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Summer VETS Application Information


Admissions Decisions

All aspects of the application will be considered. However, much emphasis will be placed on grades and demonstrated pursuit of veterinary medicine as a career.  This program is highly competitive and decisions will be made upon review of all applications received by the deadline.

Submission of Required Materials

All required materials must be mailed to the Admissions Office and included in one envelope, with the exception of high school transcripts which can be sent directly if required by the high school (we will accept high school transcripts with the application if in a sealed envelope). Our mailing address is:

Admissions Office (Summer Program)
School of Veterinary Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
3800 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6044

Required Documents

Please take time to review the detailed instructions for each component before submitting your application packet.

  • Application Form

    Download the Summer VETS application (PDF). Complete in black or blue ink.  Please print. Be certain to sign it. Those under 18 years of age need to have a parent’s/guardian’s signature as well.

  • Essay

    Please write a one-page typed essay and explain why you want to participate in PennVet’s Veterinary Exploration Through Science program (VETS). We want to learn about your interests in science, medicine and veterinary experiences you may have had and why a career in veterinary medicine is a good match for you. Be certain to include your name at the top of the page.

  • Transcripts

    We require college students to submit official transcripts from every institution attended. We require high school transcripts for high school students as well as for students in their first year of college. Mid-year grades are required for high schools students whereas fall grades must be submitted by college students.

  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV)

    We require that each applicant provide us with a resume that outlines education, vet and animal experience, extracurricular activities, interests, hobbies, etc.

  • Evaluations

    Two evaluation letters are required and should be included in the one envelope being mailed to us. The letters should be in their original sealed envelopes from your evaluators. One letter must be written by a science teacher or science faculty, advisor or guidance counselor. The second letter should be written by a veterinarian or someone who can comment on your interest in veterinary medicine.

  • Application Fee
    • Please include the $40.00 non-refundable application fee with your application. This may be in the form of a personal check, money order or cashier’s check made payable to the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania. This fee must accompany your application. Applications will not be considered without it.  

    • All fees must be in US Dollars and international applicants must use a Bank Check/Money Order in US Dollars.  Returned checks will assessed a $30.00 fee on top of the application fee.  Personal checks from international applicants will not be accepted.


Checklist of Required Documents

Please submit the following materials in one envelope:

  • Summer VETS application form, completed and signed
  • Essay printed on a separate sheet, with your name included at the top
  • College and High School transcripts in their original sealed envelopes (high school transcripts mailed separately if required by the specific school)
  • Resume or curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Two (2) evaluations in their original sealed envelopes
  • Non-refundable application fee of $40 (US$)

Application Deadline

The application and all supportive documents must be received by the beginning of April. Decisions will be made and applicants will be notified of their status around the middle of April. Applications received after the deadline may be considered on a rolling basis if all spaces have not been filled.

Any Questions

Please contact the Admissions Office at the Veterinary School. You may contact us by email at summervets@vet.upenn.edu.