Becker College School of Animal Studies Develops Externship with University of Massachusetts Medical School

Published on Monday, February 24th, 2014

The Becker College School of Animal Studies has developed a new externship with the Department of Animal Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS).  Animal studies students from Becker are participating in the pilot externship program at UMMS during the spring semester of 2014.

Students will spend 10 weeks during an academic semester, for a total of 400 hours, at UMMS, receiving academic credit for their time and work. The externship provides students with access to UMMS staff and facilities and an opportunity to apply their classroom knowledge to the real world while learning about animal care, use and welfare at a biomedical research enterprise.

“We are pleased to collaborate with such an esteemed research institution and to expand the opportunities available to high-caliber animal studies students,” said Richard A. French, dean of Animal Studies and Allerton Chair of Animal Health Sciences at Becker. “Students who complete such valuable experiences go on to become world ready graduates prepared to succeed in the career of their choice.”

About the University of Massachusetts Medical School

The University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS), one of five campuses of the University system, comprises the School of Medicine, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, the Graduate School of Nursing, a thriving research enterprise and an innovative public service initiative, Commonwealth Medicine. Its mission is to advance the health of the people of the commonwealth through pioneering education, research, public service and health care delivery with its clinical partner, UMass Memorial Health Care. In doing so, it has built a reputation as a world-class research institution and as a leader in primary care education. The Medical School attracts more than $240 million annually in research funding, placing it among the top 50 medical schools in the nation. In 2006, UMMS’s Craig C. Mello, PhD, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and the Blais University Chair in Molecular Medicine, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, along with colleague Andrew Z. Fire, PhD, of Stanford University, for their discoveries related to RNA interference (RNAi). The 2013 opening of the Albert Sherman Center ushered in a new era of biomedical research and education on campus. Designed to maximize collaboration across fields, the Sherman Center is home to scientists pursuing novel research in emerging scientific fields with the goal of translating new discoveries into innovative therapies for human diseases.