July 2, 2012
Sometimes, to achieve a life-long dream, a little extra help can make a huge difference. The School of Veterinary Medicine welcomed 10 undergraduates to the 2012 Summer Enrichment Program June 29 for five weeks of practical experience, application advice, personal contact with veterinary students and guidance from faculty and school officials on how to become the most competitive applicant possible.
In the enrichment program, 10 participants spend five weeks engaged in a range of activities to strengthen their applications, enhance interview and test-taking skills, and learn the scope of duties and opportunities for veterinary careers. Each day at the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, the students gain veterinary-related experience that is required for entry into veterinary school.
Each participant has overcome some challenge on the path to higher education. This obstacle may be an educational or cultural disadvantage, financial hardship, a language barrier or physical disability that has resulted in difficulties at home or gaps in school performance.
Educational Activities and Practical Experience
The preveterinary group also benefits from interactions with our students. Current students coordinate and assist veterinary faculty with laboratories, lectures, tours, rounds and special presentations. The student coordinator for 2012 is Christine Haas, class of 2014. Participants learn anatomy, practice animal handling skills, take practice examinations and engage in many other activities related to strengthening their applications.
Good luck to all the SEP participants as they continue their studies, gain further veterinary-related experience and apply for veterinary school admission:
- Joseph Banuelos, UC Davis
- Mercedez Hymes, UC Davis
- Stephanie Klein, UC Davis
- Michelle Pabon, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus
- Elianne Perez, California State University, Northridge
- Aleta Rattanasith, UC Berkeley
- Ingrid Rodriguez, UC Davis
- Brittany Wilhite, Rutgers University
- Jeremy Wong, UC Davis
- Roberto Zevallos, Holy Names University
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