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As the Nation's veterinary authority, APHIS Veterinary Services (VS) improves the health, productivity, and quality of life for animals and people, and maintains and promotes the safety and availability of animals, animal products, and veterinary biologics. Our comprehensive and integrated on-farm surveillance activities provide us the capability to achieve national goals for animal disease prevention, detection, and early response. Jump start your career with an opportunity at USDA APHIS through an ORISE internship or fellowship. Utilize the information on this site to familiarize yourself with the ORISE Research Participation Programs at USDA APHIS.

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With the support of an assigned mentor, participants have authentic research experiences using equipment not found on most college campuses.

Our participants are excited about the educational research they are doing

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    Timothy Boston

    Timothy Boston, an Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) fellow at the USDA APHIS Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, evaluates the performance of novel diagnostic technologies for rapid detection of Foot-and-Mouth disease virus (FMDV) as part of an internship with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T).

  • My favorite part of the program is the willingness of everyone in APHIS staff to provide scientific training in areas relevant to their specific field. This ranged from sequencing, diagnostics and validation to reagent and vaccine production. Occasionally, I also shadow other microbiologists in their work which helps broaden my horizon.

    —Timothy Boston
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