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Veterinary medicine is a profession offering multiple career opportunities. From caring for sick animals to conducting medical research that helps both animals and humans, veterinarians are involved in many exciting careers.

The Veterinary Summer Experience Program seeks to provide worthwhile opportunities for current high school students interested in veterinary medicine while simultaneously generating a pool of potential veterinary students. To this end, the program has been designed to provide valuable educational experiences and acquaint students with all facets of our exciting profession. Students will shadow in a local veterinary practice in their hometown for five weeks and then spend one week in Knoxville as guests of the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. While at the veterinary college, they will be involved in various educational programs including lectures, laboratories, and clinical rotations.  There is no cost to attend the Veterinary Summer Experience Program.  The program will run from June 17 – July 19, 2024. 

All applicants must submit an application, an official high school transcript, and three reference letters. Applications must be electronically submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST on February 29, 2024. Supplemental materials must be postmarked by March 4, 2024. 

Applicants must also have an interest in veterinary medicine as a potential career.