I am a current high school senior, am I
eligible to participate in the Veterinary Summer Experience
Yes. Applicants should be a current junior or senior at the
time of application submission.
I have another activity (vacation, camp,
etc.) scheduled during the 6 weeks of the Veterinary Summer Experience Program,
am I still eligible to participate?
No. Participants must commit to
work 40 hours per week during each week of the 6 week program. Students who
cannot fulfill the requirement due to other obligations should not apply.
Exceptions will only be made for high school graduates needing to attend
freshman orientation programs at their respective college or university. No
other exceptions will be granted. Program staff take this requirement very
seriously because students who cannot fulfill program obligations deny other
students the opportunity to participate. Even if accepted, students who have
unexcused absences will be dismissed from the program.
Am I allowed to have my car on campus during
the week in Knoxville?
Participants are discouraged from bringing cars
to campus. Program staff will provide all needed transportation during the on
campus week. In cases where no alternatives exist, students who bring cars must
give their car keys to program staff immediately upon check-in to the dormitory.
Students bringing cars to campus may incur parking fees.
Is there a cost to participate in the
Veterinary Summer Experience Program?
No. Students selected to
participate in the Veterinary Summer Experience Program will receive a stipend
for their participation. Students will receive approximately four biweekly
direct deposit payments. The rate of compensation will be $7.25 per hour.
What are the room and board arrangements for
During the first five weeks of the program,
participants will live at home. During the last week of the program, students
will come to Knoxville as guests of the College of Veterinary Medicine. During
this week, they will live in University housing and eat in a university dining
hall. Room and board will be provided at no cost to the student.
I already work with a veterinarian, am I
still required to list three potential internship sites?
veterinarian(s) where you currently work will agree to serve as your internship
host(s), you can list only the name of the veterinarian(s) and clinic where you
work on your application. If this arrangement cannot be completed, you will be
asked to help identify alternative internship sites.
How many students will be selected to
participate in this year's Veterinary Summer Experience Program?
will select 12 program participants. Last year we received over 150
When will applicants be notified of their
All applicants will be notified of their status via email on
or before April 30, 2016. Please do not contact our office regarding your
application status prior to this time.
Should I call the Office of Diversity
regarding the program or my application status?
Due to the number of
applications we receive, the Office of Diversity cannot answer individual phone
calls regarding the program or applicant status. An email account (firstname.lastname@example.org
) has been established to
allow you to communicate with program staff. All emails will receive a timely
Are all students required to live in
University Housing during the final week of the program?
residential experience is a significant part of the Veterinary Summer Experience