Rose Bio 493 Preveterinary Student Internship Syllabus (2 credits) Section 1:


JMU Instructor: Dr. Christopher Rose


Office hours: see dept. website, look for me in my lab; email me for an appointment outside of office hours.


Office: Bioscience 2022 Lab: Bioscience 2028

Phone: 568-6666 (O)          email:


Health Lab Supervisor: Jessica Walters, DVM

Laboratory Director/Veterinary Diagnostician

Harrisonburg Regional Animal Health Laboratory

Virginia Dept. Agriculture & Consumer Services (VDACS)

261 Mount Clinton Pike

Harrisonburg, VA  22802

Telephone: (540) 209-9131

FAX:   (540) 432-1195


Catalogue description:


BIO 493. Pre-Veterinary Student Internship (0, 7). 2 credits. Offered fall and spring.

Students are supervised by veterinarians and lab technicians in diagnostic lab activities at a regional animal health laboratory. A proposal and final presentation are required. Enrollment is limited to 1-2 individuals per term and students are advised to contact the Pre-Veterinary coordinator to be waitlisted. Prerequisites: Completion of BIO 224, GPA of 2.5 or higher and permission of the instructor.


Course objectives:


Preveterinary students gain hands-on training and experience in the diagnosis of health problems and causes of death for locally raised livestock and poultry.


Learning outcomes:


1. hands-on training and experience in the diagnosis of health problems and causes of death for locally raised livestock and poultry.


2. experience in the role of government in the quality control of farm-produced food products and live stock and farm animal health care.


3. professional interactions with veterinarians and lab technicians.




1. Be a declared Prevet, fulltime student with a serious intention to apply to veterinary school.

2. Have completed Bio 214 and 224 in order to have the necessary background for doing PCR.

3. Have a GPA of 2.5 or greater.

4. Have a class schedule indicating time blocks that can be committed to meet the required 1 day (7-8 hours) per week for 15 weeks at the clinic.

5. Obtain the approval of both Dr. Rose and Dr. Walters. Provide the name of a JMU Biology professor who can provide a verbal recommendation of the student to Dr. Rose.


Course time and place: All training will be done at the Harrisonburg Regional Animal Health Laboratory; meeting times will be scheduled on an individual basis at the start of each academic term. Note that internships are no longer available during the summer (May and June) terms.


Required texts and materials: none


Adding/dropping class: Policy and deadlines can be found at


Disabilities: Policy and deadlines can be found at


Attendance and missed performance and missed deadline policies: Students are required to put in a minimum of 3.5 hours per credit hour per week and missed time must be made up in subsequent weeks. Failure to meet this requirement and to meet deadlines will be subject to a grade penalty. If you have a valid excuse (school-recognized religious observation; official school business; job, court or graduate school interview; sickness with doctorÕs note; death or serious illness in family) for failing to meet this requirement or missing a deadline, contact me by email at least three days before the date in question to arrange how to make up the lost time and/or getting an extension for a deadline.


Requirements of the course:


1. Submit a 2-3 page proposal based on an interview with Dr. Walters in the first two weeks of the term, outlining the types of activities carried out at the clinic, how you intend to participate in these activities, what you hope to learn, and how this will benefit you in pursuing your career plans. Failure to submit this proposal within the first 2 weeks of term without a legitimate excuse (school-recognized religious observations, official school business with documentation, court appearance, job or graduate school interview, sickness with a doctorÕs note, death or serious illness in family) is sufficient grounds for receiving a No credit grade.


2. Attend two 3-4 hour sessions a week at the laboratory and assist staff in necropsies and additional diagnostic tests for a minimum of 7 hours per week.


3. Students must comply with business casual dress code as defined by VDACS. This excludes clothing that reveals too much cleavage, back, chest, stomach or undergarments; clothing that is torn, dirty, frayed, skin tight or revealing; clothing with unfinished seams and holes; clothing that has words, terms, or pictures that may be offensive to other employees; camouflage and athletic apparel; biking shorts, warm-up, exercise or athletic pants, sweatpants, sweatshirts, jogging or track suits, Bermuda shorts, pajama pants, shorts, overalls, leggings, jeggings, and any spandex or other form -fitting pants such as those worn for athletic use, and athletic apparel with team logos. Acceptable pants include slacks, khakis, wool pants, dressy capris, other nice looking casual pants, and jeans as long as they are in good condition, not ripped or torn, and clean. Casual dresses and skirts, and skirts that are split at or below the knee are acceptable. Dress and skirt length should be at a length at which you can sit comfortably in public. Appropriate footware includes loafers, oxfords, clogs, boots, flats, dress heels, and deck-type shoes (i.e. "top-siders"), and comfort style shoes that are not athletic in nature. Closed-toe shoes are always required since students do not know when they might be involved in necropsies. Wearing no stockings or socks is acceptable in warm weather if the shoe style permits. Sneakers or any other types of athletic shoe, work boot, thongs, flip-flops, and slippers are not acceptable.


4. Keep a hardcopy daily log of your visits, describing the activities carried out and any special lessons learnt or problems encountered, and show this log to Dr. Rose at the end of term.


5. Give a 50-minute, Powerpoint-based presentation to Dr. Rose at the end of term, describing the operation of the clinic, how you participated in the different activities and what you learned. Be prepared to answer questions about individual activities, their methods, analyses, goals and problems.




The biology internship coordinator will ask for a verbal assessment of the studentÕs performance from Dr. Walters at the end of term. The biology internship coordinator will assign a grade of Credit/No Credit based on how well the student met course requirements 1-5 and feedback received from Dr. Walters.


Inclement weather policies: Missed meetings and lab time will be made up later in the term or at the request of the instructor.


Religious observation accommodations: Policy and deadlines can be found at


Laboratory policy: Students must comply with the dress code listed above. Most procedures will require the use of safety glasses, lab coats and gloves. All procedures will be done in accordance with government regulations protecting animal rights and welfare. If any student objects to the subject matter or nature of the work, he or she is strongly requested to bring their concern to the instructor's attention at the start of the course (i.e., in the first week of classes). Depending on the circumstances, the student may be advised to reconsider their enrollment in the course. All students are requested to treat all laboratory exercises and materials with the respect and maturity befitting serious scientific inquiry.


Honor Code: All students are expected to be familiar with and abide by the JMU Honor Code. ( Forms of academic dishonesty include cheating on tests or homework, lending your work to another person to submit it as his or her own, reporting false data, selling or uploading unauthorized documents from a class, deliberately creating false information on a works cited or reference page; and plagiarism, presenting another personÕs writing, ideas or results as your own, whether intentional or not. Work submitted for this course must be your own and written for this course. To avoid plagiarism in writing, paraphrased and quoted materials must be properly cited in the text and referenced in the bibliography (see above); unnecessary or excessive use of direct quotations will be penalized.