SEP GroupSummer Enrichment Program

The Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) began over 25 years ago and has welcomed students from around the world. It is designed to provide disadvantaged students with activities that will enhance their veterinary school applications. The five-week intensive summer program accommodates 12-20 students.

Program Overview

Students obtain some veterinary experience through rotations at the UC Davis Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital. Rotations may include Community Medicine, Small Animal Surgery, Equine Medicine, Equine Surgery, CAPE (Exotics), Behavior, Dermatology, Ophthalmology, and more. Additionally, professionals in, but not limited to, the veterinary medicine field present on their specialties and career paths. 

SEP also provides opportunities to learn more about how to strengthen veterinary school applications through resume and personal statement workshops and GRE study sessions led by a current veterinary student. Students also participate in mock Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs).


The program runs for the entire five weeks, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Each day follows the same schedule, with morning clinical rotations and afternoon lectures, presentations, and/or workshops. 


Students must be from a disadvantaged background* and upon the time of application, must:

  • Be at least 18 years or older
  • Have a minimum of one year of undergraduate biology and/or chemistry courses completed
  • Have a minimum 3.0 GPA in all sciences and cumulative coursework
  • Have some veterinary and/or animal-related experience

SEP is open to all students, regardless of residency status, including international. However, students who are or previously were enrolled in an international veterinary medicine program are not eligible for SEP.

*Includes, but is not limited to, educational, economic, social, or disability barriers


Students are responsible for costs that may be associated with travel to/from Davis as well as room, board, and transportation for the duration of the program. We can assist with locating housing. It is highly recommended that students have a bicycle (with lock) for transportation around campus. At the end of the program, students receive a $500 stipend.


Details on the summer 2021 program will be published here in December. The application will open in January (2021). Please contact Program Director Lena Al-Rayess via email at with questions.