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Application Process


Each year, the Laboratory Animal Medicine Residency admits one resident at each site (Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota).

Admission requirements


To be eligible to apply for the Laboratory Animal Medicine Residency, applicants must:

  • Have a D.V.M. or equivalent and be licensed to practice veterinary medicine in the United States prior to start date
  • Comply with Mayo Clinic's general employment requirements, which may include a criminal background check and pre- and post-employment drug screening

Admission policies

View Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences admissions policy information in complete detail.

Non-U.S. citizen applicants

Admission to Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences is open to U.S. workers in the four categories below. Therefore, visa sponsorship is not available.

  1. U.S. citizens
  2. U.S. nationals
  3. Lawful permanent residents
  4. Asylees and refugees

Applicants whose primary language is not English must submit results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-based test (TOEFL iBT). Scores from the speaking portion of the exam are given particular consideration in admission decisions. Learn more about the exam and register online at the Educational Testing Service.

The Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences code for the TOEFL iBT is 5784.

Educational transcripts from schools outside the U.S. must be translated (if they are not already in English) and evaluated for U.S. equivalence by an accredited credential evaluation service company prior to submission. Please refer to the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services for a list of qualified companies. The applicant pays for the examination and credential-evaluation services.

How to apply

Disability accommodations

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences values diversity and welcomes applicants with disabilities. If you are anticipating or experiencing disability related barriers in accessing this application, please contact Disability Compliance Advisors at

Application timeline

Application deadline Program start date Apply
Typically November or December July Online application

You must apply through the Veterinary Internship and Residency Matching Program (VIRMP).

Laboratory animal medicine residencies have an application deadline earlier than other internship and residency programs (typically in November or December). Your application and all supporting documentation must be received prior to the deadline posted on VIRMP to ensure that the program has ample time to schedule and complete on-site interviews with prospective candidates. Because this deadline is distinct from other residency specialties participating in the VIRMP, you should contact your references and registrar to ensure that you submit your letters of support and transcripts prior to this date.

The program begins in July.

Application instructions

  1. Online application. Complete the online application through VIRMP.
  2. Application review. The Laboratory Animal Medicine Residency selection committee carefully reviews each application. Applicants are evaluated by the committee based on these criteria:
    • Academic performance and degrees obtained
    • Clinical experience
    • Research experience
    • Letters of reference
    • Other outstanding experiences or characteristics

    Candidates with strong leadership and interpersonal skills and an interest in lifelong learning are preferred.

Interview process

Individuals considered for an appointment are invited to interview remotely or in-person in Rochester, Minnesota, in January or February.


Results will be posted to the VIRMP website on the match date.