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How To Indicate Interest
If you have seen a Volunteer Student Program (VSP) flyer at your College of Veterinary Medicine, please follow the directions on the flyer. Otherwise, please email laura.sepulveda@fsis.usda.gov the following information:
  • Name
  • Current College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) School
  • Graduation Date
  • Available Dates
  • Location(s) of Interest
    (Please keep in mind that this is unpaid, so the ideal situation is somewhere close to family/friends or school.)
  • Resume
  • Transcripts (unofficial is fine)
    If you can not email transcripts, please send them to:
    Laura Sepulveda
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW.
    Mail Stop 3150-SB
    Washington, DC 20250-3700
    Or fax to (202) 205-2515.

If you have questions about the program please contact Laura Sepulveda at (202) 720-9401 or email laura.sepulveda@fsis.usda.gov

Externship Process
If you are a current student at a College of Veterinary Medicine and have finished or will be finished with your first year by the time this externship happens, than you are eligible for this Volunteer Student Program (VSP).

If your dates of availability and location match up with a Food Safety and Inspection Service mentor in the field and their availability, then we will place you. We have mentors all across the United States.

Program Overview

Common Questions

Last Modified: February 9, 2012



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