PIC Swine Veterinary Externship Program


PIC North America offers a limited number of two-week externships based in Hendersonville, TN, for veterinary students committed to swine production medicine. Current third year students are encouraged to apply. Applications for July 2018-June 2019 are being accepted through January 31, 2018. The objective of the program is to expose proactive swine veterinary students to a pioneering genetics company with a focus on the role of the swine veterinarian in a high health breeding stock multiplication system.

Program Structure

  • Two-week schedule combining field experience and office experience in a premier swine genetics company
  • PIC will cover travel expenses, meals, and lodging during the two-week externship. No stipend provided
  • Potential training topics:
    • Overview and principles of a breeding stock company
    • Basics of the PIC genetic improvement platform
    • Overview of the PIC Technical services and Swine Nutrition programs
    • Principles of health, biosecurity, and monitoring of a breeding stock multiplication system
    • Ante and post mortem swine sample collection and interpretation of diagnostic test results
    • Exposure to multiple phases within pig production:
      • Multiplier herds
      • Gene transfer center (GTC, boar stud)
      • Transport decontamination facilities
      • Harvest facility
      • Feed mills


  1. Third year veterinary student in North America (US or CA)
  2. Ability to demonstrate passion for swine industry, continual learning and excellence

How to Apply
Submit the following by January 31st:

  • Letter of Intent
  • Resume
  • Two reference letters

September 1st: Application process opens
January 31st: Deadline for all application materials to be submitted
February 28th: Results communicated to applicants
March 1st: Announcement at AASV and externship dates confirmed

Contact information
PIC North America
100 Bluegrass Commons Blvd Ste 2200
Hendersonville, TN 37075
Office Phone: 615-265-2700
Email: PIC.Ams.Health@genusplc.com


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