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Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Microbiologist Intern

May - August 2019 • Lynchburg, VA

What I liked

Going in blind, not knowing anything about microbiology. By the end, I was running my own tests and diagnosing.

What I wish was different

Nothing, everyone in the lab is very friendly. It's a very welcoming learning environment. Everyone wants you to succeed.

Advice

Be open and ready to learn. Take notes. Things that I learned during the internship are applicable to my classes now.
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Summer Microbiologist Intern

May - August 2019 • Harrisonburg, VA

What I liked

The environment, learning new techniques, my co-workers were amazing to work with!

What I wish was different

More experience in the Bacteriology department.

Advice

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Microbiology Intern

May - August 2019 • Warrenton, VA

What I liked

It was an absolutely amazing experience to work hands-on in veterinary microbiology, serology, and necropsy. There were so many different cases and species that came through, and determining a diagnosis from the available information was very satisfying. I got plenty of hands-on time in the necropsy chamber and learned about anatomy in different species.

What I wish was different

It took me a while to learn everything. If there was an information packet or something similar explaining the different testing techniques, I think it would be easier to learn about microbiology.

Advice

You can't be squeamish.
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