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Summer Program Helps Disadvantaged Applicants Gain Edge

July 13, 2006

Ten prospective veterinary students determined to improve their chances of getting into veterinary school are participating in the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine's Summer Enrichment Program. Sessions run from July 7 to August 11.

The Summer Enrichment Program provides specialized preparation and practical experience for college students who have overcome specific challenges along their path to higher education: educational or cultural disadvantages, financial need, language barriers, physical disability or other challenges. This year's participants are:

· Christina Terry, 22, San Ramon, Class of 2006, UC Berkeley
· Priyanka Thakkar, 20, Simi Valley, Class of 2007, Cal Poly Pomona
· Anna Tupaz, 24, Westminster, Class of 2006, UC Davis
· Edith Avendano, 24, Huntington Park, Class of 2007, Cal Poly Pomona
· Lauren Collins, 20, Altadena, Pasadena City College
· Amber Durrell, 20, Auburn, Class of 2008, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
· Christine Jaory, 21, San Marino, Class of 2006, UCLA
· Kim Phan, 21, San Jose, Class of 2008, UC San Diego
· Anna Christina Poeck, 22, Key Biscayne, FL, Class of 2007, Barry University
· Jenny Tam, 22, Monterey Park, Class of 2006, Cal Poly Pomona

Participants attend five weeks of daily academic workshops. They also spend several hours each day in the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital to gain veterinary-related experience. They observe hospital practices and learn the inner workings of the clinics of cardiology, radiology, dentistry, behavior, dermatology, exotics, horses and food animals. Prospective applicants also practice admissions interviews and review for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

Yasmin Williams, admissions director, states, "Summer Enrichment students see a variety of animals both large and small in clinics. They observe the range of a veterinarian's duties in a hospital setting and gain veterinary-related experience required for entry into the DVM program. They learn basic concepts of diagnosis and present case material from the teaching hospital—just as they would in veterinary school."

Veterinary students schedule program activities, arrange clinic sessions and tutor the summer group. Coordinators this summer are Tom Hansen, Andrea Hsu, Leslie Holeman, Andrew Whitaker and Lisa St. Clair. Summer Enrichment Program participants receive free instruction and clinical experience. Students pay their own travel and living expenses.

Places are limited and demand is high to enter veterinary school. In 2006, 966 applicants competed for 131 seats at UC Davis. Since the Summer Enrichment Program began in 1987, about half its participants have entered the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program.

UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine serves California through statewide teaching, research and service programs that benefit animal, human and environmental health.

The California Alliance for Minority Participation, a Summer 2006 pilot program at the School of Veterinary Medicine, also seeks to broaden the diversity of students entering science and veterinary careers.
Media contact: Lynn Narlesky, Dean's Office, 530-752-5257

Admissions information and Guide for Prospective Students available online.

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