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.

Due to the pandemic, the program will be virtual again this summer.

Summer 2021 Program Overview

This virtual program will run for four weeks: June 28-July 23, 2021. Programming will be Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, largely between the hours of 9 a.m.-2 p.m (Pacific Time).

Students will attend virtual lectures and labs taught by School of Veterinary Medicine faculty in a variety of topics such as neurology, shelter medicine, One Health, animal behavior, and zoo medicine. Workshops on admissions, resume, cover letter, and personal statements will also be held to help prepare students for future DVM applications.

Each student will also be paired with a current DVM student mentor. Mentors and mentees will meet each week and mentors will continue to support students beyond the four-week program.

All student participants will receive a $400 stipend at the end of the program for their participation.

On-campus veterinary experience is not a part of this summer program due to the pandemic; however, students will be kept informed of any potential future experience opportunities that we may be able to provide them.

Eligibility

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. Please note: Attending a university with no pre-vet program is not considered being from a disadvantaged background for the sake of this program.

Application

Applications are due by Friday, March 31 at 5:00 pm (PST). All application materials, including transcripts and letters of recommendation, must be received by the application deadline.

It is recommended that you refer to the PDF application before beginning the online application as it is difficult to save and come back to the actual application. This application cannot be saved while in progress. If you are not able to complete the application in one sitting, either restart from the beginning or put an “X” in the remaining fields to be completed at a later time and hit submit so that you do not lose the responses to the questions you completed. You can then return to the application and continue filling in your responses or edit. You are able to edit or update your application until the due date, and you will not have access to your application after the due date.

Because all application materials, including transcripts and letters of recommendation, need to be in by the application deadline, we suggest starting with these two steps:

1. Order official electronic transcripts (with all college coursework completed and in progress) to: lalrayess@ucdavis.edu.

2. Request two letters of recommendation and have them emailed directly to the program coordinator at lalrayess@ucdavis.edu. Recommenders are encouraged to include “SEP Recommendation – Applicant Name” in the subject line. Recommendations can be from supervisors or professors.

Online application

Please contact Program Director Lena Al-Rayess via email at lalrayess@ucdavis.edu with questions.