The National Fish and Wildlife Forensics Lab (NFWFL) in Ashland, OR offers an unpaid internship program in the Pathology Section of the Lab that is open to foreign and US veterinarians with an interest in learning the techniques of forensic pathology. NFWFL is the only wildlife forensics lab in the United States and is part of the US Department of the Interior Office of Law Enforcement. The Lab aids in the investigations of DOI law enforcement agents by analyzing submitted evidence in five scientific disciplines: Genetics, Criminalistics, Morphology, and Pathology. Cases for analysis are received from all 50 US states and US territories. The Pathology Section is staffed by three pathologists and two pathology evidence technicians, and utilizes a new, state-of-the-art facility. Interns will learn about the laws governing endangered species in the US, law enforcement evidence handling protocols, forensic necropsy techniques, and will be exposed to the functions of other scientific disciplines the Lab. Interns will have an opportunity to work on cases directly under the supervision of the pathologists to determine cause and manner of death. Completion of a project is encouraged and it is recommended that, in their application materials, applicants propose a research project to be undertaken during their time at the Lab. This project may be refined and guided by the staff pathologists.

Applications are evaluated quarterly and deadlines for receipt of application materials are January 1, April 1, July 1, and October 1. Applications received between January 1 and April 1 will be evaluated and applicants will be informed of their status by April 30. A similar schedule follows other application periods. Applicants should be mindful of the deadline dates when determining proposed dates of the internship.

Who may apply: Degreed veterinarians from an AVMA-accredited veterinary college or foreign veterinarians with an accepted degree

Period of internship: The internship period will be at least one month long and will not exceed three months duration.

Accommodations: At this time, the NFWFL cannot offer a stipend or a housing allowance.

Application materials:
Cover letter/letter of intent
Three references
Specific desired timeframe of internship
Outline of proposed project

Please mail or email application materials to:
Dr. Tabitha Viner
Supervisory Veterinary Pathologist
National Fish and Wildlife Forensics Lab
1490 E. Main St.
Ashland, OR 97520

E-Mail: Tabitha Viner




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