Eight students have been selected to participate in the Summer Enrichment Program at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine July 11-August 15, 2003.
The program provides mentoring for college students with disadvantaged backgrounds. A combination of academic workshops and hands-on experience in the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital helps prepare participants for the competitive process of applying to veterinary school.
"The 5-week course involves daily study sessions, career presentations, and volunteer hours in the teaching hospital," explains Yasmin Williams, admissions director. "Students see a variety of animals in clinics and observe first-hand the duties of a veterinarian, which they must be familiar with before they enter veterinary school. For example, students learn basic concepts of diagnosis and actually present case material encountered weekly in the teaching hospital—just as they would in veterinary school." Students also practice mock admissions interviews and review for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
Since the program began in 1987, about half its participants have enrolled in the School of Veterinary Medicine. Jill Mercado, a 1998 participant and a member of the Class of 2005, now coordinates the Summer Enrichment Program.
UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu, conducts teaching, research and service to educate veterinarians and benefit animal, human and environmental health.
Information about Admissions and the Summer Enrichment Program
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