AO Research Institute Davos veterinary externships

Apply coursework learning to a real-life setting in preclinical orthopedic research within the AO Research Institute Davos (ARI)

This experience allows veterinary students to apply coursework learning to a real-life setting in preclinical orthopedic research within the AO Research Institute Davos (ARI). Students are trained under the supervision of highly skilled and dedicated veterinarians, including ECLAM and ECVS diplomates, scientists and technical staff, whose combined knowledge and experience are utilized to develop models, plan experiments, conduct studies, correlate data, and prepare study reports.

It is a chance to observe, ask questions, and gain hands-on experience in a highly-developed academic research environment. An externship can lead to opportunities after the completion of studies and provides a source of networking contacts for a later professional career.

Participation and insight

  • Examination of patients before and after surgical interventions
  • Anesthesia of different species
  • Assistance in surgical procedures
  • Postoperative surveillance and wound management
  • Digital radiography and CT imaging
  • Necropsy
  • Ethical and welfare aspects of preclinical research
  • State-of-the-art husbandry and housing of research herds
  • Project management in preclinical research

If the applicant is interested, insight into other research areas in AO Research Institute Davos (histology, biomechanical testing, regenerative medicine, and musculoskeletal infection) could be possible.


Please send your completed application package including CV, references (optional), and university transcripts to the address provided below.

Skills and qualifications

Strong interest in one or more of the following: surgery, anesthesia, medicine laboratory, imaging, and orthopedic research

Self-motivated and proactive team player with flexible attitude to constantly shifting work priorities

Final year veterinary students will be given preference

Fluency in German or English


Externships run for eight to twelve weeks, or longer if that can be justified in the application.

Eligible countries

Only applicants from EU-25 or EFTA member states can apply for these positions.


Monika Schneider

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What AO Research Institute Davos fellows have to say

“The AO Research Institute Davos fellowship helped me better organize my work, enhance my communication skills, and expand my vision or approach.”

Dr Junxuan Ma, AO Research Institute Davos, Switzerland