Early Veterinary Student Bovine Experience Program

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About the Program

EVSBEP stands for Early Veterinary Student Bovine Experience Program. EVSBEP is designed to expose students to commercial cattle operations and to food animal practitioners who can mentor these students. Since most veterinary students do not come from agricultural backgrounds, exposure to animal agriculture and veterinarians working with cattle creates awareness of new career possibilities.

Who can apply?
First or second year veterinary student in the School of Veterinary Medicine, at UC Davis, may apply.

What is the amount of the award?
The award amount in 2016 is $2,000 for 4 weeks of participation. DVM students must be in good academic standing at the end of the spring semester to receive an award.

How much time is required?
Students work with a food animal practitioner or on a dairy or beef production livestock operation for 4 weeks during the summer. The dates are flexible and are arranged to be mutually convenient for the livestock operation/veterinarian and student.

What will the student do?
For students who work alongside a cattle/livestock veterinarian the types of experiences depend on the types of production facilities/farms where the veterinarian works as well as the types of calls for which a veterinarian is called out to a facility/farm. On a production factility a student will typically work with an owner, herdsman, or private practice veterinarian performing the major jobs on that facility. On a dairy the common types of job tasks include delivering calves, raising calves, milking cows, feeding cows, breeding cows, treating sick cows, record keeping, and working with the veterinarian during his/her visits. Students typically work 5 to 5 ½ days a week by agreement with the manager/veterinarian.

Where does the student live?
Housing arrangements/meals/transport are the responsibility of the student.  Some dairies have free housing suitable for a student. Students may also live at home or with a friend or relative if they live near the production unit/veterinary practice.  

When should you apply?
First and second year enrolled veterinary students at UC Davis are invited to apply by the deadline that is typically announced during December preceding the summer that a student will participate in the program. Acceptance decisions are typically made during early February. After that, students will have to actively identify their mentors by mid-late spring.