For three Saturdays in May, nearly 30 high school students from districts around the northern area of the state will be committing their weekends to the new UC Davis Veterinary Medicine Exploration Academy Program.
The enrichment program, a joint venture of the School of Veterinary Medicine and Academic Preparation Programs, both of UC Davis, aims to invite and challenge students to consider the field of veterinary medicine as a career.
Among the exploration activities are:
- lectures about equine medicine, eye specialties, surgery, toxicology and more, given by veterinary faculty experts
- laboratory sessions alongside a dozen veterinary student mentors to introduce participants to anatomy, microbiology, radiology and other topics
- writing project
- laboratory exam
Small groups and one-on-one sessions will provide plenty of individualized attention for the lessons as well as guidance on how to prepare for college and veterinary school.
The campus' Department of Academic Preparation and affiliated programs (Early Academic Outreach Program, Upward Bound, Educational Talent Search and College Options) have a successful 40+ year history of preparing first-generation and/or low-income students from middle and high school in the Sacramento Valley, Shasta and Siskiyou County regions to pursue a postsecondary education.
The Academy followed another successful "Future Day" May 2, sponsored by the Veterinary Student Outreach Club. At this event, 4-H and Future Farmers of America members from around the region went behind the scenes at the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. Other high school students also attended. All participants have expressed an interest in veterinary medicine.
In all, more than 100 young visitors met with veterinary students and heard presentations from student clubs on wildlife and aquatic medicine, pathology, avian and exotic animal medicine, lab animals, food animals and emergency response.
The Exploration Academy and Future Day demonstrate in their own ways the school's commitment to recruitment of qualified students who reflect the diversity of California's population and the variety of veterinary careers available.