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Summer Enrichment Program Aids with Veterinary School Application Process

Dentistry PracticeAfter five weeks of veterinary experience, classroom work, practice for the GRE exam, mock interviews and more, seven aspiring veterinarians have completed the Summer Enrichment Program held July 9-August 12, 2005.

The Office of Student Programs, which oversees the veterinary school application process and other student matters, designed the program to provide specialized preparation for the highly competitive process of applying to veterinary school. Participants have been identified as having overcome specific challenges to their higher education.

"The course involves daily study sessions, career presentations, and volunteer hours in the Veterinary Medical 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. They learn basic concepts of diagnosis and present case material encountered in the teaching hospital just as they would in veterinary school."

The individuals selected are:

· Nicholas Moseby, 23, a student at CSU Sacramento and resident of Sacramento, CA

· (Hermes) Omar Cabrera, Jr., 25, a graduate of UC Davis, current resident of Davis, CA and former resident of Palmdale, CA

· Courtney Wong , 20, a student at UC Davis and resident of San Francisco, CA

· Kvin Lertpiriyapong, 29, a graduate of the PhD program in plant biology at UC Berkeley

· Andrew Ichord, 30, A UC Davis graduate and resident of Woodland, CA

· Melissa Cavazos, 21, a student at UC Davis, current resident of Davis, CA and former resident of Sacramento, CA

· Victoria Moreno, 24, a graduate of San Diego State University and resident of Chula Vista, CA

At the teaching hospital, students explored the veterinary specialties of dentistry, radiology, food animal medicine, cardiology, equine medicine and behavior. These hands-on clinic sessions help fulfill veterinary school application requirements.

Cardiology PracticeThe participants also practiced admissions interviews and reviewed for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Second-year veterinary student Thomas Hansen coordinated the students' activities, led course presentations and provided teaching assistance.

Summer Enrichment Program participants receive specialized instruction and clinical experience at no charge. They pay their own expenses to attend. Since the Summer Enrichment Program began in 1987, about half its participants have successfully competed for acceptance into the four-year Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program. In 2004-2005, the school received 894 applications for 122 places in the Class of 2009.


For more information about how you can support the Summer Education Program and other veterinary education programs, please visit our Development Office online.