The Clinical Microbiology Externship is a 2-week rotation focusing on infectious disease and infectious disease diagnosis at Washington State University and the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (WADDL). Students will gain experience within the field of diagnostic medicine with an emphasis on bacteriology, mycology, virology, serology, parasitology, and molecular techniques. WADDL has a diverse caseload including companion animals, agricultural animal, camelids, wildlife and exotic animals submitted through the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, as well as local, regional and national clientele.
Students will interact with Microbiology faculty and residents, technical staff, as well as Pathology faculty and residents to get a well-rounded understanding of the profession. Students will rotate through diagnostic sections within the laboratory to gain hands on experience with testing and work flow. Students will follow cases through the laboratory to include clinical history review, selection of appropriate testing, and interpretation of test results in a clinical context. Attendance of microbiology-focus seminars and rounds will be included in the training experience. Students will also have the opportunity to meet with research faculty in the College of Veterinary Medicine to familiarize themselves with infectious disease research being performed as an introduction to the combined Clinical Microbiology Residency/PhD program.
Students selected to participate in WSU’s externship will be introduced to the combined anatomic pathology residency/graduate training program offered within the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (WADDL) and the Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology (VMP). Students will interact with 10 to 12 resident pathologists, 8 ACVP boarded pathologists, and other faculty members while participating in diagnostic necropsies, evaluating histopathology from necropsies and surgical biopsies, and interpreting immunohistochemistry. If time allows, externs will follow a subset of cases to their conclusion through ancillary laboratories (bacteriology, virology, serology, parasitology, toxicology, aquatic health, and molecular diagnostics). Our caseload includes domestic small animals, food animals, horses, camelids, exotics, fish, and birds submitted from WSU’s veterinary teaching hospital, regional practitioners, and local clientele as well as wild mammals and birds submitted by wildlife biologists. In addition, externs will meet with residents in the combined training program and selected faculty to discuss current research projects in order to understand the ongoing research in immunology and infectious diseases within VMP.