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Summer VETS Program

Summer VETS 2019

Information on Summer 2019's program will be posted on our website in early January 2019.

Unfortunately, the program will be shifting for the summer of 2019 and High School weeks will not be held. We apologize for any disappointment and look forward to your applying for our college weeks in the future.

Thank you.

VETS Program Staff

Maybe you’ve wondered what it is like to be a vet student and are interested in getting a better look at what our VMD students experience.  Possibly, you’ve just recently started to think that veterinary medicine sounds like the career path for you, but haven't discovered the depth of science and research involved in the profession.   

PennVet's Veterinary Exploration Through Science (VETS) program is an exciting way to learn more about veterinary medicine and PennVet.  Now entering our 9th year, this day program runs in week long sessions. Two sessions have been designed specifically for college students and two sessions have been designed for high school students (high school students must CURRENTLY be in 11th or 12th grade)

We've created the program for those who are interested in the science of veterinary medicine and  have started to get some experience in and around veterinary medicine.  The program allows participants to gain insight into the depth and scope of profession.  From working clinically with animals, to scientific discovery and general public health, veterinarians are much more than “animal lovers”.  At the core, veterinarians are scientists and the program has been developed to allow participants to explore this.   

In the program, participants will shadow in two rotations with our fourth-year vet students and experience veterinary medicine throughout our small animal hospital.  Special labs in Pathology, Microbiology and Anatomy have been created specifically for our program and will be taught by our renowned faculty.

Summer VETS ProgramAn entire day will be devoted to New Bolton Center, our large animal facility. Students will tour through the Marshak Dairy, Widener Hospital for Large Animals, and our 4DDI (4 Dimensional Digital Imaging) device. The program schedule is supplemented by several lectures such as Public Health, Toxicology, Working Dogs, and Parasitology also all presented by Penn Vet's faculty.

A student panel discussion will be held with our current vet students which will provide participants the opportunity to learn firsthand about our veterinary school through the student perspective.

Finally, participants will interact with members of the Admissions Office who are coordinating this program and individual meetings with an Admissions representative can be arranged during lunch.

If you have an interest in a career in veterinary medicine, then this program will provide you with an understanding of the challenges and rewards of this profession. You will have the opportunity to interact with other students who share your passion and begin forging future relationships with those who care about science and medicine for animals.

Schedule Monday through Friday from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm.Download a sample schedule (PDF).
Housing Since this is a day program, housing is not included. However, different options and a list of local hotels can be found on the accommodations page.
Tuition The non-refundable tuition of $995.00 (US$ only) includes lunches, program materials, lab fees, and transportation to and from New Bolton Center.
Eligibility Students who are currently enrolled in college or post-baccalaureate programs are eligible to attend the college weeks. High school students who are currently enrolled in 11th or 12th grades are eligible to attend the high school weeks.  Current 10th graders are not eligible.

Students are required to complete an application, essay and submit two letters of recommendation in addition to transcripts. A non-refundable application fee of $40 (US$ only) is also required.


College applicants March 19th     

High School applicants April 2

A rabies inoculation is recommended but not required. Students will be required to bring two sets of scrubs and a lab coat with them.

Sessions: Summer 2018

Dates for Summer VETS 2018 will be:


  • Week 1: June 11th - June 15th, 2018
  • Week 2: June 18th - June 22nd, 2018

High School

  • Week 3: July 9th - July 13th, 2018
  • Week 4: July 16th - July 20th, 2018

Summer VETS 2018

Thank you for visiting the Summer VETS page. The Program dates and the application for Summer 2018 will be posted soon. Please contact with any questions.  Thank you.