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Summer VETS Program


The Veterinary School at the University of Pennsylvania will again offer a summer program for both college and high school students (11th and 12th graders). The Veterinary Exploration Through Science (VETS) program is an exciting experience held during the summer of 2014. 

This is a day program of one week sessions. Two sessions have been designed specifically for college students and two sessions have been designed for high school students. The program has been created for those who are interested in the science of veterinary medicine.

Students will participate in two rotations with our fourth-year vet students and experience veterinary medicine throughout our small animal hospital.  Special labs in Pathology, Microbiology and Anatomy have been created specifically for the students participating in our program which will be taught by our renowned faculty or veterinary students.

Summer VETS ProgramAdditionally, a whole day will be devoted to New Bolton Center, our large animal facility. Students will tour through the Marshak Dairy, Widener Hospital for Large Animals, and Sport Medicine Treadmill. This ambitious program will also be supplemented by several lectures such as Public Health & Toxicology, Working Dogs, and Clinical Investigations to name a few.

A student panel discussion will be held with our current vet students which will provide participants the opportunity to learn firsthand about our veterinary school through the student perspective. Additionally, participants will interact with members of the Admissions Office who are coordinating this program. One-on-one sessions with an Admissions officer can be arranged.

If you have an interest in a career in veterinary medicine, then this program will provide you with an understanding of the challenges and rewards of this profession. You will have the opportunity to interact with other students who share your passion and begin forging future relationships with those who care about science and medicine for animals.

» See photos from past Summer VETS programs


Schedule Monday through Friday from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm. Download a sample schedule (pdf).
Housing Since this is a day program, housing is not included. However, different options and a list of local hotels can be found on the accommodations page.
Tuition The non-refundable tuition of $975.00 includes lunches, program materials, lab fees, and transportation to and from New Bolton Center.
Eligibility Students who are currently enrolled in college or post-baccalaureate programs are eligible to attend the college weeks. High school students who are currently enrolled in 11th or 12th grades are eligible to attend the high school weeks.
Requirements Students are required to complete an application, essay and submit two letters of recommendation in addition to transcripts. A non-refundable application fee of $40 is also required. The deadline is April 2. A rabies inoculation is recommended but not required. Students will be required to bring two sets of scrubs and a lab coat with them.